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RISC OS Alternatives

RISC OS is described as 'Risc OS is an open-source OS specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset' and is a operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to RISC OS for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and Arch Linux. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like RISC OS are Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux, Fedora and Windows 10.

RISC OS alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of RISC OS.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • PandaBoard
  • BeagleBoard
  • Raspberry Pi

Risc OS is an open-source OS specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset.

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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
  2. 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.
    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseArch Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop


  3. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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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    Linux kernel

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The Linux kernel is the operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableLinux kernel is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceLinux kernel either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  7. 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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    The boot screen
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    Kubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableKubuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Kubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"
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    Xubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.

    ⚫︎ LightweightXubuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Xubuntu 19.10
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    openSUSE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableopenSUSE is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseopenSUSE supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
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    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
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