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Minimal Linux distribution for compiling C programs [closed]

What would be the Linux distribution that is minimal? Just enough to run eclipse and the c/c++ compiler. This Linux will be installed on a VM so I don't want to have a full loaded distribution. What ...
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Linux Distrib with build in Web filter solution

Is there any distribution with a built in solution for web content filtering for my network?
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How long are Debian stable releases supported? like Debian Wheezy

I am Ubuntu user; while I know that Ubuntu 12.04 is LTS and will be supported until April 2017, I'd like to know what the projected support lifetime of Debian Wheezy will be.
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Distro for low-RAM with most recent package versions [duplicate]

Are there any distros that are designed to make a wide range of very recent (unstable) packages available on low-RAM systems?
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Low-RAM Linux Distro Specifically for serving static sites [closed]

I'm looking for a near-zero-configuration linux distro that is designed specifically for serving static web sites and nothing else on a low-RAM machine (I'm planning on 128MB, but the option of less ...
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Cleanest way to use a smartphone as a conventional linux workstation

I have a GT-S5830 Samsung smartphone with Android 2.xxx, that I am not using as a phone. It would be nice if the device could be used as a wifi repeater. Unfortunately, this is impossible or not ...
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Want to dual boot MBP with Linux [duplicate]

I just upgraded to a 1tb HDD in my MacBook Pro (non-retina) and would like to dual boot from OS X to a linux distro. I'd like to find out a few things so I can be better prepared and informed for ...
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Linux/Unix variant for training system administrators

Is there a Linux/Unix based operating system used for training sysadmins? Some bugs would be deliberately included in the system and the training candidate is supposed to solve all of them. It should ...
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Lightweight Linux to host VM

We're looking for a rather lightweight, but at the same time easy to configure Linux distribution, which would have just one job - to host a VM - one at a time (others would be just stored there). At ...
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How to configure OpenIndiana(151a8 aka “hipster”) for development?

I saw a similar post about Solaris and thought of a similar howto. I've heard of recent news (as in 2013) with the distribution and I learned I could easily update my initial OpenIndiana 151a7 release ...
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Which version of linux to practise unix scripting/programming? [closed]

I was using cygwin, but its frustrating to use. It does not have many programs and is confusing. I want to get some linux distro in which I can use bash and run most commonly used commands, scripts ...
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ATI friendly distro?

I've been researching on problems with ATI catalyst drivers and there is no fix as far as I can see. I have an ATI Radeon 7470m (HP Pavilion dm4). And I haven't managed to have a properly working ...
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continuous testing of a C++ project on github with different Linux distros

Is there any framework to automatically try to compile a C++ project on github.com on every commit made, similar to what http://jenkins-ci.org or http://travis-ci.org do for different compilers on an ...
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Distribution with Hadoop installed

Is there any Gnu/Linux distribution that provides by default an Hadoop installation?
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Is there any small linux distro for ARM NAS?

I want a small linux distribution, that includes the following open source packages: busybox samba afpd avahi pureftpdftp minidlna transmission I thought, I can compile one from sources, but it's ...
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Emacs 24 and linux distributions

I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and was very disappointed that emacs 24 was not yet supported for it. I found some links where you could build it from source, but regardless I am looking for a ...
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Looking to build a low powered linux based firewall

I am looking to build a low powered linux based firewall. I need a reliable piece of hardware that has two (2) LAN inputs and a built in wifi. Fanless and low power system. any recommendations? Any ...
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which distributions to test for successful compilation? [closed]

I've got a package written in C++ using boost libraries and a bunch of helper scripts, and I want to make sure it's easy to compile for most Linux x86_64 distributions. It uses cmake and downloads the ...
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Should a serious student of *nix choose a distribution that is POSIX-compliant to learn standard features well?

I want to learn Unix or Linux as a serious student, and specifically want to learn the basics well so that I can have proper understanding and so I can move between platforms and distributions without ...
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Recommended Linux distribution for statistics? [closed]

Given that R, Python and many other open source libraries used for stats have better support in Linux than Windows/OSX (rPy comes to mind), I find it odd that no one has asked this question before. So ...
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Best Linux Distribution for Scientific Computing? [closed]

I recently bought a new laptop to be used for scientific research when I'm at home. The machine has Intel i7 processor with 8 cores, 4 GB of RAM, and a graphic card from Nvidia (2 GB, Ivy Bridge). The ...
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Linux distro for a developer

I am mainly using Linux for programming. I basically started with Archlinux and Manjaro and I kinda like it. What I really like is the package management. It has a huge collection of new software and ...
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What live distribution is well-suited for presentations? [closed]

My students often use the classroom projector screen to give presentations, usually using PowerPoint, but sometimes they show pre-recorded presentations in SMPlayer. The classroom computer is ...
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What distro for my PowerBook G4? [closed]

I've got an old PowerBook G4 with a 1333 MHz CPU and 1.25 GB RAM. What are some good distro to use? I tried Yellow Dog and Fedora (which didn't work), but I would prefer something more Debian-like, ...
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Choosing a desktop linux distro based on work server distro [closed]

for several years I've managed a server or two on CentOS distro with cPanel (or not) and I was wondering if I should actually use a desktop linux distro based on CentOS/RHEL instead of going for ...
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Unix beginner installing [closed]

I'm a Unix beginner but I want to change that. I'm already familiar with Ubuntu, a bit with some other distros for linux, windows and a little bit with mac. So the first thing I did was searching how ...
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Linux distro to run a MIDI-server on a PII 333 MHz

I am looking for a Linux distro that can be used to redirect MIDI message from the network to the soundboard a TurtleBeach Montego from 1997. Currently the computer is running Windows 98 se and I get ...
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Acer Travelmate: what distro to choose?

