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Install Linux distro with gcc4

How can I find a linux-distro with gcc4-installed? I've searched internet but without success for instance this wikipedia page
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Compact Unix Distribution [closed]

I want to test out Unix/Linux and I'm not sure which distribution I should use. I need Unix for my university to compile C/C++ Code. If possible it should be small/running from an USB stick. I already ...
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Distribution request (!) - Linux Mint [closed]

I need a slim, fast and very secure distribution. I need security for my work (encryption, anonymity, secure internet connection etc.). I love the Linux Mint design (Cinnamon) with the very nice green ...
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Best Linux distributions? [closed]

I'm new to Linux,but I wanted to know the best Linux distributions for beginners like me? And also how I will go about installing it too.I just wanted to let everyone know I'm kinda new to this ...
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What questions should I ask myself when choosing a Linux distribution? [closed]

So many Linux distros out there, over 200. What questions should I ask myself to help decipher which distribution to use. At the moment I have: What Desktop Environment? (Xfce, KDE etc) Do I want ...
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Is there a distribution that supports rolling back updated packages?

Is there a tool or even an entire distribution that supports rolling-back changed packages after an update? As an example: I upgraded packages A, B and C. After working with those packages for ...
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Is there an Evergreen Linux distribution?

There are Evergreen browsers like FireFox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge that always keep themselves up to date with their latest versions. Are there any Evergreen Linux distributions that always ...
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Are there any reverse package indexes?

I am looking to use specific software in Linux - some of the fancier security kernel patches, maths software such as Isabelle, the Spark compiler, nVidia drivers, nothing exceptionally exotic and ...
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Linux Based Platform suitable for Architects

We are an architectural firm and wish to use Linux based platform on our desktops. The Softwares used would be Draftsight, 3dmax, sketchup, tally & office. Which platform is best suited for our ...
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Small CLI-only distribution based on Arch or Debian

I've looked at a lot of topics that look like what I'm looking for but aren't quite what I want. To give you some context, my ultimate goal is to have a Vagrant box that can compile some C code and ...
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What are the advantages of NAS distros in SOHO environment [closed]

There are a few distros dedicated to being a NAS (e.g., FreeNAS and OMV). What advantages do these types of distros provide for use in a SOHO environment over a typical customized server install of ...
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Setting up a netbook for a visually impaired senior

I'm trying to set up my old netbook to help my visually impaired grandmother keep her mind engaged. My grandfather passed away last year, and my grandmother moved into an assisted living home. She is ...
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(32bit or 64bit) Linux distro with !32bit! (U)EFI support?

Is there a Linux distribution that supports 32bit-(U)EFI? If so, which one and where do I find a bootable ISO? I'd like to find a Linux distro for my HP Envy X2 which has an Intel Atom CPU and ...
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Smallest Distro To Compile Code

I am running Windows and I don't have a very big SSD. I want to use Linux in a VM to compile GIMP but I want to keep the VM as small as possible. What is the smallest distro you can use to compile ...
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Distribution with Plasma 5, rolling or LTS, security, encryption, non-free options

Can anyone name Linux distributions matching the following criteria: Plasma 5 desktop Rolling release, LTS strategy, or at least non-disruptive updates from one release to the next Security updates ...
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HP Omen 15 and Linux

This is a simple question: Is there anyone out there who has installed any Linux distro on a HP Omen 15 laptop and have it work to satisfaction. I couldn't find it amongst the certified units on ...
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Looking for a distro that has linux kernel 4.0? [closed]

The computer I'm looking to upgrade to linux has a wifi card that isn't supported in linux but I read somewhere that it is supported in the 4.0 kernel. Because of this I can't install an old kernel ...
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What is the most basic version of Linux with a package-manager? [closed]

I'm starting a project where all I really want is a shell with apt-get or something similar. I've searched for small distros, and there are plenty, but I don't need any GUI other than command line. ...
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A stable/LTS Linux distro (Fedora,openSUSE,Ubuntu,Debian) with simple VirtualBox 5+ installation? [closed]

I have lost too much having Windows as a host OS, especially after upgrading to 10. My processor is AMD64 (specs), AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) Technology with IOMMU Silicon feature-set ...
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Choosing proper Debian installer

I have a server with Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 Sequence. I would like to install the latest stable release of Debian on it. But I'm very confused by the number of installers available for ...
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Running linux with hybrid HD/SSD on a macbook pro

I considered installing Linux on a macbook pro (mid-2010, "6,2") to extend its lifetime as I currently encounter problems in OSX Yosemite with it slowing down, locking up, etc. However I have a hybrid ...
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Switching from Ubuntu: What is software support like for other distros? [closed]

I'm about to reformat my laptop and am considering trying a new Linux distro. Ubuntu was my first Linux OS, and I chose it because it seemed to have the most support and documentation for different ...
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Appropriate 2015 distribution for a 2008 netbook? [closed]

I bought a netbook (Asus EEE PC 1000H, specs here and here) back when it came out in 2008, and installed Debian 4.0 Etch with Gnome. It worked wonderfully well, and served me appropriately for most ...
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Dependency hell: Why not create portable applications [closed]

Back in time to the ages when I was using Windows, applications were installed in an independent way. This left a lot of freedom to the end user/sysadmin to decide what and where to upgrade, what to ...
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Ubuntu 15 vs Mint 17 vs Zorin 9 vs Elementary OS (newbie) [closed]

I have always used windows but my computer is always overheating and i think i should try something new. I am going to clean it with compressed air and i am thinking of installing a linux distro as ...
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What is an arch based distribution that moves slower [closed]

