20+ Best free operating systems for PC, Laptop, Netbook 2018

15Xubuntu

Xubuntu is an Open Source operating system based on Unix that runs on the XFCE desktop environment, instead of the Ubuntu Unity environment. While the interface is relatively dismantled, it remains a full-featured operating system that competes well with others.

This operating system is ideal for reusing that old Windows XP machine. 

Pro: Xubuntu offers an integrated composer and fast integrations of GNOME applications.

With: User forums have commented on the slow development speed. 

Download link: Xubuntu

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16Ubuntu

Most Linux PC operating systems seem to be based on it, so it's worth starting with Ubuntu. Ubuntu is an operating system created by a worldwide team of expert developers. This fast operating system contains all the applications you need: a web browser, office suite, multimedia applications, instant messaging and much more. Ubuntu is an open source alternative for Windows and Office that can speed up your PC.

This operating system that is commonly used in old laptops was not exactly designed from scratch. Ubuntu is the distribution of Linux based on the Debian architecture. This ideal OS for an old laptop comes with most of the built-in Ubuntu applications (Firefox, Open Office, F-Spot, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Transmission, etc.) that make this configuration different from the compatibility with the hardware of the computer. The GUI is tailored to take advantage of the limited function of old-fashioned laptop screens. The Ubuntu platform comes in two forms: LTS (long-term support) and not LTS. The versions are marked as 16.04, the nomenclature is made with respect to the year (16) and the month (04) of the release.

The most notable thing is that the versions will no longer come with the Unity-based desktop, since the most recent versions will return to the GNOME-based desktop. Also, as Ubuntu has been the most popular Linux distribution, it has excellent hardware compatibility and users do not need to install additional drivers. The software can be downloaded from the official Ubuntu Software Center.

Download link: Ubuntu


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17linux mint

Linux Mint provides a modern, powerful and elegant operating system for PC and laptop. Mint works very well, with full multimedia support and easy to use. This fast operation is based on the Ubuntu distribution and is currently the most popular operating system among experts and beginners.

Based on Debian and Ubuntu, Mint provides around 30,000 packages and one of the best software administrators with a unique update manager and the strength of its Linux architecture. The updates are slower than Ubuntu, but for those who want better performance and a very good visual aesthetic, this would surely be the best option.

Download link: Linux mint


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18Haiku

Substitute for the now discontinued BeOS project, Haiku is free and open source and was first launched in 2001.

Since then, the operating system has been in almost continuous development and now has the ability to run the multipurpose VLC media player, as well as a couple of versions of Quake. The WebPositive browser supports HTML5, and most BeOS applications can run on Haiku.

However, the operating system is in a strange place, something like between alpha and beta, and this makes it perhaps the least attractive alternative on this list. However, if you were a fan of BeOS a long time ago and are looking for a Windows escape, it is definitely worth checking out Haiku. 

Download link: BeOS project

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19Mandriva linux

Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrakelinux or Mandrake Linux) is a distribution of Linux in French, distributed by Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft). Mandriva OS uses the RPM package manager.

The product life of Mandriva Linux versions is 18 months for basic updates (Linux, system software, etc.) and 12 months for desktop updates (window managers, desktop environments, web browsers, etc.). Server products receive full updates for at least 24 months after they are released.

Download link: Mandriva linux


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20Chrome OS

In a way, this is another obvious option. Chrome OS, from Google, is available in a number of low-cost laptops and some high-end laptops, known as Chromebooks. It is also available for free download, often to install on old hardware.

Comparatively lightweight and with a focus on cloud computing, Chrome OS is ideal for web browsing, social networking and word processing. It is less impressive in media reproduction, and media editing and games are beyond their capabilities.

If Linux is not your cup of tea but you are looking for something that is familiar to you, Chrome OS is a good free alternative to Windows.

Download link: Chrome OS


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