Alternatives to Ubuntu for all platforms with any license

  • CentOS

    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform...

    • Very old packages, same as Debian Stable and Red Hat. It's often use as server, not as a desktop. If you want huge stability, you can use it. Guest • Oct 2018 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • macOS

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is designed to run on Macintosh computers, having been pre-installed on all Macs since...

    • Proprietary, with limited hardware support. Poor support for developers. Guest • Jul 2019 • 12 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's paid for, proprietary and runs only on Apple hardware. Guest • Nov 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is what rich people use in their daily driver. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Worst alternative after Windows if you want games, even Linux is better than macOS. Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not privacy focused. Proprietary platform. macOS is expensive (because hardware), Ubuntu is free. Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • if you have money, macos is the best os johndoeeApr 2018 • 3 agrees and 35 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac

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  • Solus

    Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.

    • It doesn't have many applets compared to Ubuntu Budgie, so customization on Solus, especially its flagship with Budgie is pretty limiting. Guest • May 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Solus created the Budgie desktop. Solus is a rare curated-rolling-release distro. Solus has Steam Implementation Built-in, excellent for gamers. GUI to manage drivers and easy access to newer drivers. Not bloated like Ubuntu. The community is very kind and helpful. Guest • Jun 2019 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Solus is rolling release (but VERY stable). It uses own technology also. The Solus team builds the cool Budgie desktop. Ubuntu collects user data, Solus doesn't. Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Raspberry Pi OS

    Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is the Foundation’s official supported operating system.

    • it's cool, a debian for the raspberry, i use it for my pi's, but i am looking for a replacement for my desktop Guest • Jul 2019 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's an operating system. so is ubuntu adsmzAug 2015 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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  • Pop!_OS

    Pop!_OS is designed for people who use their computer to create; whether it’s complicated, professional grade software and products, sophisticated 3D models, computer...

    • It doesn't let you remove basic utilities that comes pre-installed like text editor, email client, calculator without breaking the entire distribution due to a metapackaged used. Guest • May 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • System76 just took Ubuntu and made it better Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Antergos

    Antergos, as its father, Arch Linux , is a rolling release distro. It started life under the name of Cinnarch, combining the Cinnamon...

    • There are 2 types of Linux distros: Long-term releases (updates when updates are stable) and rolling (updates when updates are ready). Ubuntu updates when the update is stable. Antergos, as soon as an update is ready. Antergos is Arch based, Ubuntu based on Debian - arguably the biggest difference. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo...

    • It takes 3 days only to install it... Are you ready for losing your social life? Guest • Jun 2019 • 9 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

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Ubuntu Comments

Comment by wisd0m
about Ubuntu · Jun 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Every time more i find Ubuntu commercial and full of ads, everytime more using non-free stuff and not free software like in old days


I agree with you. Canonical has been straying further and further away from their original vision, and I no longer recommend Ubuntu as a good, reliable, private-oriented Linux distro.

Have you considered using other distros? Here are a few suggestions:

Small Manjaro Linux iconManjaro Linux
Small Fedora iconFedora
Small Linux Mint iconLinux Mint
Small Pop!_OS iconPop!_OS

Mint is probably the most similar and easiest to get a hang of when moving from Ubuntu.

12.04... rock solid?

Comment by wormwood
about Ubuntu · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I like Ubuntu, really really like it, but each install I have lots of problems. Touchpad works fine for a couple of minutes, then it freezes. ctr+alt+f1 and ctrl+alt+f7 so it can work again. Lots of workarounds for a simple touchpad to work. When rebooting, after some driver updates and other stuff it requests (nvidia, libraries, gnu+whatever) it freezes before it is supposed to load the cursor, and screen keeps purple forever. Then, in recovery mode, it just runs a series of numbers every 30 seconds and stays like that. When I reinstall, same thing again. So I'm back to my old WinXP, waiting for the next release, and see if they fix anything so I can install it and work nicely with my lenovo t410.


Comment by thelivingded
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Absolutely a great GNU/Linux distribution, especially for newbies. Everything "just works", exactly the way you want it to.


Comment by thebadwolf
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I think that the Mac OS X is the best alternative... but Ubuntu being free is my number one choice. Absolutely in love with Ubuntu.


Comment by Guest
about Ubuntu · Sep 2020 · Report as spam

because i need games


Comment by Guest
about Ubuntu · Jul 2017 · Report as spam

Ease of use: Very easy to install, easy to use, wonderful community.


