Free OSes

A number of manufacturers and groups provide OSes for free individual use, or in some cases, unrestricted use! Like anything that's free, don't expect printed manuals, CD-ROMs, or free technical support. Other than that, there are few, if any strings attached. Also note that with the size of most OSes, downloads of 1 to 10 GB of data may not be that exciting, so paying for the DVD/CD-ROM or even a low-cost base package may be well worth it to you.

The OS Files Link Download Comments
FreeDOS download-page An independently developed DOS, with source code
RxDOS download-page An independently developed DOS, with source code
Android download-page Android x86 download page
Debian Linux download-page Linux download FTP sites
Fedora Linux download-page Red Hat's free Linux
Koppix CD Linux download-page Linux that runs directly from CD
Mandriva Linux download-page Linux download page
PCLinuxOS download-page PCLinuxOS download page
Red Hat Linux download-page Red Hat's download page
Slackware Linux download-page Download from HTTP or FTP
SUSE Linux download-page Download SUSE Linux
Ubuntu Linux download-page Download Ubuntu Linux
Darwin download-page Download (requires agreement acceptance, etc.)
Free BSD download-page Free Unix OS
NetBSD download-page Free Unix OS, supported on many CPU platforms
OpenBSD download-page Free Unix OS, supported on many CPU platforms
Solaris download-page Free download
AROS download-page Free, source code available
ReactOS download-page Free Windows compatible OS
SkyOS download-page GUI OS (in beta, was free, but now charging $30)
Visopsys download-page Free, source code available
 

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