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 well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Windows 8 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, BSD, Mac and Windows. The best alternative is Manjaro Linux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 8 are Windows 10 (Paid), Windows 7 (Paid), Qubes OS (Free, Open Source) and CentOS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 7, 2018

    1. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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    2. Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10 would be made available free of charge to users...
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      Most users think Windows 10 is a great alternative to Windows 8.
      Better, more secure and faster
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    3. 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.


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

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      Most users think Windows 7 is a great alternative to Windows 8.
    4. Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.
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    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. 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.
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    7. Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.
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    8. 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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    9. Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals.
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    10. 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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