Windows 10 alternatives: Best free, open source operating systems

Are you after a different operating system? Try these free, open source alternatives


Windows 10 is a very popular operating system, however, it may not be for everyone. Whatever the reason for your change, there are a number of great alternatives to try out.

The Windows 10 update has faced some negative feedback, with consumer magazine, Which?  reporting in March 2018 that many users complained about functionality problems, including slow PCs or even outright failure.

So why not opt for a free, open source Windows 10 alternative?

Switching to an open source OS could involve a learning curve, but the community, customisation and lack of cost should be enough to make up for it.

Read on for our favourite free, open source browsers. 

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