Ubuntu Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Ubuntu for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Debian, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Ubuntu and 17 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Ubuntu are Windows 10 (Paid), Windows 7 (Paid), ReactOS (Free, Open Source) and MINIX 3 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 15, 2021

    1. The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.
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      Debian vs Ubuntu opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
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      JohnFastman Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software.
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      johndoee ubuntu is based on debian (debian is the father of ubuntu)
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      It doesn't let you install proprietary drivers and doesn't have a GUI to manage these drivers like Ubuntu or Mint has, due to its philosophy. That's a thing people forget to mention when saying Debian is the option for Ubuntu or even Mint, so it isn't.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      campbellbrendene Very fast and responsive compared to Ubuntu, especially at boot. Core packages are updated more frequently than on Ubuntu, also.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      There are no GUI (graphical ways) to install drivers and language packs. Everything should be done using the terminal. 2. Their website is very confusing for newbies to understand 3. The main ISO doesn't have proprietary stuff included, like proprietary drivers 4. You can use ppas like Ubuntu 5. No snap support as default 5. Complex installer 6. The packages are very old to maintain the stability, it can be very annoying for the users that want the most modern version of the programs first.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      Buster_Blue It's what Ubuntu is directly based on. It also isn't as hard to use as it used to be. I'd say that anyone who isn't completely new to Linux should be able to use it just fine. Though I'd recommend sticking with the stable branch of Debian if you are still relatively new, then moving to the other branches later on.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      SriramaKumar Debian is actually mostly like Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu is based off Debian. I think other distros like Fedora are literal alternatives to it.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10 would be made available free of charge to users...
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      This alternative is disputed. Windows 10 is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.


    3. Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. Windows 7 is built with the codebase from Vista and is a minor upgrade (6.

      Discontinued

      Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.

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      Windows 7 vs Ubuntu opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Windows 7 is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      JohnFastman Alternative to Ubuntu? Windows is a) not Linux, b) not open source, c) makes huge profits form underwhelming performance, d) nothing like as customizable e) next in line from Microsoft to be abandoned for security updates. Ubuntu isn't the best, but Win7 isn't even slightly the best alternative to THAT.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Windows is not UNIX based OS
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    4. ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).
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      ReactOS vs Ubuntu opinions
      This alternative is disputed. ReactOS is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Not stable nor complete enough to be an alternative. The OS has been beta for decades.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      RemovedUser ReactOS is in alpha since 1996, I don't think it should be an alternative, it dosen't have hardware support, it is slow and etc.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Not stable enough to consider. And it's still in alpha.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      MINIX is a POSIX-compliant Unix-like operating system based on a tiny microkernel running in kernel mode with the rest of the operating system running as a number of isolated, protected, processes in user mode.


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      illumos is a free and open-source Unix operating system. It derives from OpenSolaris, which in turn derives from SVR4 UNIX and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). illumos comprises a kernel, device drivers, system libraries, and utility software for system administration.
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    5. With LTSC, customers can delay receiving feature updates and instead only receive monthly quality updates. Features from Windows 10, like Cortana, Edge, and all in-box Universal Windows apps, are also not included.
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      The first Linux® distribution optimized for WSL. Based on Debian®. From open-source software startup Whitewater Foundry. Formerly known as WLinux.
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      Armbian is a base operating system platform for single board computers (SBCs) that other projects can trust to build upon.
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    6. 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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