Alternatives to Windows 10 for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a Debian Linux-based open source operating system for desktop computers.

    • Easiest to get up and running OOTB, even for newbies. It's also the most widely supported Linux distro in existence. Guest • Aug 2018 • 19 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • because it is generally faster than windows, easy to use and has the linux kernel. Guest • Jun 2020 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu is free of charge, more secure and comes with an office suite and user tools out of the box; something that Microsoft sells at a premium when it barely functions. coralofJan 2019 • 15 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Literally any Linux distro is better than Windows 10 Guest • Sep 2020 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to install. Includes plenty of ready-to-use software; additional software is easy to add. Easy to update; updates only when convenient for you. Intuitive interface; should not take too long to get used to for a former Windows user. Helpful support community. Easy to recover the whole system, including all your preferences, from a backup (obviously, so long as you do them). Faster. Better. Best of all, free. Guest • Jun 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is user-friendly, has a large user-base and works well with minimal setup Guest • Apr 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is not easy to use for Windows folks. Guest • Dec 2019 • 5 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Runs every game i want to use, more performance than windows on the same machine Guest • Oct 2019 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's open source, easy to use and more powerful than Windows 10. Guest • Nov 2017 • 14 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • By default, it uses Gnome desktop environment which is a totally different approach from Windows 10. It doesn't even look like this. Not a customizable DE. Very limited, and mostly keyboard-driven. People who want Ubuntu, need to relearn how everything works. Guest • Dec 2019 • 12 agrees and 22 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, open source, secure, and stable (LTS releases). programadorvegJul 2018 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The most games are for windows if you want a OS for gaming go back to windows Guest • Sep 2018 • 11 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good alternative but you must to learn linux other wise hard to use. OKTAYMERCANMar 2019 • 1 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A truly stable and working Operating System, free, open source, secure, lots of softwares available? What more could we ask for? Guest • May 2018 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu is free of charge but you can support them by buying a cap, polo, shirt etc. It is a light OS, not buggy, no virus, a beautiful philosophy! No spyware etc. You can remove the Amazon plugin with the Synaptic Manger. linuxienNov 2016 • 14 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu is easy to install and has a clean user interface. Guest • Feb 2018 • 6 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu is good operating System but Linux distro's Low performance due to no or lack of genuine driver support. One Simple example; Dell provide a battery life safe driver for Windows, and Thinkpad also provide one on Linux, But both are hardware dependent, means only working one own Hardware and means closed sourced. But Windows 10 provide functionality to save battery life all PCs. So, Linux may be good for old and custom PC, but Modern Mobile PC like Laptops, Tablets works good on Windows. Guest • Oct 2018 • 3 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very user-friendly, stable and come with many free softwares mehdishokoohiJun 2017 • 10 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar to windows in philosohophy and features, good gateway distro Guest • Jan 2017 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and...

    • Windows like UI, easy to use, Free and open source theedevDec 2019 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Is super easy to use, looks like windows 7 but with the modern functionality of w10 wiithout the bloatwatre, spamware, os as a virus, software as a service and general w10 fuckery Guest • Nov 2019 • 9 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's very windows-like without the bloat and spyware of windows. Guest • Jan 2019 • 17 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • In my opinion, it is the best alternative, since for less experienced users, its graphic environment is very similar to Windows daviwalleMay 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Microsoft 'NSA-Tool' Windows is spyware! Linux is not. FrodeLindeijerMar 2018 • 14 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Great if you want a Windows 7-like experience, but with all the features of a linux distro. Guest • Jul 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE! Guest • May 2016 • 16 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is the closest Linux to windows good if you just want an alternative to windows and not really something new altenativetoJun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Probably the most user friendly distro for Windows users, at least from the ones I know of. Looking really good in terms of support for programs you would run as an average user and/or good alternatives. Most importantly, no spyware and background crap as in Windows and huge customization possibilities. It's still not fully free as in freedom which means that you can install most proprietary apps and use them very easily. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • No spyware, little bloatware, free, works out of the box with wifi, etc. Guest • Sep 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, open source, user-friendly, based on the LTS (stable) versions of Ubuntu but better, fully configurable and really fast and lightweight. Guest • Jan 2017 • 9 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No interaction required to maintain, no forced updates, no fragmentation or junk files, and realistically no viruses or other malware. One can use it without knowing how to manage a computer, although everything is made really simple and the learning curve is small. Guest • Jan 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint is really good alternate spl for stepping in linux horizon. Linux offers really good choices sometimes really hard to pick either of two that's the beauty. Guest • Jan 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • User friendly. Cinnamon desktop is similar to Windows. Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, OpenSource, User-friendly, Customizable, has addons mecubeApr 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Mint is easy on resources, does not need powerful newer computer to function. Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very easy to use. has friendly interface. has lots of open-source free apps. much more safer than windows 10 since you don't use root user. and due to linux mint terms and conditions they do not spy on your activities like what Microsoft does. Guest • Sep 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux Mint is easy to use (as Windows 10), open source, and more secure. felippehdJul 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux Mint overloads the hardware, especially with older devices, not like Windows 10, and above all you don't have a constant 100% disk load. And even all the other surprises of Windows 10, such as logging in with a temporary profile, you don't have under Linux Mint. The biggest advantage of Linux Mint (and other Linux distributions) is the fact that you can install updates without rebooting. Even when you replace the core. Guest • Nov 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux Mint is the easier Linux distro for normal user. DanielRios549Dec 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, OpenSource and user-friendly :) Guest • Oct 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It supports most of the programs and boots up fast. Guest • Dec 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Most stable, elegant-looking, versatile Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Debian

