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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 ...
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Is Oracle Linux feasible for a desktop?

Is Oracle Linux feasible for a desktop enviroment or is it strictly server oriented?
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Suggest me a distro “beetwen debian and ubuntu”? [closed]

I need to install a linux distribution; i like the distro debian-like. I used to use ubuntu, i tryied the new version..it seems to me to be a fake of Mac OS...something just to let you say: yeee i ...
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Linux Distribution for bioinformatics?

I need a linux distro which is designed for bioinformatics including some bioinformatics tool, a sample database, etc.
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Help me choose the right distribution for learning and hosting web apps

I'm coming to Linux from the Windows world, and I want to learns the ins and outs of the system in order to make it my primary day to day work and hosting environment. I'm pretty much a complete ...
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Keyboard only desktop environment

Is there a (more than a terminal) desktop environment/distro that can be run using only a keyboard - I have an old computer on which I cannot use a mouse - the PS/2 port is broken and it won't accept ...
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Git based package manager/installer for Linux

Is there any linux distro that has a git based package manager/installer. I want something similar to FreeBSD Ports (which is CVS based, I think) or Mac OS X Homebrew (git based).
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Linux Home Firewall

I was recently delving into thoughts of building a small home server to run random things off of (maybe a TF2 server). Thinking about this further I realized I would need to get a better firewall ...
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Any other distro offer like Ubuntu Software Centre?

I want to know does any other linux disto offer anything close to Ubuntu Software Centre? Some of the features I like about it is A) Sandboxing B) Ability to search any of the libs/apps with ...
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Can someone recommend a Linux Distro for purposes of just running a DNS?

I'm looking for an easy to setup Linux distro for just running a DNS server (and nothing else) with something easy to setup like DNSMasq. At home I run OpenWRT with DNSMasq on my Router, and at work ...
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Which Linux distribution is suitable for serverside development and somewhat easy to use?

I need to setup a Linux-based server which is going to be the backend for our web services. This is what I need: (In order of importance) A GUI to manage applications and files It would be running ...
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What distribution for light weight server?

I'm planning on setting up a VM linux box. It needs to be as light weight as possible - no need for GUI. Requirements: It will be connected to VPN It will be running maintenance scripts on mysql ...
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small Linux host for virtual box

Does anybody know a small and simple Linux distribution that contains not much more than the "VirtualBox" program? I'd like to set up a machine that actually needs some kind of graphical display plus ...
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A minimal POSIX conformant operating system

For educational purposes, I'd like to start with a POSIX compliant base, including a shell, basic utilities, and an ANSI C compiler, then see what kind of environments I can build by putting packages ...
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Which linux distro is based on Arch, runs LXDE and out of the box ready to use?

Besides that, have full multimedia, driver, network and essential software support?
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pendrive distro

Which distro should I install on my 8GB pendrive? I need it to have powerfull repos (everything, music editing is crushial) and should be lightweighting not losing on functionality. Any propositions? ...