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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? ...
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Distro for a startup?

We run a small start-up in the SaaS industry. About half of our current staff are developers using their own laptops with various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora) with a few exceptions of ...
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What do different BSDs have in common?

... and what are the differences between them? I formulated my question like this to make it clear I'm not interested in a flamewar of opinions, rather in an objective comparison between the different ...
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Linux distro that supports touchpads and acpi on Macbook Pros

I've had a Macbook pro for 1 year running OSX, but I really miss Linux. I read plenty of docs but I never got a useful answer to the following questions: How's the autonomy with ...
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Run entire OS from flash drive

I am looking for a distribution that can run the entire OS from a flash drive. This question is NOT about being simply able to boot and/or run OS from a USB stick: what I am looking for is a ...
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Help with OS choice for High Performance Computing

I have been using Ubuntu 10.04 for 2 years now and honestly, I am somewhat bored of Linux and wish to explore Unix (or Unix Like) now. I don't want a dumbed down version (like Ubuntu) anymore and want ...
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FreeNAS versus a regular (CentOS/Ubuntu) linux server?

I'm looking to build a medium sized (6TB, mini ITX board) server for personal use. Most importantly, it will serve as a seedbox and will store a whole lot of data. I will be accessing the data over my ...
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Is there any *real* reason to use BackTrack?

I have heard of BackTrack, never used it, don't see the point. It doesn't use something that can read my mind and install the packages I am thinking about, it just uses apt-get. The other thing is, I ...
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Distribution recommendation for USB flash disks

I'm a linux system administrator and dealing with big iron distributions like debian and redhat for a long time. I need a recommendation for a small distribution which I can install to USB flash disk. ...
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Mini ultra light linux boot on a USB key

I don't have linux. I'm on Windows (XP or 7). I'd like to have just a linux USB key only to boot and have the command line to launch some command line programs. How may I simply create that USB key ...
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Command Line Linux Distro for i386 and 128MB RAM

I'm looking for a command line Linux distro that runs under 128Mb of RAM and works with i386. All the distros that I've looked at so far seem to be too big, don't support that old of a processor, or ...
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What are the differences between the major Linux distributions? [closed]

Newbies to Linux like me often find it puzzling when there are so many different distributions like Debian, Fedora or Ubuntu. I've tried to Google some documents describing the differences between ...
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Which *nix distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines?

EDIT: This question was expanded to include other Unix-like distros such as Hurd and BSD. Before anyone wonders, I did read related questions and answers; I think I have a sufficiently unique ...
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Linux distribution that still ships with KDE3?

Is there any Linux distribution that still comes with support of KDE3?
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What is the best distro for Toshiba Satellite L10-205(old hardware) used mostly for development?

I'm new to the Linux world, but I would love to switch from windows. I'm developer, mostly in web server based technologies, but sometimes I love to thinker with C++ and other languages. As I'm ...
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How 'safe' is it to use new distributions of linux? [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this. I was looking at some new distros of linux that came out fairy recently and I really like their UI. I want to start using one of these but I'm a bit ...
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FreeBSD vs Damn Small Linux for a Really Old Machine?

I am doing this just for fun, I have several more powerful machines at hand but thought it would be cool to resurrect an approximately 14 year old machine with a Pentium II processor. I will have to ...
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What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G?

I have an Asus EEE PC 701 4G - one of the original ones - and would like to install a new OS on it. What options are out there? I'm looking for: Easy to use (it's for my parents) Office software ...
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Best Distro For Artificial Intelligence Research? [closed]

Is there a definite best distro for AI research? I want to build a AI that can be used to help me manage all my emails intelligently.
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TCL vs. DSL vs. TTY vs. Feather - How to choose one over another?

In my search for Linux distros that can run on extremely modest resources, I found the following alternatives: TCL - Tiny Core Linux DSL - Damn Small Linux TTY - ttylinux Feather - Feather Linux ...
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Linux distributions for ARM processors

Are there any Linux distributions (Other than Backtrack and Android) available for ARM processors? specifically ARM 11 (SE Xperia X8)
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Finding Linux distribution with proper hardware driver support

To me it is a jungle to find what Linux distribution to choose... Of course one would like to use as much performance as possible from the machine. In my case I have a HP Pavilion dv6-6008eo - in ...
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Linux distribution geared towards developers

I am looking for the best flavor of Linux that would appeal to the developer's side of me. I am a lover of open source and use several different languages. Is there such a thing as a Linux geared ...
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What linux is best suited for people new to computers?

