I don’t review Custom ISO or Custom Windows. Anything that requires downloading ISO is an immediate red flag. AtlasOS takes a different approach using official Microsoft ISOs and modifying them using an open source tool.
A stripped version of windows that has had a LOT of Microsoft’s tools and bloat removed. It is NOT to be used lightly or by an uneducated or non-tech savvy person! However, in the right hands it can be a good tool when you have a specific need, but I would NOT daily drive it.
I take issue with its main marketing being “secure”, when it is anything but secure. I do not like Defender, Edge, MRT, or any numerous microsoft security projects built in to Windows, but saying you are more secure by not having them is madness.
They did make a thread about this on twitter below addressing some of the backlash since the Linus Tech Tips coverage.
To address the recent concerns about AtlasOS' security, and what we're doing to improve.— Atlas (@AtlasOS) April 26, 2023
AtlasOS 22H2 (Current Release) has the following security issues:
0 - Will NOT prompt user.
malte is hard to find.
Its for someone with a specific purpose in mind. Playing a few games, a kiosk, or using the machine for simple tasks. It is NOT suitable for browsing the internet or using as a daily driver in it’s current state. If you are aware of the security issues, and have the ability to navigate them, it might be for you. For the average user… HELL NO!
I'm working on an AtlasOS Review.— Chris Titus Tech (@christitustech) April 26, 2023
Please stop recommending this for the average person. pic.twitter.com/UFBmKN5YCq