Linux comes in the form of many different distributions.

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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 goes into a Linux distribution?

My understanding of Linux distributions is that: They are operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and most have default desktop environments, something that is not in the Linux kernel. Fedora ...
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How can I install Arch Linux on a Laptop with Intel GMA 4500 MHD?

I would like to install Arch Linux on my Acer TravelMate 5735Z. Sadly, it has a Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphic card. This means, I suffer from Kernel Bug [GM45] black screen at boot (0 backlight?). When ...
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What makes a distribution GNU and are there Linux distributions, that are not GNU? [duplicate]

So GNU/Linux is an operation system, consisting of several programs at a minimum: Linux kenel, gcc, gnu-binutils, Gnome desktop, etc. What makes a Linux distribution GNU? Is it the tools, with which ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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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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How can I reliably get the operating system's name?

Say I am logged into a remote system, how can I know what it's running? On most modern Linuxes (Linuces?), you have the lsb_release command: $ lsb_release -ic Distributor ID: LinuxMint Codename: ...
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Random bug in Linux

Some time ago, I remember reading an article on randomization in computing, and how random you can actually get a system to be. The article came about, if I'm not mistaken, because of some seemingly ...
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Swap separation for multiple distributions [duplicate]

I have 3 Linux distributions on my machine (Ubuntu, Arch and Fedora). I allocated half the RAM size (3GB) as swap for each of them. (I have realized that having 3 distributions is not of much use to ...
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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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How to adapt a Linux like fedora, ubuntu etc. to make my own linux distro? [duplicate]

I want to make my own Linux distro. Now what I want to change is, "its logo", "wallpapers", "Browser", and add some Backtrack tools to it, etc. How can I do this?
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Lightweight Linux to host VM

We're looking for a rather lightweight, but at the same time easy to configure Linux distribution, which would have just one job - to host a VM - one at a time (others would be just stored there). At ...
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How to replicate a currently installed Linux system as an installation CD?

I have an installation of Ubuntu 13.04 which I have customized to be just the way I want it (default applications, user accounts, desktop environment settings, ...). Now, I want to be able to ...
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How to easily build your own Linux Distro? [duplicate]

I wanted to have a go at creating my very own Linux Distribution. Could you suggest some nice and easy-to-follow tutorials (preferably text based and not videos). I have heard something about Arch ...
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How to make mk809III run linux like picuntu?

I bought a mini pc Android stick called "mk809 III" which is quad core and has 2 gig's of ram. I want to make it as my web server with Apache and MySql, to do this I got to install some linux distro ...
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Linux distro with PREEMPT_RT patch

I want to know if there is any Linux distribution with PREEMPT_RT kernel patch? If not, is there any good tutorial on how to patch and compile a kernel with RT patch and how can I create kind of a ...
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How to get differences between different distributions of linux

I tried out Red Hat, Ubuntu, Kali Linux. While working on them I searched for the difference between the distributions of Linux. One thing I got was the difference in Package Management, (.rpm and ...
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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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How can I check whether I have installed non-free software?

I'm thinking of a program which would scan packages and report some statistics about them - and report all packages that contain non-free software. It would of course have to include kernel modules, ...
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Where are all the Debian ISOs?

I am downloading ISOs for the "wheezy" distribution of Debian Linux for an old AMD box without any Internet. However, the index at http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.1.0/i386/iso-cd/ only lists the ...
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Equivalent of these commands in the following distros [closed]

These commands: dpkg -i apt-get install apt-get update apt-get remove apt-get dist-upgrade apt-get purge in these distros: Opensuse, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch, Slackware.
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Linux-distro with built-in Xen?

Are there any Linux-distros with Xen "built-in" and ready to act as host for virtual-computer out-of-the-box? Alternatively, distros where you can easily select "Xen-host" as an install option? I'm ...
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Creating a User-less Distro

One of the popular programs I use is GParted, and it has its own custom distro, that boots straight to the desktop, and starts the program. I couldn't find any information on creating such a distro. I ...
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Is floating-point arithmetic distro dependant?

I came across an article in Ars Technica about Raspbian that said the primary interest of the developers of it was that they wanted an OS with fully optimized for its floating-point unit, and since ...
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How-to diff distributions?

