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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?

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 ...
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Is there something similar to SUSE Studio but geared toward Debian-based distros?

I am playing around with SUSE Studio and am finding it quite amazing, though (I imagine for sentimental reasons) I prefer Debian and the deb package manager. Is there something like SUSE Studio that ...
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Which is a better option for using OS on laptop: Linpus Linux or Linux? [closed]

I would like to know the difference between the two so I can install on my laptop from security point of view and as an overall performance.This is because I am being cyber bullied on internet.I have ...
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Asus Eee Netbook Distribution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G? In our school we have Asus Eee Netbooks working with Lubuntu 11.10. The problem is that we need a new distro, ...
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What is a good, small distribution for building an appliance? [closed]

I am writing a server application (based on Ruby, but not Rails) which I would eventually like to ship as an appliance. What is a good distro to use? My main criterion is that it should be small, so ...
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Are there any other Linux distributions that automatically get UEFI right?

Recently I've been trying many different linux distros, and the only one that can setup UEFI correctly out of the box is Fedora. There is 0 tweaking involved. Somehow it just automatically knows if a ...
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Basic Linux OS with GNU apps and TWM

I'm looking for a slim version of GNU/Linux which has: Network stack popular GNU apps TWM Window Manager properly configured Similar structure of Red Hat Linux (optional) It's for a low end PC ...
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Distribution for eldery people [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What linux is best suited for people new to computers? My grandparents would like to use a computer. They have already used a Windows Vista machine but so little and ...
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Smallest linux distribution for PPTP VPN server (poptop)?

I want to run Poptop, an Open Source PPTP Server for Linux. I need the smallest possible GNU/Linux distribution which I can install in VMware Workstation 8 and which will be able to support this ...
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Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?

Just curious. The title says it all: Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?
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Debian-based distros that have a regular release cycle

Are there any Debian based distributions that have a regular release cycles besides Ubuntu or Linux Mint? I'm running Squeeze right now and I really like the Debian ecosystem and package system. ...
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Understanding different Linux Distros

I'm having a little bit of confusion when understanding linux based OS's. When I download the newest version of Mint and Ubuntu, aren't they the "same" at their core (kernel)? It just seems that they ...
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Best live distro for working with files [closed]

What is the most savvy Live Linux Distro for working (open, coping, moving) with files (text documents, pictures, music files and videos). Typical case: We have a computer (mostly with Windows and ...
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Regarding the server distributions

I am confused as to what defines a "server" distribution against a normal, desktop distribution. What I mean is that if you wanted a corporate server, you might be able to pick just about any linux ...
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Unix without a GUI for old machine

I have been given my father's old computer, which currently runs Windows 95 and has a 133-MHz processor, a Pentium(r) according to "My Computer". It seems a shame to recycle it when it works so well ...
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Recommend distribution for Graphic Design

I'm new here. I need for a Linux Distribution for my girlfriend, to install on her computer (in a VM, to be more exactly). She studies Graphic Design, and she use to work on Windows XP, but she got ...
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Modern distribution on old hardware

I have an old system currently running ubuntu jaunty. The main harware specs are: Processor: AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: [SiS] 65x/M650/740 (output from lspci) HDD: 40 GB Now jaunty ...
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Best rolling release distribution for MacBook Pro

I got a macbook pro 7.1 wich is running OSX, i'm looking for the most compatible distribution to dual boot. Here's my criteria : I don't want to reinstall my system every 6 month, so I'll prefer a ...
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What are the main differences between those linux distro vs general daily linux we use?

In one hand i have general daily linux: Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux/Ubuntu. On other hand i have following: eCos FreeRTOS BuildRoot RTEMS openembedded uCLinux Did anyone used those uncommon linux ...
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Choose kernel for specific hardware

I have old system with an AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz processor and [SiS] 65x/M650/740 graphics (output from lspci). Recently I discovered on a german ubuntu page that since version 10.10 some older ...
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Suggestions for a Linux distribution for a dedicated SFTP server

I have a desktop which has more than 16GB of memory that I want to dedicate as an SFTP server. Many people have suggested that I install Linux, so I have decided to go with Linux. I am puzzled and ...
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Are there any Linux distributions specifically designed for netbooks?

I have been using Ubuntu Netbook edition for the past two years now (it merged with regular ubuntu at some point, and I'm using the default environment: Unity). I need something faster, more ...