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Is there an Evergreen Linux distribution?

There are Evergreen browsers like FireFox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge that always keep themselves up to date with their latest versions. Are there any Evergreen Linux distributions that always ...
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Are there any reverse package indexes?

I am looking to use specific software in Linux - some of the fancier security kernel patches, maths software such as Isabelle, the Spark compiler, nVidia drivers, nothing exceptionally exotic and ...
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Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? [closed]

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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Linux Based Platform suitable for Architects

We are an architectural firm and wish to use Linux based platform on our desktops. The Softwares used would be Draftsight, 3dmax, sketchup, tally & office. Which platform is best suited for our ...
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Small CLI-only distribution based on Arch or Debian

I've looked at a lot of topics that look like what I'm looking for but aren't quite what I want. To give you some context, my ultimate goal is to have a Vagrant box that can compile some C code and ...
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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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What are the advantages of NAS distros in SOHO environment [closed]

There are a few distros dedicated to being a NAS (e.g., FreeNAS and OMV). What advantages do these types of distros provide for use in a SOHO environment over a typical customized server install of ...
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(32bit or 64bit) Linux distro with !32bit! (U)EFI support?

Is there a Linux distribution that supports 32bit-(U)EFI? If so, which one and where do I find a bootable ISO? I'd like to find a Linux distro for my HP Envy X2 which has an Intel Atom CPU and ...
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Setting up a netbook for a visually impaired senior

I'm trying to set up my old netbook to help my visually impaired grandmother keep her mind engaged. My grandfather passed away last year, and my grandmother moved into an assisted living home. She is ...
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Smallest Distro To Compile Code

I am running Windows and I don't have a very big SSD. I want to use Linux in a VM to compile GIMP but I want to keep the VM as small as possible. What is the smallest distro you can use to compile ...
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Distribution with Plasma 5, rolling or LTS, security, encryption, non-free options

Can anyone name Linux distributions matching the following criteria: Plasma 5 desktop Rolling release, LTS strategy, or at least non-disruptive updates from one release to the next Security updates ...
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HP Omen 15 and Linux

This is a simple question: Is there anyone out there who has installed any Linux distro on a HP Omen 15 laptop and have it work to satisfaction. I couldn't find it amongst the certified units on ...
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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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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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What is the smallest possible Linux implementation?

What are the bare minimum components for a Linux OS to be functional, and that I can use as a base to expand and improve as I learn Linux and my understanding and needs grow?
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Need Advice: What Linux distro should I install on an old PowerPC Mac

I'm trying to set up my brother (who has a PPC Mac, with 1 ghz processor and 256 ram) with a Linux distro that would allow him to surf the web on the device. Support has faded for the new browsers, ...
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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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Distribution with Hadoop installed

Is there any Gnu/Linux distribution that provides by default an Hadoop installation?
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What is the status of Miux? [closed]

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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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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Looking for a distro that has linux kernel 4.0? [closed]

The computer I'm looking to upgrade to linux has a wifi card that isn't supported in linux but I read somewhere that it is supported in the 4.0 kernel. Because of this I can't install an old kernel ...
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What is the most basic version of Linux with a package-manager? [closed]

I'm starting a project where all I really want is a shell with apt-get or something similar. I've searched for small distros, and there are plenty, but I don't need any GUI other than command line. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a distribution that offers frequent updates to software packages, but stability and consistency in system packages? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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. ...