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What is the most basic version of unix with apt-get?

I'm starting a project where all I really want is a shell version of unix with apt-get. I've searched for small unix 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?

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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What is the basic difference between Kali Linux and Metasploitable Linux in the area of pentesting?

What is the basic difference between 'Kali Linux' and 'Metasploitable Linux'? What is the thing that one of them has, while the other doesn't? Both of them are used for penetration testing, but, I ...
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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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does bluetooth work with any softphone? any distro?

does anyone anywhere on any distro have bluetooth working with a softphone? it worked in lubuntu saucy in early 2014, still looking for a working setup since. plain alsa would be preferable, if ...
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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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npm style OS package manager. Packages local to a directory

Is there any distro or package manager with the following npm-like characteristics?: Packages are installed to their own directory, chosen by the user at install time. As opposed to packages ...
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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 ...
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What is a good distribution to use that is similar to Amazon Linux [closed]

I'm running the "Amazon Linux" OS/distro in production on EC2, But I'd like to do some local development/testing with VirtualBox VMs. What would be a good distribution to use that is most like Amazon ...
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Which distributions maintain a kernel package with grsecurity support

I know that I can apply the grsecurity patches by compiling my own kernel. This is not a big deal to do it once, but too complex to have regular and easy kernel image updates. So I am looking for ...
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Live Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support

Is there any Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support that could be launched from a live CD/USB drive?
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How to know in which distribution is present one command [closed]

How can I know the Linux distribution of the command? For example, lscpu command Is there any place with a matrix (distribution, commands)?
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100% open source linux distro

Do 100% open source linux distro's exist? i.e. distros which contain absolutely no closed source components anywhere at all? Apparently distros like Ubuntu contains bits and pieces which are closed ...
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Choosing distro for old PC, any compatibility issue to look out for? [closed]

So I need to install an OS on a quite old PC. 1.6GHz CPU, 512 RAM. I had no idea about this earlier today, so I tried to install ElementaryOS (12.04 Ubuntu derivative). GUI was useless, so I switched ...
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Is there a Lubuntu, Centos equvialent…Centos that runs lxde out of the box?

Are there any CentOS distros that run LXDE out of the box? I want to use CentOS for a server I'm throwing together instead of Ubuntu, but I want to be able to run LXDE as the system I'm using has ...
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Which Linux can I install from Windows? (but not Ubuntu)

I have an old laptop, currently running Windows, but extremely slowly. I want to install Linux on it, probably a distro like Puppy, which plays well with low resources. But just about any distro ...
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Any Linux distribution with GNUstep?

As a Mac-dominant user I was looking at Cocoa again and that made me think about GNUstep, GNU's implementation of (what was once) the same platform. I noticed that neither Ubuntu nor SUSE came with ...
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Support for old network cards in lightweight distros?

I'm planning to revive and old desk pc, but it is hard for me to choose a distro. My problem is to find a distro that has a good support for old hardware, especially of network cards for wireless ...
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Most lightweight distro that runs LibreOffice Writer

I've got an old PC with a 400 Mhz CPU and 256 Mb RAM. I just need to run LibreOffice Writer on it (or another word processor that opens .doc just as good, no Abiword). I'm looking for a light distro ...
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Arguments against Ubuntu? [closed]

As someone who's been using Ubuntu for a couple of years now both in production and at home, when seeking answers to certain administrative questions for my systems, I often hear the "that's what you ...
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Long(est) security update support for stable GNU/Linux distributions?

Which a) FLOSS b) stable (= not rolling release) c) desktop GNU/Linux distributions have a long security update support? Of course it’s interesting which distro has the longest support, but 2nd, 3rd ...
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Any Linux Distros that may work well with intel 965gm gpu? [closed]

My mom's laptop had ubuntu 12.04 32bit and now 13.10. But they both are extremely slow. makes windows xp look super fast. (which was on it before) on askubuntu they said the gpu is the issue. ...