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Windows 11 is described as 'provides a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through a fresh experience. From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect to your favorite people, news, games, and content—Windows 11 is the place to think, express, and create in a natural' and is a operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Windows 11 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions and Arch Linux. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 11 are Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux.

Windows 11 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 11.
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  1. Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    177 alternatives to Ubuntu 

    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.

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    1.  Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsUbuntu can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  LightweightUbuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  PortableUbuntu can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Privacy focusedUbuntu is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    6.  Ad-freeUbuntu doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    The Gnome desktop isn’t similar enough to Windows 11’s desktop. Try Lubuntu with LXQT desktop or Pop! OS for a more familiar desktop for Windows 11 users.

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    Linux Mint

    • Linux
    203 alternatives to 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 comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

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    1.  Ad-freeLinux Mint doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  No TrackingLinux Mint will not track you or use your personal data.
    3.  Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    PrinceSheep

    The graphical interface is like windows, its stable, and does not spy on you. Using the xfce or mate desktop, it becomes very lightweight and can run on very old machines.

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    Debian

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    212 alternatives to 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 created is called Debian.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No TrackingDebian will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Arch Linux

    • Linux
    194 alternatives to 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 manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseArch Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop
    another arch with KDE 4.3 desktop
    arch for console addict
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    maurosoft391

    Arch Linux is poorly designed and complex. it's like old OS.

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    PrinceSheep

    Arch Linux is for more technical users that want to customize their operating system from the ground up. I wouldn't recommend it over other Linux distributions since it has a large learning curve

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    Manjaro Linux

    • Linux
    • Arch Linux
    223 alternatives to Manjaro Linux 

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting...

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track you or use your personal data.
    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
    Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara (KDE)


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    Fedora

    • Linux
    204 alternatives to Fedora 

    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.

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    1.  Privacy focusedFedora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No TrackingFedora will not track you or use your personal data.
    Fedora 23 (GNOME)
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    PrinceSheep

    Fedora is a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, it offers the Gnome desktop by default, GNOME offers a diffrent yet simple desktop experience to Windows.

    Fedora does have some issues with app compatibility, but most major applications support it

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    Windows 7

    139 alternatives to Windows 7 

    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. Windows 7 is built with the codebase from Vista and is a minor upgrade (6.

    Discontinued

    Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.

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    PrinceSheep

    Windows 7 is an older operating system that support has ended for, I recommend using Windows 10 or switching to a Linux distro.

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    Windows 10

    154 alternatives to Windows 10 

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems

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    PrinceSheep

    Although Linux is a great alternative to windows, people still use software that isn't compatible and aren't comfortable installing another OS. Windows 10 support ends in 2025, so you still have lots of time to comfortably use it.

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    elementary OS

    • Linux
    212 alternatives to elementary OS 

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

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    1.  Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Distraction-freeelementary OS has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    The boot screen
    The logon screen
    The desktop and the menu
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    maurosoft391

    it's like macOS and have a bad UI

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    macOS

    177 alternatives to 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 2002. Within the market of home computers, and by web usage, macOS is the second most widely used desktop OS...

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    1.  Privacy focusedmacOS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with macOS.
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    PrinceSheep

    Macos is the choice for creative workers. It is stable, has a nice UI, and is fast. It supports software such as Adobe CC and Microsoft Word.

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