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Windows 8 Alternatives

Windows 8 is described as 'operating system that is optimized for tablets, desktops and hybrid devices. It features the new Modern UI (formerly called Metro-Style) that is designed for touchscreen, mouse, keyboard, and pen input' and is a very popular operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Windows 8 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions, Raspberry Pi and Xen. The best alternative is Manjaro Linux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 8 are Windows 7, Windows 10, Zorin OS and Qubes OS.

Windows 8 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 8.
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  1. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ 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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    Windows 7

    • Windows

    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.

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    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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  3. 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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  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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableZorin OS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  5. Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableQubes OS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedQubes OS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Solus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.

    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseSolus supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightSolus consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    CentOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    Gentoo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals.

    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseGentoo supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGentoo is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  9. 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightUbuntu MATE consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Raspberry Pi OS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is the Foundation’s official supported operating system. You can install it with NOOBS or download the image below and follow our installation guide.

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