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Windows 95 Alternatives

Windows 95 is described as 'was the one of the biggest steps in terms of ideals of how should an OS work and what appearence should follow' and is a operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Windows 95 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 95 are Debian, Linux Mint, Arch Linux and Fedora.

Windows 95 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 95.
This page was last updated Dec 23, 2019
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Windows 95 was the one of the biggest steps in terms of ideals of how should an OS work and what appearence should follow.

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  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.

  2. Debian

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

  3. 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).

  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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.

  8. Xubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

  9. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

  10. ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).

    ReactOS vs Windows 95 opinions
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    As ReactOS is still in alpha stage and not suitable for everyday use, it is not very good alternative. But if you have some legacy (maybe customized or abandoned) software / game that require Windows 95, you should try React OS - it may work well and you will run your software in modern, supported OS.

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