    WHAT is 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...

    • i have linux mint 19.2 cinnamon and i find it very easy to operate windows always change desktop also my wife woke up to use her computer with windows 10 when she turned on it was completely wiped out her browser was not there all icons etc. Guest • May 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's not functional without user coding Guest • Sep 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Like a vanilla linux os and most large packe library. also you can run windows games and other programs on linux. OKTAYMERCANMar 2019 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software Guest • Dec 2016 • 15 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is a not so good alternative for those who cares about updates. We know that to maintain the stability, the distribution (at least his stable branch) doesn't have the latest updates firstly. This way, some users won't feel truly fulfilled by the distribution. Guest • Sep 2017 • 30 agrees and 19 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No SPYWARE- Not COLLECTING personal data. And not WORKING with their fellow NSA and CIA for the world domination of the internet. Open Source will eventually prevail, and GAFAMs will fail. Guest • Apr 2017 • 12 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You can do whatever you did on Windows, plus much more, plus freedom in every aspect! vazirifiedMay 2017 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Manjaro Linux

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    • User friendly. Great entry to the Linux and Free Software world. Best hardware support out of all Linux. Rolling release. Fast updates. Guest • Dec 2019 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Arch Linux but friendly both for experienced Linux and normal Windows users. Guest • Aug 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's the easiest Linux distribution for newbies: install with a few clicks and ready to go. Plus a rolling release OS with guarantees all the latest updates in time and no complex major upgrades. Guest • Jul 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Even though its ease of use, the magnificent eye candy that can beat both mac os and windows, and letting you do your work without worrying about the computer internals Manjaro does not have completely free soft-wares as in freedom like other gnu based distributions. Guest • May 2018 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Arch Linux

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  • Windows 7

    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed...

    • Discontinued
      Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.
    • Windows 10 lags most of the time. Never experienced it with Windows 7. No need to sign in. Windows 10 eats data faster then I can eat my lunch. Guest • Feb 2020 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Still commercial. Has lots of security issues and still need a commercial anti-virus to be safe. But better than windows 10 in many ways. Guest • Dec 2019 • 6 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Is the best system of the world Guest • Jun 2020 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not nearly as bad as Windows 10, but Windows 7 still is proprietary, not secure (especially since support has ended), doesn't have any package manager, not that customizable and its based on the flawed NT kernel. One advantage is that is still has good app compatibility (the gap is quickly closing, with more software support Linux!), but you'd be better off with using one of the many great linux distros. Guest • Sep 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • it's better in every way except that we can't buy it anymore Guest • Sep 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Less spying, no forced updates, less useless features like Cortana, overall less dumbed down beat_truckMay 2018 • 19 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No spyware, cheaper, looks nicer and runs faster than Windows 10. Runs much more software than Linux. Guest • Jun 2017 • 23 agrees and 39 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package...

    • This distributions isn't a good choice if you're used to MacOS or Windows. It's very difficult even to install it. Everything is around the terminal and commands. It isn't for newbies, especially these who are entering on Linux world. williamneisJun 2017 • 62 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I really like its philosophy, as it is the opposite of Windows 10, and if you are tired of Windows (as it is in my case) it is highly recommended, as it is a lightweight and completely modular distribution daviwalleMay 2020 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Nearly any Linux distro is better that Windows 10 Guest • Dec 2019 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Unlike Windows 10, Arch is not a mainstream everyday OS. Guest • Apr 2020 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • if you are a geek, and you bored Windows and MacOS. if you say "want to more customizable and want more more thing". want to useing CLI like a hacker more control and more permission on OS and want open source OS then you should try ARCH linux. I'm warn you, too complicate use and install, not for end user. OKTAYMERCANMar 2019 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Arch is very customizable. The installation may seems intimidating at the start, but after that you've got a desktop of your own. Arch is also very stable. Guest • Jul 2018 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.

