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  1. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.

    Win 7 was the last "nice one" in my opinion, I've been moving my entire family over to Linux Mint since Win 10. None of us had experience with Linux, no more complaints and hardly any more IT support, everything seems to just work out of the box.
  2. GrapheneOS is an open source privacy and security focused mobile OS with Android app compatibility.

    I think a pixel running GrapheneOS is the closest thing we have to a sane, user-respecting option right now.
  3. Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux.

    If you don't use Steam, then there's a utility called Lutris that can handle installing and configuring a bunch of games for you outside of Steam. My personal experience is that on Pop!_OS (the most dead simple and easy Linux distribution I've found) Steam is the better way to go, as Lutris doesn't always work for me.
  4. Landscape, the systems management tool provided with Ubuntu Advantage, Canonical's service programme, allows you to manage large-scale deployments of Ubuntu machines as easily as one, making it far more cost-effective to support large networks of de…

  5. A real Linux distribution on the phone

    Longer-term I'm keeping a close eye on mobile Linux, esp. Postmarketos (which I keep running on a pinephone, even though the phone and OS aren't ready as a daily driver yet).
  6. Classic Shell was developed for Windows 8 since that was the first version of the popular operating system to forgo the iconic Start menu.

    ClassicShell is no longer being developed. OpenShell succeeded it. (c.f., http://classicshell.net/).
  7. Pi-hole is a multi-platform, network-wide ad blocker.

    For those who like Raspberry PI projects, there is Pie-hole: Https://pi-hole.net/.
  8. StartAllBack is software that helps to customize the start menu to Windows 7 & 8.

  9. Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally...

    Back when I was an edgy teenager I tried every Windows desktop shell replacement available. My favorites were LiteStep and Emerge Desktop. I was there when Cairo Shell first emerged but has never tried a working version since I moved to other OSes before any usable version was out. I am now using Windows for work and I think it’s time to revisit these options.
  10. ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003.

  11. Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows.

    Back when I was an edgy teenager I tried every Windows desktop shell replacement available. My favorites were LiteStep and Emerge Desktop. I was there when Cairo Shell first emerged but has never tried a working version since I moved to other OSes before any usable version was out. I am now using Windows for work and I think it’s time to revisit these options.
  12. Linux operating system distribution derived from Ubuntu but with KDE environment.

  13. Ninite is the easiest way to install software.

  14. You've reached the website for Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. Currently we have official packages optimized for the x86-64 architecture.

  15. A developer-focused minimalist Linux distro from System 76

    You may want to start with /r/linuxquestions. Also check out Linux Mint, Pop!OS, or Fedora.
  16. Window management app based on Spectacle, written in Swift.

  17. Ubuntu is a Debian Linux-based open source operating system for desktop computers.