NixOS

NixOS

NixOS is a unique Linux distribution that takes a unique approach to system configuration and package management. The operating system is built on top of the Nix package manage and uses a declarative configuration and allows reliable system upgrades. The open source project started as a research project and has since then grown into a fully fledged operating system with tools dedicated to DevOps and task automation.

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Zorin OS
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Zorin OS

A Linux distribution that is designed from the ground-up to be a replacement for Windows or macOS. With Zorin OS you can get to know Linux quickly with a desktop environment similar to your previous experience with the commercial operating systems. Zorin OS let's you choose a desktop layout that mimic your previous OS, be it Windows or macOS. The operating system is built on-top of Ubuntu and runs on the same open-source software that powers the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and more.

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Elementary OS
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Elementary OS

Elementary OS is a neat and coherent, free and open source operating system based on the Linux distribution Ubuntu. The simplicity of Elementary OS makes it a perfect choice for people switching from other popular operating systems such as macOS or Windows. Elementary OS is a feature complete operating system that comes with its own desktop environment called Pantheon and custom built, pre-installed utility applications such as Photos, Music, Videos, Calendar, Terminal, Files, and more.

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Kubuntu
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Kubuntu

Kubuntu is a Linux distribution that provides all you need to have fun and be effective your computer. It's a great free and open-source alternative to Windows or macOS. Kubuntu unites Ubuntu with KDE and the Plasma desktop environment, bringing you a full set of applications. The installation includes productivity, office, email, graphics, photography, and music applications ready to use at startup.

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Linux Mint
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Linux Mint

A free community-driven desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and Debian. Linux Mint is widley popular and is used by millions of people across the globe and comes bundled with a variety of free and open-source software to enhance your desktop experience. The project was created by Clément Lefèbvre and is being actively developed by the Linux Mint Team and community since 2006.

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Arch Linux
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Arch Linux

A highly modular, flexible and lightweight Linux distribution for computers with x86-64 processors. Arch Linux is a free and openly developed by the Arch community and released under the GNU General Public License.

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Pop!_OS
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Pop!_OS

Pop!_OS is a free and open-source Linux operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Pop!_OS is openly developed and released by the Linux hardware manufacturer System76. With Pop!_OS  you can unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Pop!_OS is designed for fast navigation, easy workspace organization, and fluid, convenient workflow. Your operating system should encourage discovery, not obstruct it.

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Rocky Linux
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Rocky Linux

Rocky Linux is a community-developed, enterprise-grade operating system. The distribution was created to combate the declining trust in CentOS after the aqqustion made by IBM and Red Hat. Rocky Linux aims to provide a free and open, downstream, version-pinned option of REHL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux).

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Asahi Linux
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Asahi Linux

Asahi Linux is a free and open source Linux distrobution that aims to bring you a polished Linux experience on Apple Silicon Macs. With Asahi Linux you can finally run your favorite open source operating system on the new line Mac's, starting with the 2020 M1 Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

 

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ArcoLinux
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ArcoLinux

ArcoLinux is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. ArcoLinux is a full-featured distribution that ships with three different desktop options as default, Xfce desktop, Openbox and i3 window manager. The project is openly developed by the community where the most activity take place in three different branches, ArcoLinux, ArcoLinuxD and ArcoLinuxB. Each provides individual preconfigured desktops and tools included during installation. ArcoLinux makes it real simple to get started with the widley popular and modular Linux distribution Arch Linux.

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Ubuntu Budgie
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Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is an official community flavor of the Linux distribution Ubuntu featuring the Budgie desktop. It combines the stable and thoroughly-tested Ubuntu core with a modern, lightweight and traditional-looking desktop developed by the Solus project. The desktop is adaptable to any device, keeping them fast and usable. 

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Ubuntu MATE
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Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a free an open-source Linux distribution that is openly developed by the community. The distribution is provided with the MATE desktop environment which is a fork of GNOME 2. In February 2015, Ubuntu MATE gained the official Ubuntu flavour status from Canonical Ltd. To this day, Ubuntu MATE is loved by MATE desktop users as it brings the stability of Ubuntu together with their favorite Linux desktop environment.

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Deepin
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Deepin

Deepin is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. The distribution is developed by the Chinese company Wuhan Deepin Technology. Deepin features the modern looking Deepin Desktop Environment and its own app store, the Deepin Store. The Deepin Desktop Environment which is built with Qt can also be used on other Linux distribution including Arch Linux, Fedora, Manjaro and Ubuntu.

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Xubuntu
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Xubuntu

A light-weight Linux distribution intended for both new and experienced Linux users. Xubuntu comes with the Xfce desktop environment by default which use fewer system resources than the default Ubuntu GNOME desktop. Xubuntu was officially released on 1 June 2006 and has seen active development since. It is openly maintained by the community and released free of charge under the GNU General Public License.

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Lubuntu
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Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a free and light-weight Linux desktop distribution developed by the Lubuntu Community. The distribution combines the stability of Ubuntu with the faster LXQt desktop to provide a snappy operating system for low-spec computers. Lubuntu has been in active development since 2011 where it was first introduced with the LXDE desktop environment.

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GhostBSD
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GhostBSD

GhostBSD is a free an open-source operating system based on FreeBSD. GhostBSD comes pre-installed with MATE desktop, OpenRC, the LibreOffice suite and OS packages for simplicity adn ease-of-use.

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MX Linux
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MX Linux

MX Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution created by the MX community. The operating system is a cooperative venture between antiX and MX Linux communities. MX Linux desktop environment is based on Xfce and provides a fast, low-resource and friendly experience. It includes modular core components for the full functionality expected from a modern desktop environment. A collection of powerful and handy “MX Tools” that cover a range of actions from boot options to repository management. A fast package manager that can install from Popular Applications, MX Test Repo, Debian Backports and Flatpaks.

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