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Pop!_OS is described as 'operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it' and is a popular Linux Distro in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Pop!_OS for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions and Electrum. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pop!_OS are Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux.

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  1. Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableUbuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
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    It is also a Linux Distro optimized for gaming with support for “non-free” drivers and software for gaming PCs. Sure, there may be some privacy issues, but if you are using it for gaming, that should not matter.

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    Less privacy respective, and arguably less polished interface

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  2. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

    ⚫︎ CustomizableLinux Mint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingLinux Mint will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Debian

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    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableDebian is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingDebian will not track or use your personal data.
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    Debian 9 gnome.
  4. Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableArch Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop
  5. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    ⚫︎ LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableManjaro Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track or use your personal data.
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    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
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    Comparable in power, function, and philosophy, but based on Arch instead of Ubuntu for those who prefer one over the other

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  6. Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableFedora is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingFedora will not track or use your personal data.
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    Fedora 23 (GNOME)
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    Support for “non-free” drivers was dropped with Fedora 34. also, upgrading the system results in losing all of my apps and personal files (unless I back them up) and you HAVE to upgrade Fedora every year.

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    Windows 7

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    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. Windows 7 is built with the codebase from Vista and is a minor upgrade (6.

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    Discontinued

    Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.

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  8. Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems

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    Chances are, if you are looking for an alternative to Pop OS, you don’t want to create an online Microsoft account, aren’t interested in XBox Live, and have security and privacy concerns about the platform.

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    Windows 10 isn't an alternative to Pop OS (and any distro) because of the high telemetry and non-free operating system

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    timgray

    Windows 10 is collecting massive amounts of personal information. Pop!_OS does not have the same privacy or reputation concerns.

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  9. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    ⚫︎ Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  10. The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTails is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tails without registration.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTails will not track or use your personal data.
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    This is a specialized distro just for private internet browsing. It isn’t designed for gaming like Pop! OS.

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