Top 5 Best Alternative Linux Distributions for Windows 10 Users

It is quite intriguing how Windows 10 took off shortly after its announcement on the 29 of July 2015 and it is without a doubt that it’s the best Windows ever – which is what a sequel of any operating system should be anyway – unlike those that came before it (I’m looking at you Window 8/8/1).

Microsoft currently boasts of over 200 million devices currently running its flagship operating system, which is a humongous amount if you ask me. Notwithstanding, the market share of Windows 7 still surpasses that of Windows 10.

Also check out the following articles to find out about our top Linux distributions of the year 2015 and 2016.

However, given the success rate of Windows 10 in the short space of time, we’d expect it’s usage share to eventually grow over the next few years to beat Windows 7 – just the same way the latter took over Windows XP.

I like to attribute Windows 10 to “8.1 done right” particularly because it’s more or less a refined form of the latter – with still a lot of improvements under the hood.

Given the entire nature of the Windows operating system as a closed — money/data hoarding platform, it’s mostly fair that people that value their privacy or are otherwise displeased with Windows 10 will look out for the better alternatives while still offering a similar experience akin to what the 10’s GUI offers.

In this article, we’ve picked 5 Linux distributions that will give you the best possible Windows-esque desktop experience on Linux.

1. Zorin OS

Zorin OS is perhaps the most prominent of the bunch and has quite the manpower with a standardized development cycle (one that is similar to Ubuntu LTS and short term releases).

Zorin OS - an Ubuntu-based OS designed for Windows Users

Zorin OS – an Ubuntu-based OS designed for Windows Users

The operating system once installed, will make you feel right at home as it has that generalized Windows look and for a user coming from Windows, you almost will be able to go wherever you’re mostly fond of visiting on your Windows PC.

Ii is noteworthy that Zorin shares the same codebase as Ubuntu and uses a heavily modified DE dubbed Zorin DE and based on Gnome 2.

By default, Zorin OS is meant to look like Windows 7, but you have other options in the look changer which are the Windows XP style and Gnome 2.

Better yet, Zorin comes with Wine (which is an emulator that allows you to run win32 apps in Linux) preinstalled and many other applications that you’ll need for basic tasks.

Check out Zorin OS in action:

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41 Responses

  1. SparkyOS says:

    Q4OS Linux beats Zorin on Windows Look alike.

  2. joe king says:

    Most programs out there say “you must have windows 10 or better”….so I installed Linux because Linux is better..:)

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