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Windows 10 Alternatives for Mac

Windows 10 is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is macOS, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows 10 and seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Windows 10 are illumos, PureDarwin, GNU-Darwin and Umbrel.

Windows 10 alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows 10.
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  1. 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 2002.

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    No viruses, cleaner UI, and more accessibility stuff, but you need Ferrari money to use it and there are less games.

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    in every way it is better. except price.

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    You can barely play games on it and the graphics ae horrible. If you're used to windows or linux mint and all tjos OS's don't use Mac OS

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    You can't install it OFFICIALLY on any device. If you want macOS OFFICIALLY, you need to buy a Macbook or iMac. Pretty limiting.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    illumos

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    PureDarwin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Darwin is the Open Source operating system from Apple that forms the basis for Mac OS X, and PureDarwin is a community project to make Darwin more usable (some people think of it as the informal successor to OpenDarwin.

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    GNU-Darwin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    GNU-Darwin aims to be the most free software distribution. Our mission is two-fold: Focus on projects that leverage our unique combination of Darwin and GNU, and help users to enjoy the benefits of software freedom.

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    Umbrel

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • Raspberry Pi

    A beautiful personal server OS for self-hosting for any Linux distro.

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    BITS-PyOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS

    BIOS-Implementation-Test-Suite-Based Python Operating System.

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    DAMS OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A Small Debian-based Live OS.

    Discontinued

    Developed stopped in 2013. Last version, 2.0.1s32, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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