Best Windows 10 Alternatives in 2021

    Windows 10 is described as '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' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Windows 10 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows, BSD and Mac. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 10 are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Debian (Free, Open Source), Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source) and Windows 7 (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    1. Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.
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      Solus vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think Solus is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      Solus is the most accessible free OS (Linux distribution) that I've ever tested. For a beginner it is easy to use on a daily basis as all necessary drivers are already included. For my part every software I needed to download were already included in the built-in Software Center and easy to find there. The interface is smooth and looks beautiful. Minimalistic. I would definitely recommend this OS the most to anyone who never used anything else than Windows
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    2. Ubuntu Mate is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.
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      Ubuntu MATE vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think Ubuntu MATE is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      coralof Ubuntu MATE has a rock-solid Ubuntu LTS base, along with a much faster default desktop environment, which makes it my choice for a Windows alternative.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago


    3. Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world.
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      Zorin OS vs Windows 10 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Zorin OS is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      ThomasStevenson It's faster and more secure (doesn't get viruses). It's based on Ubuntu Linux, so it's Open Source and really customizable. You can even run Windows apps alongside all the great free Linux apps. I've never looked back since moving to Zorin!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Kepler It is like windows 7 and is good for noobs who has just started using linux. Plus, you can run some Windows apps in this with an app called Wine.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      SimoneStarace I have switched from Windows 10 to Zorin OS (with xfce as a Desktop Enviroment) for almost one year. This operating system is very easy to use, and I recommend it for anyone who wants to try to use a distro based on the Linux Kernel without too much difference from a Windows interface.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      Unless all other linux, his display are stable AND unserfriendly. It don't shit on your face when you try to install a non-free package, it don't care, it try to launch at anycost like a windows. It's easy to install windows software with a wine preconfig. Well, if you want to use the real power of Linux, go for it !
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      JohnFastman Zorin OS is a Linux distribution intended by its creators to look as much as Windows as possible in order to make the Windows-to-Linux transition as easy as possible for beginners. It's not open source though, and I doubt this approach will benefit all that many people. Better go for Linux Mint or Manjaro or Elementary OS and accept there will be a few differences in how things look.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google that uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface, so it works primarily with web applications.
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      Google Chrome OS vs Windows 10 opinions
      Some users think Google Chrome OS is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
      mlocik97 Google Chrome is really good, but different,... it's not like standard system and is unable to run offline apps (well, they added support for debians app for some devices, but still there is a lot of devices without support fot it), so it's more for online things and just Office and Internet than as solid system for all stuff even offline.
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

      Great for someone who only uses Chrome and Google products, and maybe a few lightweight linux applications. Security is great, provided you don't mind Google having all of the data on it.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

    5. Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary entrepreneurs Bob Young and Marc Ewing.
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      The perfect OS for long term stability, and amazing documentation and support.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is the Foundation’s official supported operating system. You can install it with NOOBS or download the image below and follow our installation guide.
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    7. Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals.
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      Gentoo vs Windows 10 opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Gentoo is still a legitimate alternative to Windows 10, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      ab1 Seamless switch is impossible between WIndows and Linux. Different kernels. Different formats of executable files. Different and missing driver for peripheral on Linux.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      Really only good for a software enthusiast, or someone who genuinely needs to build a custom-compiled OS for some reason.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

    8. Antergos, as its father, Arch Linux , is a rolling release distro.


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      Some users think Antergos is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
    9. Haiku is an 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 powerful.
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    10. More than ever people expect a stable desktop with cutting-edge features, all in a package which is easy to use and ready to make their own.
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