Windows 7 Alternatives for Linux

    Windows 7 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 7 and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows 7 are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Debian (Free, Open Source), Arch Linux (Free, Open Source) and Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 8, 2021

    1. The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • VirtualBox
      • Self-Hosted
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Player
      This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". The original plan is to host different patches for Android x86 support from open source community.
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    2. Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.
    3. Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT.
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      Almost everyone thinks Lubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 7.
    4. 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 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Zorin OS is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      AlbertWang Not private, insecure, and closed source.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      Can be set up to look almost like Win 7 or XP
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      liljjh It's a Linux distro made to be as comfortable and familiar to Windows users as possible. That makes it a good alternative in my book.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago


    5. CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform and strives to maintain 100% binary compatibility with its upstream distribution.
    6. Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.
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    7. 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.
    8. Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.
      Solus vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think Solus is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      It is a modern, very easy to use, independent Linux-based OS.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    9. 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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      Most users think Google Chrome OS is a great alternative to Windows 7.
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