What would be the easiest linux for people who are new to computers? The computers here have 256Mb RAM with 40GB hard-disks. UPDATE: Most of them apparently have more than 265MB of RAM with some ...
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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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Is there a distribution that offers frequent updates to software packages, but stability and consistency in system packages?

I used to use Arch, but it became painful to update if I'm only updating the system every few (3-6 months, typically closer to 6 months). I began to look at other distributions, but it seems like my ...
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Which is the best KDE-based distribution? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distribution that offers a good KDE experience We have deployed Gnome and Ubuntu on our desktops for a long time until Gnome was split into Unity and Gnome 3. Both ...
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What is the most compatible Linux distribution for MacBook Pro?

Here's the minimal requirements: two-fingers movement on touchpad for scroll using the lower-powered GPU as default card sleep on lid close some key (control or command) + LMB for RMB ...
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Linux recommendation for old laptop [closed]

I want to install Linux on my old laptop from 2006 February. Primarily I want to use it for lightweight coding and browsing the internet. Software needed: python some web design tools (i have some ...
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What is the Linux distro ranking based on number of packages?

I am looking for hard data for at least top 10 Linux distro or (better) an address of a web page which keeps such data and (maybe) updates it from time to time (after all repositories are public to ...
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A Live Linux Distro which is as small as possible (no X, no networking, bash)

I've been trying to find a Linux distribution to fit my needs but I need something that seems to be more minimal then "minimal" distributions (Eg: Microcore Linux) seem to provide. I don't need X, I ...
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A distro with Ubuntu 11.04 and Gnome 3 installed by default

I remember reading a comment ages ago about a distro that was created with Gnome 3 on top of Ubuntu 11.04. What was that distribution named/where can I find it?
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Looking for small distro (to be installed automatically, with g++ and javac)

I'm looking for linux distro only with comand line and i need in it only g++,javac,python. I found Damn Small Linux but it dont have g++ and javac. It should have it out of the box because linux will ...
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Recommended live distro with persistent USB storage and Compiz

I need a distro that matches these specifications: runs from USB has persistence (saves sessions and data like a regular OS) controls on top (as in, the Mac toolbar - I'm still new to Linux, I don't ...
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How can I build a custom distribution for running a simple web browser?

You'll have to forgive me, as I'm relatively new at doing something like this, but I need to do the following and I know that it has and can be done. Basically, a few friends and me are assembling ...
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Any LiveCD or LiveDVD Distro whith multi session burning onto LiveMedia

I'm looking for any Distro or LiveLinux for CD/DVD (NOT usb/SD card usage) which does the following: 1) All changes to the filesystem are written to the RAM disk with an overlaid filesystem. 2) Upon ...
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Need minimal linux distro, with install size less atmost 250 - 300 mb

I need a distro of Linux which occupies 250-300 MB of hard drive space. It should be able to run C programs (NOT COMPILE!! just execute)... and must be compatible with grub2 (NEED TO USE ...
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Which FreeBSD version or ISO for Dell R310?

When I try to install FreeBSD I always get confused as to which iso is the correct one for Rack mounted servers. In their download choices, there are too many versions of FreeBSD Which one is the ...
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Which of the bigger distributions offers the latest updates?

I am currently using Ubuntu and I appreciate the big community, the Software Center and the fact that it's very easy to use. But additionally I'd like to have the latest updates, like e.g. LibreOffice ...
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Linux Distro and Media Server Software choice

I'm going to be building a computer and setting it up as a media center for the guys I live with. The things I would like it to do are show up in iTunes as a shared library, and probably be able to ...
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Which linux distro is good as a VPS in parallels? [closed]

I will use Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for virtualization and have a good server machine. Which linux distro is good to use? I am new at parallels and vps. I have CentOS 5, Debian 5.0 Lenny and ...
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Which GNU/Linux distribution for a 12-year old system?

I have a 12-year old Toshiba Libretto laptop with a Transmeta Crusoe Processor TM 5600 running at about 600 MHz, 128 MB RAM and S3 Savage graphics. Which Ubuntu (or any other GNU/Linux based ...
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Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux?

Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? What are the advantages of FreeBSD compared to Linux? (My shared hosting provider uses FreeBSD.)
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Gentoo versus Funtoo [closed]

I've heard that Funtoo is a somewhat improved version of Gentoo, but I haven't been able to find any concrete sources for this. Funtoo's website says this: Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 ...