Tired of Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android? Let's look at the best OS alternatives for desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. Linux is the best way to free your devices from Big Tech's clutches.
If you've used mostly Windows on computers, Linux Mint is a great alternative. Linux Mint is a free and open-source OS based on Ubuntu.
Mint can run on just about any computer, and you can boot it from a USB if you want to test it out. It comes "out of the box" without the need to configure or install extra apps.
There are over 60,000 software packages compatible with it. It works with graphic design apps like Blender or Gimp.
Use the free LibreOffice as an alternative to Office 365; you can easily import or export PDF or Office documents.
If you're a gamer, over 7,800 games are compatible with Steam. Install GOG to get even more.
And the Linux Mint community is tight-knit and ready to assist if you have any questions. The Mint development team is constantly communicating with users to improve the OS.
If you're sick of Apple but are used to the look and feel of it, consider elementary OS. This OS alternative takes Mac's interface and puts a lighter, open-source version to it.
The dock panel is not the only thing that you'll recognize from macOS.
AppCenter is the elementary OS version of the App Store. There are tons of free and "pay-what-you-can" apps you can choose from. Most of these apps have been created by indie developers.
Stay productive and focused with Multitasking View, Picture-in-Picture mode, or Do not Disturb.
It includes all the important privacy tools: elementary OS will ask if an app should have microphone access or hard drive access. The power indicator will tell you if an app uses a lot of energy.
And Elementary OS automatically keeps temp and trash files cleaned up so you can keep your device's storage free.
Maybe you're sick of flagship phones and want some mobile OS alternatives.
Ubuntu Touch is the mobile version of Ubuntu OS for desktops. This OS supports “convergence,” which lets you plug your phone into a monitor or television as a desktop. It includes all the apps as the desktop version.
Ubuntu Touch is free and open-source. The volunteers that work on this platform make privacy and security a top priority.
The OS uses less memory to run apps than Apple or Android. Android requires JVM (Java VirtualMachine) to run apps, but Ubuntu does not.
It focuses on the use of “Scopes” rather than traditional apps. Scopes are just unique home screens for different types of content.
You could have a scope for just weather, work, or music. Just swipe left or right to choose your scope.
You get to pick the content only you want to see; you won’t be locked down by Google or Apple app stores.
Linux Mint is a great change if you're used to the Windows ecosystem. For Mac users, take a look at elementary OS.
Apple and Android phones are simply tracking devices in your pocket. Replacing them with a Linux-based option like Ubuntu Touch is a great way to keep T-Mobile or AT&T off your back.
If you have an older machine, using Linux can help breathe life into it. Whichever Linux distro you choose, most of them have small hardware requirements.
These OS alternatives are a great way to rid yourself of Big Tech's predatory habits.
And you'll be a lot safer from malware, which is a lot more common on Windows or macOS devices.