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 an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to RISC OS for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like RISC OS are Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source), Arch Linux (Free, Open Source), Windows 10 (Paid) and Fedora (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    1. The distribution features many desktop editions which can be installed from live discs. Some patent encumbered open source software is included in GeckoLinux which is not available in the default installation of openSUSE.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • BSD
      NomadBSD is a persistent live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD.
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    2. A Fast, friendly, open-source operating system, for newbies, geeks & DIY enthusiasts. Always Free Archcraft is & will always be free to download & use. No license purchases, No hidden fees.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • BSD
      • FreeBSD
      FuryBSD is a brand new, open source FreeBSD desktop. FuryBSD pays homage to desktop BSD projects of the past like PC-BSD and TrueOS with its graphical interface and adds additional tools like a live, hybrid USB / DVD image.

      Discontinued

      From FuryBSD official website (https://www.furybsd.org/): "Thank you for your interest in FuryBSD. This project has been discontinued. Plans to publish Q4 2020 images have been cancelled."

      And their official GitHub repo (https://github.com/furybsd) GitHub repository has been flagged as "archived".

    3. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, BlackBerry QNX has provided foundational software for many of the world’s mission-critical embedded systems since 1982.
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    4. Pearl Linux OS has been available for free download since 12/2014 with our first release simply titled Pearl Linux. It was based on the 14.04 released version of Ubuntu. That release was using the XFCE desktop environment.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Raspberry Pi
      An open-source OS for exploration, creation, and play. Kano OS is based on the Raspbian OS which itself is based on Debian, a Linux based operating system.
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    5. Ubuntu Cloud is an open source Linux operating system designed to be used as a personal cloud server. It is based on the well known Ubuntu Linux distribution and recognized as an official Ubuntu flavor, distributed by Canonical.
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    6. Nitrux is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution suitable for laptops and desktop computers. Its main desktop environment is Nomad, a KDE Plasma desktop enhanced with "plasmoids" to create a special blend of aesthetics and functionality.
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    7. Musix, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special emphasis on audio production.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 3.0.1, released in March 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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