    • Great defaults, good security, and fast updates, thought it does need codecs from a third party to play some media. One of the best OSes for a software developer, sysadmin, or power user. Guest • Jul 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use and really good performance. In my I haven't experienced errors with it. Guest • May 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its easy to use and its much faster. cycroenerugiAug 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    • Similar UI to MacOS, but free and can run on any computer that runs windows. Guest • Jul 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Really easy to use and a very simple interface. And, obviously a nice look! Guest • May 2020 • 1 agrees and 1 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...

    • You can't install it OFFICIALLY on any device. If you want macOS OFFICIALLY, you need to buy a Macbook or iMac. Pretty limiting. Guest • Dec 2019 • 21 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No viruses, cleaner UI, and more accessibility stuff, but you need Ferrari money to use it and there are less games. kayvonkamyarJul 2020 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • in every way it is better. except price. Guest • Sep 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Probably the best alternative. All of the software compatability and actually is beautiful and elegant to use. Only con is hardware (ie price and compatabilty-- projectors etc) a mac, all of the yes. Mac book, maybe not Guest • Nov 2019 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MacOS is identical to Windows 10 in terms of overall support, which makes it a good choice for someone that doesn't want to run Windows at work, but isn't allowed to use Linux Guest • Aug 2018 • 3 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Beautiful Design, More Stable, User Friendly, Pretty much virus free, Expensive hardware but you get free software updates and with tricks can install it for free on compatible hardware that is not from Apple Guest • Aug 2018 • 0 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More secure, more stable, but more expensive. programadorvegJul 2018 • 3 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best non-geek OS, definitely. philosopher0Mar 2016 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

    • Good linux alternative for windows lightweight and ubuntu base. OKTAYMERCANMar 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Extremely fast, stable reliable and fully compatible to Ubuntu. altenativetoDec 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Stable, easy to use, lightweight on even lower spec/older computers. Guest • May 2018 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Windows 10 Comments

Better than 8.1, yet still needs work.

Comment by thornecamila
about Windows 10 · Mar 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 11 Helpful Report as spam

I want to be a fan for Win10 (after 8.1, I really needed the upgrade) but I can't overlook the things which are bugging me. It is a very heavy OS and makes me computer slow down a bit, and tries to take decisions for me. Automatic updates are a pain and the fact that the apps cannot be placed in the main screen is a little ridiculous (calendar and weather used to be on my desktop, would like that possibility to return). Don't even get me started on the lack of privacy this OS has...


Comment by linuxien
about Windows 10 · May 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 9 Helpful Report as spam

Windows 10 is a proprietary software, meaning you have no privacy. There are evidence that Windows 10 sends about 5000 times a day information to Microsoft (hello spyware !!!).
This OS is a joke in itself, it just exists because it is AUTOMATICALLY installed on every pc (except for macs and for some rare pcs with GNU Linux).
Please remember this company, Microsoft, has been condemned for its monopoly, and with Internet Explorer installation discouraging people from using Firefox from instance.
It's no surprise some people are billionaires with 50/100 euros or dollars minimum per licence per computer, isn't it Mr Gates?

[Edited by linuxien, May 04]


Are you not tired of trolling, dear Linux zealot? How arrogant and narcissistic you are!

Still not Moving to 8 or 10...

Comment by realnabarl
about Windows 10 and Windows 8, Windows 7 · Jan 2015 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

I like the UI of Windows 7. Windows 8 and 10 use Metro UI, which looks quite boring.


Comment by RemovedUser
about Windows 10 · Jun 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

I recently installed Windows 10 on a new PC and saw that the option to create a local account is gone. Now you have to create a Microsoft account, and then go to settings later on to switch to a local account.

Windows is dead to me. If I didn't need it to run games, I would be a full-time Linux user.


You can create local accounts, just click on skip on the bottom left.

Also you can use Proton to run windows games

Comment by nomeacuerdo
about Windows 10 · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -20 Helpful Report as spam

Really stable and looks more polished than OSX (long-time OSX user that got fed up with Apple killing their desktop environment)


More polished than OSX? What? Apple killing their desktop environment? You're fed up with "Apple killing their desktop environment" but you choose to use Windows 10? What? Could you please explain how Apple is killing their desktop environment and how Windows 10 is better?

How is Windows more polished than macOS? Apple spends a lot of time polishing their DE to give it a 'premium' feel, even if that means utter lack of customization or control. If you want stability, control, customization and polish, I'd try a GNU/Linux distribution. For polish, I'd try ElementaryOS' desktop environment, Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop environment, or maybe Ubuntu MATE, depending on your taste. For stability, I'd go with a solid Debian installation or Ubuntu's LTS releases, and for customization, ANY desktop environment in Linux is better than Windows or macOS.

Hm. I have no idea how you arrived to that conclusion.