Are you done with MAC, Windows 10 and Linux OS? Isn’t there any free OS for PC (operating system) apart from these 3 giant OS? And if there are other operating systems, which one is good and free to use? Any good and totally free operating system for my computer?
Today we have written this article to answer these questions. this is so true that most of the people use either Windows or MacOS and they are not free. Although, Windows 10 comes pre-loaded with many laptops with activation detailed soldered in the BIOS. So when you Fresh install that same Windows 10 variant it will automatically get activated. But when you install another version of Windows it won’t work at all and it left you with only option to buy a windows license. Despite the fact that the number of pirated Windows users are very high that Microsoft even admitted that “Only 1 out of 10 Windows computer is genuinely activated” but cracking Windows with 3rd party tool is dangerous as most of them are fake, bloatware, viruses and does nasty stuff to your computer.
Best free operating system for PC
Today Cloud storage took place of Local storage and people rely on the Internet for their daily work. So in a nutshell, unless you’re an artist you can use any of these free and open source operating systems which are mentioned below.
Operating system mentioned in this article are as follows: Android, Chrome OS, Haiku, Solus.
Android is also based on Linux Kernel but it is completely different from the typical Linux based operating systems and the major feature is that you can install apps and games from the Android web store aka Google play store. The good part? It’s totally free os for PC so can install on as many as computers and be using it without worrying of any activation or license.
Android has a major stack in mobile operating system worldwide, but Android OS on computer is still underrated as users who run Android OS on computer are less than 1%. Today mobile is capable of (sort of) doing everything that a computer does. So if you use an Android OS on your computer the learning curve is almost nothing since you are using Android on your phone or tablet.
To get started visit the Android-x86 website and from there grab a system Image (At this time nougat rc2 port is the latest) and burn it to a USB drive. Then boot from it to use Android OS on your normal computer and you’ll be amazed to see all those android apps running apps on your laptop screen. The Android-x86 provides near-to-stock android experience but other project such as Phoenix OS provides better desktop experience.
jide’s Android OS for PC created a hype among internet users that they can install a useable android operating system on their computer but soon they discontinued the project. After a short time, another similar project took place and are still supported and gets updated often. The worthy mention is Phoenix OS which simulates a Windows similar desktop interface including Taskbar, start menu and action center like features. However, The Phoenix OS has some Chinese bloatware that I was unable to uninstall as they appear as soon as when you try to remove them. Hopefully, with new version there is less bloatware and better stability and support for more hardware.
Compatibility wise both remix and Phoenix OS do not support wide range of hardware, but on the other hand be original Android x86 Port does support a wide range of hardware including older computer. So if you are unable to run Phoenix OS then try Android x86 build (not to mention that the older port will be more stable on old hardware). While both projects are not totally open-source but consider them free os for pc just like the parent project.
There are these other projects like bliss OS which offers little functionalities like Taskbar and navigation buttons meanwhile keeping the original stock Android experience. ||
If you want to know more about Android operating system confused which Android OS you should choose read the following article.
Creating bootable USB of Android/Linux
Make sure the USB drive is connected to the computer and it is formatted Because the pen drive will be automatically formatted in this process so backup any data just in case.
- Get Rufus tool (Windows) or Eicher (MAC) and open it on your computer.
- Clicking on the browse icon will open a Window where you need to navigate to the ISO file and select it.
- When finish turn-off your computer, and start your computer and select “External USB hard drive” from the Boot devices menu to boot into the Android OS.
Extra notes: Apart from these two (Remix OS is dead) a new project called Open Thos seems like the future, it got ability to run Android Apps parral with Linux software. However, at this point, it doesn’t include play store, so you need to sideload android apps to use them.
Google’s Chrome OS is also built on Linux Kernel and optimized with user-level software and user-friendly desktop environment that eventually uses chrome browser and chrome apps. You obviously can’t install the official chrome os if you don’t have a Chromebook, but there are several unofficial forks of Chrome OS goes by many names, one which is arnoldthebat project that you can download and boot using a USB drive.
If you want to hop in, check this Chrome OS installation guide to install it on your normal computer or laptop. At this time, specific features like running Android apps are limited to some Chromebooks. But that’s ok, because if you solely want to run android apps there are Android operating system as well.
The good part about Chrome OS is that you’d won’t miss your old operating system because there are so many Chrome extensions for almost everything. You need a VPN chrome store has it, you need a grammar checker, the store has that as well. So yeah, overall Chrome OS can be a good option to dump your typical Operating system, surely there is a learning curve that eventually it’ll become easy to adapt to the Chrome OS because the key feature is the Chrome Browser which we all love to use.
There are also options when you want to install an unofficial Chrome OS port on your computer, these are some of the options you can start with.
Aarnoldthebat: Updates Daily, Weekly and monthly.
Haiku basically inspired by BeOS which ran into some issues with Microsoft and eventually acquired by Palm Inc.
The last stable version was released in 2012, so basically it’s around 6 years old, which you sure don’t want to boot on your computer. But instead, you can use recent development of it by using Nightly releases (they have the latest features such as support for USB 3, 64-bit CPU version and many more, while what they don’t have is some feature that is exclusively available only in the stable version to keep the file size down.
Get Haiku nightly builds: here
Requirements: 2GB of RAM for optimal experience and 64-bit CPU architecture.
It comes in three desktop flavors which are Bungie, Gnome, and Mate. The Bungie is for modern computers, GNOME offers balanced desktop experience, Mate can be used on older hardware. So all of these flavors are around 1.2–1.3 GB in size. So it is just a Linux based operating system but you will get better functionalities and different user interface and it is far easier to get used to it rather than Ubuntu and other distributions.
I would like to mention another Linux operating system which goes by “PoP_OS” a very developer friendly Desktop Environment but you will fall in love with this operating system even if you are not a developer, it is so beautiful that I find myself using it in the weekend.
These are our pick for best free OS for PC can install on your computer
All of the operating systems are totally free to download and use and can be directly booted from a USB drive. our pick for the best free os for pc is definitely Android OS projects because they are easy to use, supports thousands of Android Apps and games from the Play store.
Tip: Burning Images to DVD are straightforward, but to make bootable USB drive you’ll need a USB tool like Rufus to burn ISO file and Win32 Image writer to burn IMG file.
Tip: You want an Ultra lightweight operating system for your decade-old computer you should try any of these fast operating systems which require fewer resources and get the job done.