Alternatives to Ubuntu for all platforms with any license

  • Solus

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

    • 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 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    is a Linux distribution developed by Red Hat and targeted toward the commercial market.

    • Red Hat is stronger and more secure and also faster Guest • Aug 2015 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ 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 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

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  • KDE neon

    KDE neon is a Kubuntu based Linux distribution and live DVD featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop and...

    • A good alternative to Ubuntu and Kubuntu because it only ships the necessary, no useless packages like Kubuntu. It's a minimalistic distro. If you want the new versions of Plasma Shell, you should install it instead of Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE). Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Zorin OS

    Zorin OS is an easy to use, Linux-based operating system designed to make your computer faster, more powerful and secure.

    • It's easy to use and looks like Windows, so beginners (like me) don't need to learn a new interface just to use Linux. It's based on Ubuntu so it's got all the features Ubuntu has, but it's better :) ThomasStevensonApr 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Linux

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  • Haiku

    Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very...

    • Very outdated, no one created programs for it, it's a forgotten OS. Very limited in packages, drivers and stuff. Guest • Oct 2018 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Haiku

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  • SliTaz

    SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a CD-ROM or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs...

    • It's an excelent alternative if you have a computer with low specs, it can run with 250 MB of RAM, 5 GB of ROM. It's a very small ISO and small in system usage. It's a good alternative for Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE/LXQT). Guest • Oct 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • OpenBSD

    The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive...

    Free Open Source BSD

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  • Trisquel

    Trisquel is a computer operating system, a GNU Linux distribution, derived from another distribution, Ubuntu, which is derived from Debian.

    • There are no proprietary drivers, codecs and packages. Everything is free and open-source and it's very limited. Guest • Oct 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Slackware

    Slackware Linux is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software...

    • It's hard to install, hard to maintain, there is no package manager nor updated versions of the lastest packages. It's not a rolling release, not fixed, it's a complex and good system for uses that want huge stability and total control of the system. it also doesn't have systemd as init system, it doesn't have grub, it's totally different from Ubuntu and most distros. Not good for newcomers or casual users. Guest • Oct 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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Ubuntu Comments

Comment by wisd0m
about Ubuntu · Jun 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 1 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.

Comment by Guest
about Ubuntu · Jul 2017 · 1 Helpful Report as spam

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


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 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

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

Short Updates! Forget about stability! Crawl in beta ware! A hell for compilers! Bug Heaven!
My opinion: ===> Ubuntu is really a BAD JOKE!