No distro will work properly with my Acer TravelMate 5735. I have tried Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Backtrack, Mint, Fedora, Mageia. All of them at least had blank screen error, witch some of them I could ...
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Learning Linux for intermediate user [closed]

Here is my situation : I know how to compile some programs. I know how make and gcc works. I know bash. I am fairly comfortable with command-line. I know how it works in my computer for some ...
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Recommended Linux distribution or distributions for children [closed]

My kid wants to use Linux and wants to be a geek in Linux. I am really glad at my kid's wish. Now I want to introduce my kid to Linux. Which linux distribution or distributions should I suggest?
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Linux stack for a home network firewall/proxy?

I've got a generic home 'network' where my ISP supplied modem acts as router with a software firewall built-in. My PCs connect directly to this router to access the Internet. I want to place a box in ...
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Can I use APT on TinyCore?

Will tinyCore let me use APT? I am looking forward to use a very light version of Linux on a netbook or something. For the last few years I been using Linux Mint and I like it, but I am getting tired ...
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What are some enterprise level linux distributions [closed]

I've been trying to get a comprehensive list of enterprise linux distributions but all I can find is Red Hat. Also, does such a thing truly exist or is Red Hat an anomaly. Surely once a distro ...
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Light linux for disk operations

I have old computer with Windows XP system and it started crashing randomly. I need light OS, which can be booted as Live CD/DVD in which I could copy all data from hdd to external hdd. I have tried ...
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Can anyone help me finding a simple *nix distro that can run Wine

I am looking a distro of either Linux or Unix, that is so very limited that I don't even need a desktop or any applications, it's only use would be to run wine. I actually would prefer it didn't ...
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Is Gobolinux active any more?

Today I hear about existence of a revolutionary distro named Gobolinux. I am very interested and excited about it (in particular its file structure). Unfortunately it is not updated for a while. ...
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Which Linux distro/mode offers lowest interference when running your own applications?

I'm interested in a Linux distro to build C projects and test their behavior in a very predictable and controlled environment. I'm especially concerned about letting the scheduler deal as much as ...
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Is there a linux distro, that is not installed, but runs from the browser?

I remember hearing about something similar. My constraints are: It may not be installed on the machine It may not be booted via USB or LiveCD What I need, in decreasing order of priority: 0. ...
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Which distribution is usually chosen in an enterprise environment - Debian or RHEL (CentOS)? [closed]

I would like to apologize for the (slightly) off-topic and non-technical question, but I recently started to emerge myself into the wonderful world of Linux, and started studying some distributions in ...
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Making Puppy Linux more “Unixy”?

I am playing around with Puppy Linux Wary 5.3 on an old machine (Pentium PII, 160 megs RAM, 6 gig HD). I did an install on the HD. I appreciate it's light footprint, the fact that it plays nice with ...
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What is the best linux distro for Google Apps development? [closed]

As there are just far too many distro's for an old RedHat user (in the 1990's,) to keep track of... I need to setup a few secure/reliable work stations to develop some basic google apps type ...
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Best *nix or *nux OS for Compaq Presario 2100 laptop [closed]

I have an old Compaq Presario 2100 laptop with the following configuration: RAM : 192 MB DDR PC2100 Processor : Intel Pentium 4 2.19 GHz Current OS : Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service ...
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What distro will use less resources for a laptop? [closed]

Currently I'm in doubt: I'm getting a new Dell Vostro 2520 with 4 gigs of memory. The problem is that I'm Ruby/ ex-PHP developer and may have to work with quite big projects. Probably simultaneously. ...
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Creating linux distro for use during exam

I'm thinking about creating a liveCD having some linux on it. The distro (let's call it Exam OS) is meant to be used by students during an exam and should be, at least, unpleasent to bypass. Let's ...
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What does Chakra “optimize” about KDE?

The KDE about box in Chakra says that I'm running "Platform Version 4.9.97 optimized by The Chakra Project". What exactly does Chakra "optimize" about KDE? I'm considering switching away (mostly due ...
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Small Linux distro with Ruby

I have been using Puppy Linux for basic Linux needs, however now I would prefer one that has Ruby included, so that it does not have to be downloaded. I would prefer a small distro that can run from ...
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lightweight Fedora-base and SUSE-base distros

I need to use two different linux distros simulanously work some learning (network administration learning) purposes, I chose Ubuntu/Fedora or ubuntu/SUSE families. and decided to select a lightweight ...
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High-latency VM-centric workstation, vs. low-latency, (but, hack-ish) configuration for Oracle 11g

tl;dr Low-latency native (i.e. VM-less) development workstation vs. higher latency VM-centric workstation? Hey StackExchange, I'm unsure of whether or not I should be using a VM for development, as ...
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RPM Operating System Binary Compatibility

When I read through the differences between Cent, OpenSuse, and Fedora, they frequently say that Cent and Red Hat are binary compatible. My experience has been (debian/ubuntu) that regardless of ...
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Easiest way to install a Linux Desktop installtion on VirtualBox

I need a Linux Virtual machine (running on Windows with Virtual Box), and I need it run a desktop such as Gnome. Because it is running on a Virtual machine on a not particulary powerful machine I ...