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 Aug 6, 2021

    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.
      Ubuntu vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Ubuntu has everything and more then a user needs. Plus.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Because of it's ease of use :)
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      dharaandharia It is very great and nice
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Ubuntu is unix based system not similar to windows at all...
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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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).
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      Linux Mint vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Very good alternative to Windows. Very easy to learn and very stable
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      Mint might be more suitable for the type of person who stuck with Win7 even after Windows 10 came along.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      it easy to learn. safe. no update he#$.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Very friendly, easy and light.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Fast, fluid, low need for ram and free
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Easy to install and set up
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      User-friendly windows-like operating system.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    3. 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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      Debian vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Debian respects their users' privacy and right to control the software that they use.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Unlike ubuntu and windows 7 you can completely customize your os by changing various different desktop enviroments, icons, cursors and more.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      it's free software, and contains a gazillion of packages with usable software, ready to install.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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    4. 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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      Arch Linux vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      vivekvaishya Its a rolling release distro, so you get to see stuffs ahead of other distros.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      karaboungalos It is the best for those who know what they're doing.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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      Manjaro Linux vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Very easy to use for new Linux users and (because it's based off Arch) has pacman which is the best package manager in my opinion
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Gruak Has a linux kernel which is superior to windows NT kernel
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      NickFreeman Software always up to date and easy to install latest kernel/drivers
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    6. The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.
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      Fedora vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      karaboungalos It is user-friendly, but not enough for people who don't know how to use PCs properly.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Great distro for beginners
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Combines ease of use with solid software backed up by Red Hat Corporation. You don't have to hack around the system, but when you want to – obscure solutions (i.e. Mir and Unity in Ubuntu) don't stand in your way
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    7. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
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      elementary OS vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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    8. 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.
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      Xubuntu vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think Xubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      marcostux No viruses, fast and security.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    9. 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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    10. Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.
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      Most users think Kubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 7.
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