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Ubuntu Alternatives for Windows

Ubuntu is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. 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 19 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Ubuntu are Windows 10, Windows 7, ReactOS and Windows 11.

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  1. Debian icon

    Debian

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    213 alternatives to Debian 

    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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    1.  Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No TrackingDebian will not track you or use your personal data.
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    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)

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    Guest

    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.

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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.

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    Guest

    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Windows 10

    155 alternatives to Windows 10 

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems

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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.
    LinuxDoge

    not free, not private, not Linux

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    Guest

    Ubuntu is a open source, free software, while windows is opposite, it's not even Linux. While moving from Ubuntu, Windows should be the last option, even Mac is better.

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    Windows 7

    140 alternatives to Windows 7 

    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.

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

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    This alternative is disputed. Windows 7 is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    Windows is not UNIX based OS

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    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.

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    ReactOS

    • Windows
    • FreeDOS
    173 alternatives to ReactOS 

    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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    This alternative is disputed. ReactOS is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    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.

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    Guest

    Not stable enough to consider. And it's still in alpha.

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    Guest

    Not stable nor complete enough to be an alternative. The OS has been beta for decades.

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    Windows 11

    200 alternatives to Windows 11 

    Windows 11 provides a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through a fresh experience. From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect to your favorite people, news, games, and content—Windows 11 is the place to think, express, and create in a natural...

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    operfeito11

    most people using linux use it to not use windows or mac

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    MINIX 3

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    • Windows
    • Linux
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    192 alternatives to MINIX 3 

    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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    1.  LightweightMINIX 3 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Command line interfaceMINIX 3 either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    illumos

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    186 alternatives to illumos 

    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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    1.  Rolling Releaseillumos supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No Trackingillumos will not track you or use your personal data.
    3.  Ad-freeillumos doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Lightweightillumos consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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      Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

      9 alternatives to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 

      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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      Windowsfx OS

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
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      21 alternatives to Windowsfx OS 

      The Windowsfx architecture is based on Ubuntu LTS. Windowsfx tries to take advantage of all the legacy Microsoft Windows user experience so that the learning curve on Linux is minimal.

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      AtlasOS

      143 alternatives to AtlasOS 

      AtlasOS is a 20H2 version of Windows which comes pre-tweaked with optimizations for FPS & latency. Atlas minimizes bloatware out of the box, and you won't have useless apps taking up your CPU power & increasing latency so you can get the edge on your opponents in...

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