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Need a new Distro - requirements below [closed]

Ok so I am pushing the boat out a little and asking here, as it is a good a place as any. I am looking for a new Linux distro for my dev laptop. I have been using Ubuntu on it for quite awhile now, ...
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Which *nix distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines? [closed]

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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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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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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What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G? [closed]

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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CrunchBang vs LXLE or other lightweight distro [closed]

I am looking for a lightweight distro for my laptop. My laptop is not old, it is quite powerful (core i7 ) but I need more battery life because with Mint/Ubuntu it drains fast. So I need advice what ...
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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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Linux distribution with remote desktop?

I have a old computer, where I want to install Linux. It will be server but I want to use as normal operating system. But I have problem, because I don't have display for this computer, because this ...
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Free OS (no proprietary software or drivers) with current software? [closed]

I heard gnewsense has no proprietary software or drivers so I thought I should give it a try. I was disappointed to see openoffice instead of libreoffice, an old version of nginx, clang, etc and ...
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Which linux distro ships unaltered GNOME 3.1x

I tried the GNOME 3.14 promo DVD. Unfortunately it did not offer the option to install it. I would like to install the latest version of GNOME that ships in a Linux distribution, which I suppose is ...
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Live USB with just X-Forwarding and SSH abilities

I have a few programming classes at school (we're learning Python) where we use rather old hardware. They run Windows XP, and usually they all somehow have a few issues (no HDD at boot, unexpected ...
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Is there a very small version of Linux which could be filled to own wish?

Is there a mini-Linux, which would be just practically terminal prompt and you could install environment on your own? Including programs, plugins, drivers, DE (desktop environment)? I'm currently ...
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Any Linux distribution with GNUstep?

As a Mac-dominant user I was looking at Cocoa again and that made me think about GNUstep, GNU's implementation of (what was once) the same platform. I noticed that neither Ubuntu nor SUSE came with ...
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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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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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Which USB distributions may fit as notebook/development/demonstration platforms? [closed]

I want to build a (very) nomad work platform and I don't want it to be on the cloud but on a USB drive. (I know I will have to create backups and/or disk images to make it USB disk failure proof.) I ...
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Linux distribution for a new user [closed]

I am a Windows user, and I would like to try Linux. I only have heard about Ubuntu, but I see even Ubuntu have many "sub-choices". Which distribution would be the best for me.
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Which distributions can have a network installation started from a floppy?

Suppose I have computer with no USB boot option; no CD/DVD drive; an unformatted HDD; and a working connection to the Internet (via a local network segment with a DHCP server etc)... and an FDD. Can ...
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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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How to choose the adequate Linux distribution for a given hardware set up? [closed]

We all have a common issue whereby there is an old PC lying around and we want to revive it using a secure Linux distro (vs. using the un-updated native OS, likely Windows) that is both user-friendly ...
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Are there any Linux distributions that focus on binary backward compatibility?

If you build an executable that works on a current version of Windows, that executable will probably work for many years on newer versions of Windows. Microsoft works very hard to ensure this. With ...
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Linux distribution for old laptop [closed]

I want to install a new Linux distribution on my old ThinkPad 600x laptop: Pentium 3 500MHz processor 448MB RAM 4MB graphics memory around 20GB HDD CD-ROM drive WiFi card on PCMCIA I want a fast, ...
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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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Most lightweight distro that runs LibreOffice Writer

I've got an old PC with a 400 Mhz CPU and 256 Mb RAM. I just need to run LibreOffice Writer on it (or another word processor that opens .doc just as good, no Abiword). I'm looking for a light distro ...
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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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What is a good distribution to use that is similar to Amazon Linux [closed]

I'm running the "Amazon Linux" OS/distro in production on EC2, But I'd like to do some local development/testing with VirtualBox VMs. What would be a good distribution to use that is most like Amazon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to know in which distribution is present one command [closed]

How can I know the Linux distribution of the command? For example, lscpu command Is there any place with a matrix (distribution, commands)?
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Linux Mint advantages [closed]

recently a co-worker told me about his USB - bootable Linux Mint pendrive machine and I got interested in Linux Mint. As I am using mainly Ubuntu and ArchLinux I have to ask, is there any reasonable ...
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100% open source linux distro

Do 100% open source linux distro's exist? i.e. distros which contain absolutely no closed source components anywhere at all? Apparently distros like Ubuntu contains bits and pieces which are closed ...
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Choosing distro for old PC, any compatibility issue to look out for?

So I need to install an OS on a quite old PC. 1.6GHz CPU, 512 RAM. I had no idea about this earlier today, so I tried to install ElementaryOS (12.04 Ubuntu derivative). GUI was useless, so I switched ...
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Is there a Lubuntu, Centos equvialent…Centos that runs lxde out of the box?

Are there any CentOS distros that run LXDE out of the box? I want to use CentOS for a server I'm throwing together instead of Ubuntu, but I want to be able to run LXDE as the system I'm using has ...
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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 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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Make minimal linux disk live

I was wondering if anyone had a minimal Linux system with nothing but the bare minimum to boot. Is there any tutorials on the web, I couldn't seem to find any.
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Which Linux can I install from Windows? (but not Ubuntu)

I have an old laptop, currently running Windows, but extremely slowly. I want to install Linux on it, probably a distro like Puppy, which plays well with low resources. But just about any distro ...
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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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Linux distribution geared towards developers [closed]

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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Linux distribution for the AMD Geode LX 800 (i586) [closed]

The manufacturer recommendfs RH9 (ugh) and many of the google search hits come up with comments from 2006/7 which detail xorg problems with the AMD video driver and I'm hoping someone here has had ...
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How do you choose a distribution? [closed]

I'm currently looking at putting a Linux (although BSD is still an option) distribution on my old laptop. However, I'm not sure how to wade through all of my options - rolling releases versus not, ...
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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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Support for old network cards in lightweight distros?

I'm planning to revive and old desk pc, but it is hard for me to choose a distro. My problem is to find a distro that has a good support for old hardware, especially of network cards for wireless ...
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Arguments against Ubuntu? [closed]

As someone who's been using Ubuntu for a couple of years now both in production and at home, when seeking answers to certain administrative questions for my systems, I often hear the "that's what you ...
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Where on the Web can I find a comprehensive list of rolling-release Linux distros?

I'm asking as I've looked for such & can't find a comprehensive list. Feel free to post any less-well-known rolling distros, but I'm really looking for a comprehensive list. I'm thinking of ...
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What is a free, small Unix/Linux OS? [closed]

I have a spare machine with an 80GB HDD and 512 MB RAM. I want to try a Linux distro that's very small (and free too). What should I try?