I am using a Raspberry Pi. There seem to be all kinds of linux distributions, all in .img Format that I use Win32DiskImager for to burn to SD-card. How do I find out, which files were changed(some ...
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Firewall distro to share bandwidth evenly between connected users

I'll first describe my situation. I have a network made by a central x86 server/firewall, 5 access points and 2 unmanaged routers in between. 20 Mbits download and 1 Mbit upload ADSL. Upload is ...
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Debian's ReportBug equivalent on Fedora/Gnome?

When I was using Debian, there was a tool called "ReportBug" - or something like that. Ironically, the tool itself was probably the buggiest program I have ever used. I was never, ever actually able ...
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Free gnu/linux distribution for web server [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone has tried using any 100% free software distro as server OS. Either directly on hardware or through a virtual machine. What where the most important shortcomings? I came ...
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Crunchbang as an optimal OS?

I have a small netbook that I've been using for all of my learning to program/learning to *nix needs. It is pretty underpowered (1gb RAM, 1.66hz processor) and has a dire battery life (under an hour ...
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How to create a customized distribution based on Debian?

I need to create a network with a small group of users. I thought about using Debian distro within computers. To automate it, I searched for automatic installation and customization tools for Linux ...
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Which linux distros have GNOME as the default desktop manager?

Where can I find which distros have GNOME as the default desktop manager? Personaly I don't need a comprehensive list.
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Linux distro to run a MIDI-server on a PII 333 MHz

I am looking for a Linux distro that can be used to redirect MIDI message from the network to the soundboard a TurtleBeach Montego from 1997. Currently the computer is running Windows 98 se and I get ...
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Linux distrib with apache and mysql pre installed [closed]

Is there a Linux distro with apache and mysql pre installed? I just want a light and fast installation of apache + mysql + ftp server + phpmyadmin
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Figure out which distro I'm using with Zsh script [duplicate]

I'm making a script that installs some basic needs of mine on my newly installed Linux. However depending on the Linux distro the contents and commands would be different. In Arch Linux I would use ...
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Can anyone help me finding a simple *nix distro that can run Wine

I am looking a distro of either Linux or Unix, that is so very limited that I don't even need a desktop or any applications, it's only use would be to run wine. I actually would prefer it didn't ...
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Changing the defult directory structure

If I start a new distro (e.g. LFS): How can I change the directory structure? What should I expect after it's ready? (probably can't install most of the packages without modification, right? But, ...
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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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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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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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Getting contradictory information regarding the linux distribution

I wanted to check which linux distribution is running on a remote linux box given to me .i have see this answer on super user which says that LSB tools provide this information And then it goes ...
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help with making the move from Win to Linux [closed]

This will be a looong "question" not because I intend to make it like this but because the more I learn about Linux the more complex it seems to become for me to figure out which Linux distro, and/or ...
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Is there a tool/website to compare package status in different Linux distributions?

I am currently looking for a website or a tool that would allow me to compare the package state of a particular software in different Linux distributions. For instance, which version of gimp is ...
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Should I clean up the home directory prior installing a new distribution?

I'm used to keep all my files in my /home directory after whiping out my root / device and reinstalling distributions. This is pretty handy as all private files and personal settings are kept after ...
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How to create a Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you properly fork a Linux distro? I'm currently working on a projet of my own which is creating a Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi. The fact is : It's the ...
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Where did Redhat derive from?

Where did Redhat derive from? Did it derive directly from Linus Torvaldis linux distro (2 years earlier) or did it have roots in BSD or System-V ?? I am just wondering how to classify Redhat in the ...
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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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What makes a Linux Distribution “Enterprise”?

Well just as the title states, id like to know what makes a Linux Distribution "Enterprise" compared to another Non-Enterprise Distros.
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Why no other distros/spins based on openSuSE?

So... I've been looking at 'returning' to openSuSE after a long absence (parted ways back in the 7.x/8x time frame). One thing that kind of jumped out at me all of a sudden was that for a relatively ...
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Linux without any distribution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to install the linux kernel alone? I had watched the documentary Revolution OS and there is a basic operating System by GNU and the kernel by Linux. Then ...
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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, ...