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Have you tried SuperOS or LinuxMint? (I like SuperOS more) and have they also had the crashing problem that you mention? Just for comparison, because that is mostly what I have used. I rarely if ever use flat Ubuntu. For portability on my USB sticks I use Slitaz or Austrumi, but haven't had a problem with either of them.

I actually can find repositories that have all of the programs I use. So I dont usually need to compile them, but there are a few games and programs that I have compiled because there is no other way to get them installed. (at least not with the latest version) and How you talked about the single click RPM creation, there are a few programs that do that for DEBs as well. (i think its like debreate and a few others) but I personnaly have not tried them yet.


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

For the Screen dimming. On my Gateway laptop I have never had that happen, but on a friend of mines HP it does, but that was with an older version of Ubuntu the newer ones didnt do that.

All in all, glad that you found a linux OS that you like though. Thats one nice thing about there being so many Distros. I have only minimally tried OpenSUSE, maybe one of these days I can spend more time testing it, and see how it is. One reason why I stuck with Ubuntu based is because I do a lot of studio work, and I like PureDyne and Ubuntu Studio, because they have the real-time kernels and other optimizations, and pre-configurations that help me quickly do what I need to do. Is there a OpenSUSE based derivative that is similar to those studio based versions that you know of?


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Oh did I say bug? The most annoying bug that I hate in Ubuntu is screen brightness auto configuration. every time I turn on the machine the screen brightness automatically becomes dim, and I have to adjust it.
Did you say report bugs? I can't even remember how many times I have reported a bug or tried to report a bug and found out it has been reported by many many others! now this is not something bad, it is actually good. it means that the system is getting better! But when I found a bug has been reported a long time ago many times but it has not been fixed yet I find this really disappointing.


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

by short updates I don't mean updates that are small! what I mean is shortage of efficient updates and most importantly shortage of update support! 18 month of support couldn't be that bad, but when there you are stuck with an old system and annoying bugs, the only option is to upgrade. But if users are going to upgrade in, then there should be a safe rout to do so. I mys self had the bad experience of upgrading and losing data, although I was prepared and had a backup plan, and I turned the loss of data just to a loss of time. but still this is not a very convenient way to be up to date.
Exactly! Beta ware! and it is the nature of Debian based systems. If Ubuntu was RPM based, probably it would have been more stable. But that is what Ubuntu is and there is nothing to do about it.


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

About compiling, you as a Linux user should know that it is very important to build the software from source, specially when there are no binaries available. I personally compile most applications, because then I get a good application which is totally compatible with my system structure. Linux users who compile applications know what I am talking about, when it comes to Debain in general. In Ubuntu I can only compile half of the applications successfully unlike OpenSUSE, that I can easily compile almost anything. you will be surprised to hear that I have even compiled some Windows applications under SUSE, and they have worked. It is truly powerful. Besides there is a powerful RPM building package that I can use to build single click RPM packages to share the applications I like with my friends. Debian packaging system is a joke, and can not be compared to RPM.


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

By the way, at the moment that I'm writing this post, I'm still testing Ubuntu.
Nothing special about this, but just to let you know.


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

and again here is the rest that was cutoff::

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I have used. I can configure it easier and in more ways than I ever could in Windows. I have used Windows for about 18 years and various distributions of Ubuntu for about 3 years. I have not used a Mac that much but, I don't like that Macs are only legally installed on a mac system. So I don't use Macs. I have a Gateway FX laptop currently and Prefer its configuration over most Macs.

So besides blunt comments what experience have you had with ubuntu?


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Hmm my comment was cutoff: here is the rest::

Ubuntu by itself does not come with much. Its exactly like if you get the Windows Vista install disk or maybe even the Windows 7 install disk. The normal install disk is a 'bare-bone' install with very little drivers or anything. So that you can configure it how you like.

(For the Windows Vista install disk, I am speaking from when I got my laptop it came installed with a fully configured Windows Vista but I did not make a restore disk. When Windows majorly crashed on me and I lost all of my data, I tried reinstalling it from the Install disk that it came with and it was bare-bone with None of the nice configurations that it had when it was pre-installed. Ubuntu in my experience is the same way it is bare-bone so that you can make to what you want but that takes a lot of time. So I just get the pre-configured Ubuntus instead.)

So if you get SuperOS or other pre-configured versions they will probably work better for you out of the box, because most of them include the drivers and software people use on an everyday basis, and would take less time to configure to your liking.

Don't get me wrong Ubuntu has its problems just as Windows and Mac do. No OS is going to be "Perfect." Windows does well at recognizing monitors and scaling them to fit the display really well. Ubuntu does not do that easily yet.
(in my experience) Ubuntu can run games faster than Windows (if you get it installed).

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I