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Maximum security unix distro [on hold]

Are there any major differences between Qubes and Tails? (other than using VM for applications by qubes) Which distribution (not limited to these two) would you consider as most secure, and why?
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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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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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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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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

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?

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?
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Long(est) security update support for stable GNU/Linux distributions?

Which a) FLOSS b) stable (= not rolling release) c) desktop GNU/Linux distributions have a long security update support? Of course it’s interesting which distro has the longest support, but 2nd, 3rd ...
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Good distribution for Gnome shell

With Ubuntu pushing Unity, what distribution would you recommend if I just want to run Gnome 3 with the new Gnome shell? Personally, I'm interested in distributions which have the polish and support ...
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Are there any Linux distros aimed specifically at being Linux tutorials?

Are there any Linux distributions that come pre-loaded with hands-on, guided tutorials or other learning software aimed at teaching a new user how to work with Linux? I'm aware that some distros are ...
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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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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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Any Linux Distros that may work well with intel 965gm gpu? [closed]

My mom's laptop had ubuntu 12.04 32bit and now 13.10. But they both are extremely slow. makes windows xp look super fast. (which was on it before) on askubuntu they said the gpu is the issue. ...
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Minimal Linux distribution for compiling C programs [closed]

What would be the Linux distribution that is minimal? Just enough to run eclipse and the c/c++ compiler. This Linux will be installed on a VM so I don't want to have a full loaded distribution. What ...
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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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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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Distro for low-RAM with most recent package versions [duplicate]

Are there any distros that are designed to make a wide range of very recent (unstable) packages available on low-RAM systems?
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Low-RAM Linux Distro Specifically for serving static sites [closed]

I'm looking for a near-zero-configuration linux distro that is designed specifically for serving static web sites and nothing else on a low-RAM machine (I'm planning on 128MB, but the option of less ...
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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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Cleanest way to use a smartphone as a conventional linux workstation

I have a GT-S5830 Samsung smartphone with Android 2.xxx, that I am not using as a phone. It would be nice if the device could be used as a wifi repeater. Unfortunately, this is impossible or not ...
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Want to dual boot MBP with Linux [duplicate]

I just upgraded to a 1tb HDD in my MacBook Pro (non-retina) and would like to dual boot from OS X to a linux distro. I'd like to find out a few things so I can be better prepared and informed for ...
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Linux/Unix variant for training system administrators

Is there a Linux/Unix based operating system used for training sysadmins? Some bugs would be deliberately included in the system and the training candidate is supposed to solve all of them. It should ...