What's an arch based distro that updates slower? The frequent updates of the main repository are a bit too fast for my taste. I like the rolling release system so want to keep that.
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What is the status of Miux? [closed]

Microsoft Announces Its Own Linux OS, on It's F.O.S.S., April 1, 2015. I cannot find it on distrowatch. Was this a hoax, or is this a real, living distro that can be downloaded, tested?
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Least resource-consuming Linux OS to run just Chrome

I've developed some application which uses a browser in order to run. The usage of the browser is simply for the GUI which is built with html/css/js (there are lot of js animations). Currently, the ...
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Suggestions for a GUI light distribution [closed]

I am looking for a scaled down version of Linux/Unix I am looking for the most scaled down distribution of Linux/Unix that I can install on an old computer. Features listed below. Minimal GUI: ...
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Linux distribution for a beginner Windows 7 user with good compatibility [closed]

A few days ago a friend asked me if I could install a good Linux distribution on his old PC (actually not very old: Intel Core 2, 2 GB of RAM). He's a Windows 7 user and a lawyer who uses the PC ...
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Specific distibution recommendation [closed]

I want to ask the distro cosmopolitans of you for a distibution recommendation for my special needs. I'm coming from arch linux, which is really fine I like to be virtually on upstream software and I ...
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Stable server distribution without systemd (for OpenVZ)?

I don't want this to become a "my distribution is better" flamewar so please read the whole question and only answer if you know a distribution that fulfils all requirements. The situation is the ...
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Extremely stable Linux or FreeBSD system for offline workstation [closed]

Recently I ordered a new PC. I'm a computer graphics designer and in my free time I like to write simple programs. Frequently I have some work to be done at home. I am experienced Linux user after ...
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Installing Ubuntu/Debian packages on Arch [duplicate]

I am considering switching from Ubuntu Linux to Arch Linux. I have a long list of packages that I've installed using apt-get that I would like to install right after I install Arch itself. Is there ...
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Creating a live USB without persistence or access to hard drive

I am looking to be able to run a live copy of Linux off of a 4GB usb stick. I would like this to be a sandbox/learning environment, and my requirements are: 1) No persistence. Everything that is ...
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Live linux distribution that includes TrueCrypt, to be used for data recovery [closed]

I want to be able to use a CD/USB bootable "live" linux distribution to: read a truecrypt volume mount local drives Ubuntu Privacy Remix seemed perfect as it does include TrueCrypt, but it ...
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LXDE/LXQT distro with 5 years support?

Does a distro exist based on (pre-installed) LXDE/LXQT which has 5 years support minimum. I have seen Lubuntu which only has 3 years support. I am basically looking for a very stable desktop distro ...
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What Linux has BSD-ports like package management?

Looking for Linux server distro (not need X-windows and such), what downloads source code to the "right" place and compiles packages - e.g. a distribution that uses something like BSD-ports system. ...
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Free OS (no proprietary software or drivers) with current software? [closed]

I heard gnewsense has no proprietary software or drivers so I thought I should give it a try. I was disappointed to see openoffice instead of libreoffice, an old version of nginx, clang, etc and ...
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Which linux distro ships unaltered GNOME 3.1x

I tried the GNOME 3.14 promo DVD. Unfortunately it did not offer the option to install it. I would like to install the latest version of GNOME that ships in a Linux distribution, which I suppose is ...
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Linux solution for schools?

The school I'm working for as an administrator requested a system upgrade. Currently we are using a government-suggested Linux distribution called SuliXerver - it would be great, but most of the admin ...
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Live USB with just X-Forwarding and SSH abilities

I have a few programming classes at school (we're learning Python) where we use rather old hardware. They run Windows XP, and usually they all somehow have a few issues (no HDD at boot, unexpected ...
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Linux distribution with remote desktop?

I have a old computer, where I want to install Linux. It will be server but I want to use as normal operating system. But I have problem, because I don't have display for this computer, because this ...
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Is there a very small version of Linux which could be filled to own wish?

Is there a mini-Linux, which would be just practically terminal prompt and you could install environment on your own? Including programs, plugins, drivers, DE (desktop environment)? I'm currently ...
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Which USB distributions may fit as notebook/development/demonstration platforms? [closed]

I want to build a (very) nomad work platform and I don't want it to be on the cloud but on a USB drive. (I know I will have to create backups and/or disk images to make it USB disk failure proof.) I ...
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Linux distribution for a new user [closed]

I am a Windows user, and I would like to try Linux. I only have heard about Ubuntu, but I see even Ubuntu have many "sub-choices". Which distribution would be the best for me.
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Which distributions can have a network installation started from a floppy?

Suppose I have computer with no USB boot option; no CD/DVD drive; an unformatted HDD; and a working connection to the Internet (via a local network segment with a DHCP server etc)... and an FDD. Can ...
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Are there any Linux distributions that focus on binary backward compatibility?

If you build an executable that works on a current version of Windows, that executable will probably work for many years on newer versions of Windows. Microsoft works very hard to ensure this. With ...
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Linux distribution for old laptop [closed]

I want to install a new Linux distribution on my old ThinkPad 600x laptop: Pentium 3 500MHz processor 448MB RAM 4MB graphics memory around 20GB HDD CD-ROM drive WiFi card on PCMCIA I want a fast, ...
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How to choose the adequate Linux distribution for a given hardware set up? [closed]

We all have a common issue whereby there is an old PC lying around and we want to revive it using a secure Linux distro (vs. using the un-updated native OS, likely Windows) that is both user-friendly ...