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Windows 10 Alternatives for Linux

Windows 10 is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows 10 and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows 10 are Linux Mint, Debian, Manjaro Linux and Arch Linux.

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  1. Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableUbuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Ubuntu vs Windows 10 opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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    It's open source, easy to use and more powerful than Windows 10.

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    linuxien

    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.

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    JackVegas

    Ubuntu is only a good alternative for Windows users open to a new OOTB experience and likely power users. For users who want something easy to use and familiar, Linux Mint, Pop_OS and Elementary are better alternatives by far.

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    Because while Win10 is buggy shit with a lot of bloatware and spyware in it with horrible UI/UX... Ubuntu is FOSS, privacy focused, without bugs and anoying things, without bloatware and spyware, and with much better UI/UX. Still it has some shortcomings but it's one of the best systems and Linux distros at all.

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    OgMaster

    Is from the family of GNU/Linux with everything is opensource

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    Emiran

    Ubuntu Is One Of Beautiful Linux Distros Out There That Many People Choose As Their OS, With It's Customizable Source Code, KDE, Debian-based, You Should Try It.

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    rasser01

    Extremely user friendly. A very good Windows alternative for non-tech savvy people.

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  2. 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 comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

    ⚫︎ CustomizableLinux Mint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingLinux Mint will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE!

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    It's free, open source, user-friendly, based on the LTS (stable) versions of Ubuntu but better, fully configurable and really fast and lightweight.

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    Viktor31

    Friendly, stable and windows like UI operating system, one of the best for begginers on Linux.

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    projjal

    Linux Mint is far ahead of Windows 10 in terms of customizability, performance, privacy, stability. This OS is lovely, therefore give it a try, you'll not be too far from home with it's Windows-like Interface (Cinnamon DE).

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    OgMaster

    Is begginer friendly very lightweight doesn't need so much ram like Windows and respect your privacy.

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    kylepiira

    Similar user interface to Windows 10.

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    Great if you want a Windows 7-like experience, but with all the features of a linux distro.

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    Debian

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableDebian is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingDebian will not track or use your personal data.
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    Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software

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    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.

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    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.

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    it's not functional without user coding

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    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.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Like a vanilla linux os and most large packe library. also you can run windows games and other programs on linux.

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    vazirified

    You can do whatever you did on Windows, plus much more, plus freedom in every aspect!

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableManjaro Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track or use your personal data.
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    Manjaro Linux vs Windows 10 opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    Arch Linux but friendly both for experienced Linux and normal Windows users.

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    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.

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    TheTrader

    There are many reasons why I prefer Manjaro to Windows, e.g. the package management and the performance. If you want a similar interface to windows, you can install the community cinnamon build.

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    burkerude

    easy to use, never had it break on me once.

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    User friendly. Great entry to the Linux and Free Software world. Best hardware support out of all Linux. Rolling release. Fast updates.

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    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.

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  5. 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 manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableArch Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    daviwalle

    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

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    JackVegas

    I would recommend this for any Windows power user who is sick and tired of how slow and bloated Windows 10 has become. It feels like the polar opposite of what Microsoft has turned Windows 10 into since it first launched.

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    williamneis

    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.

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    easy to use and adaptable to your liking

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    Unlike Windows 10, Arch is not a mainstream everyday OS.

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    Nearly any Linux distro is better that Windows 10

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    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.

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  6. Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableFedora is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingFedora will not track or use your personal data.
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    Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    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.

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    cycroenerugi

    Its easy to use and its much faster.

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    Easy to use and really good performance. In my I haven't experienced errors with it.

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

    ⚫︎ Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    elementary OS vs Windows 10 opinions
    Most users think elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    Similar UI to MacOS, but free and can run on any computer that runs windows.

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    RemovedUser

    If you want to switch from Windows 10 to something more similar to macOS then this is the best alternative for both OS.

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    Really easy to use and a very simple interface. And, obviously a nice look!

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    JackVegas

    Has an incredibly easy-to-use interface that makes it so simple to grasp for any new Linux user. Easily one of the top options for a beginner-friendly Linux distro.

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    Xubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.

    ⚫︎ LightweightXubuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Xubuntu 19.10
    Xubuntu vs Windows 10 opinions
    Most users think Xubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    Stable, easy to use, lightweight on even lower spec/older computers.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Good linux alternative for windows lightweight and ubuntu base.

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    altenativeto

    Extremely fast, stable reliable and fully compatible to Ubuntu.

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  9. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableopenSUSE is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
    openSUSE vs Windows 10 opinions
    Almost everyone thinks openSUSE is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Maxi_Mega

    Every Linux are better than Windows !

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    sambaker

    It is very light weight, minimalistic and smooth. It has the perfect balance of simplicity and customization.

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    Kubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableKubuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Kubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"
    Kubuntu vs Windows 10 opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Kubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.

    As it says, it's Ubuntu, but with the KDE environment.

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