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Best Linux Alternative Distributions of Windows OS | Which is the best alternative for Windows OS? | SurftheKnowledge

Best Linux Alternative Distributions of Windows OS | Which is the best alternative for Windows OS? | SurftheKnowledge
Best Linux Alternative Distributions of Windows OS

Whenever you buy a budget laptop or desktop you probably buy Windows OS and install it. But you don't know you can install OS without paying for it. You wouldn't have to activate any product key while installing. So, you should look for an alternative to Windows OS, which really means you have to switch to Linux.

As Linux is free and non-proprietary software, it means you can exploit its interactive features for free. Here we have highlighted some free Linux alternative distributions for you that save your money.


  • Ubuntu is the most commonly used and open-source Linux Operating System based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution. 
  • It was first released in 2004 and developed by  Canonical Limited.
  • It supports software such as Firefox, VLC Media Player, etc. as like Windows. But it doesn't support Microsoft Office Packages so you have to use LibreOffice as an alternative.
  • Every two years in April Ubuntu releases LTS or 'Long Term Support' and every six months between LTS versions, the Ubuntu team releases an interim release of Ubuntu.
  • GNOME i.e. GNU Network Object Model Environment is Ubuntu's default desktop. It is a GUI i.e. Graphical User Interface and a well set of other different desktop applications for Linux OS.


  • Fedora is the second most commonly used Linux operating system based on Linux kernel architecture.
  • It was first released in 2003 and developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat.
  • It supports software such as Nautilus, Rhythmbox, Evolution, and other application like Ubuntu. 
  • One of the most interesting thing about fedora is that Linus Torvalds, who is the creator of the Linux kernel also prefer fedora.
  • fedora's support is a really impressive, user-friendly, and interactive GUI.
  • Approximately every 6 months, The Fedora Project releases a new version of Fedora.


Zorin OS

  • Zorin OS is a powerful desktop operating system designed for new users of Linux OS based on Ubuntu kernel.
  • Zorin OS's default user interface is GNOME as well as XFCE.
  • Zorin OS is fast, secure, privacy-respecting as well as very powerful so, it is one of the best alternatives to Windows and macOS and it is very user-friendly.
  • It was first released in 2009.

zorin os

Linux Mint

  • Linux Mint is a free open-source operating system Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and Debian.
  • It provides about 30 thousand packages and one of the best software managers.
  • It is community-driven, addresses user problems, and welcomes all to give feedback. 
  • It was first released in 2006.
  • Every 6 months, Linux Mint's newer version is released with new features and improvements.
Linux Mint


  • Manjaro is a free open-source Linux distribution based on the Arch which is one of the Linux operating systems.
  • It was first released in 2011.
  • Manjaro supports multiple environments viz. XFCE, KDE, and GNOME.
  • It is possible to run many popular Windows applications using Manjaro. 
  • Users have full control over the hardware without restrictions.
  • It is one of the best competitors to Windows and macOS.
  • You should not care about the updates stable branch gets updates once a month.


  • EndeavourOS is also an Arch Linux-based open-source operating system.
  • It was first released in 2019.
  • It also supports multiple desktop environments.
  • It is lightweight and consists of very powerful tools.
  • It is very user-friendly and it's community is impressive. 


  • Deepin is a Linux distribution based on Debian.
  • It was first released in 2004.
  • It was also known as Linux Deepin and Hiweed Linux in past.



  • openSUSE is a free open-source operating system Linux kernel developed by openSUSE Project.
  • It was first released in 2005.


  • CentOS is a free Linux distribution based on the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
  • It was first released in 2004.

The most important feature of all these Linux distributions is that they all are secured against computer viruses like trojan, worms, etc. and you wouldn't have to worry as much as Windows users about your PC's health.

If you are thinking about activating your Windows OS, then you better switch to Linux OS. It is amazing while working in Linux. Linux is simple, elegant, and very powerful whether or not you believe in it. The main thing is up to you to choose the best what you want. 

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