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. The AROS Research Operating System is a lightweight, efficient, and flexible desktop operating system, designed to help you make the most of your computer.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • GitHub
      NodeOS is a lightweight operating system using Node.js as userspace and managed by npm. Any package in npm is a NodeOS package, which at last count was 244,180 packages. The goal of NodeOS is to provide just enough to let npm provide the rest.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • PandaBoard
      • BeagleBoard
      • Raspberry Pi
      Risc OS is an open-source OS specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset.
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    2. Dragora GNU/Linux is a distribution created from scratch with the intention of providing a stable, multi-platform and multi-purpose operating system. It is built upon 100% free software.
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    3. KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Enso aims to be a clean and simple OS that is easy to use and incorporates some of our favourite projects from around the Linux world.
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    4. Trusted End Node Security (TENS), previously called Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), is a Linux-based live CD with a goal of allowing users to work on a computer without the risk of exposing their credentials and private data to malware, key loggers and other Internet-era...
    5. BLAG is a single-cd distro with everything desktop users "expect" from a desktop, plus a collection of nice server apps.

      Discontinued

      The Blag Linux and GNU project is discontinued. It was removed from the 100% free distributions of GNU for this reason.
      https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

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    6. Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks This OS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want an out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when...
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    7. Oracle Solaris is the #1 enterprise OS, delivering breakthrough high-availability, security, efficiency, and industry-leading scalability/performance.
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