Ubuntu Server Alternatives

    Ubuntu Server is described as 'The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Ubuntu Server for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows, BSD and Mac. The best alternative is Debian, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ubuntu Server are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source), Fedora (Free, Open Source) and elementary OS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 5, 2021

    1. Frugalware Linux is an independently developed general purpose desktop Linux distribution designed for intermediate users. It follows simple Slackware -like design concepts and includes the .
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Self-Hosted
      Minoca OS is a general purpose operating system designed specifically for feature-rich embedded devices. It's got all the high-level functionality that you've come to expect from an operating system, but offers it in a fraction of the memory footprint.
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    2. The community-oriented Unity Linux is a minimalist distribution and live CD based on Mandriva Linux.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Linux kernel
      Karoshi is a free and open source school server operating system based on Ubuntu.
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    3. eZeY (formerly Open Xange, before Xange and Vixta) is an easy-to-use, Fedora -based desktop Linux distribution featuring the KDE Plasma desktop.

    4. ULinux is based on openSUSE, and is a free linux distribution with the aim of combining the DIY-approach of Arch with the setup of Ubuntu.


      We have discontinued our distribution as not many people are interested and we are not just creating U for the sake of making it.

    5. GNU-Darwin aims to be the most free software distribution. Our mission is two-fold: Focus on projects that leverage our unique combination of Darwin and GNU, and help users to enjoy the benefits of software freedom.
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    6. instantOS is a Manjaro based distro that works out of the box but is still aimed at power users. Everything is lightning fast and works out of the box.
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    7. A Small Debian-based Live OS.


      Developed stopped in 2013. Last version, 2.0.1s32, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    8. Formerly known as Flint OS, and then named "FydeOS" after being acquired by NeverWare, the company behind .
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