Linux comes in the form of many different distributions.

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How universal is sudo?

I was writing some instructions on how to install something (TeX-related - if you don't ask, I won't ruin your day by supplying more details) and used sudo to install system-wide. Someone commented ...
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Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?

Just curious. The title says it all: Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?
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Are there websites that allow one to search for which package contains a particular file?

I want to write some generic instructions on how to find the package that installs a particular file (the exact context is TeX packages: find the package in the Unix distribution that contains a ...
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Understanding different Linux Distros

I'm having a little bit of confusion when understanding linux based OS's. When I download the newest version of Mint and Ubuntu, aren't they the "same" at their core (kernel)? It just seems that they ...
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Identifying the system package manager

Is there a way (from a script) to identify the default system package manager? To clarify, what I want to do is run a given command and, on Debian or any of its derivatives it'll return something ...
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What are the ways of making your own linux distro?

I have customized my linux to a great extent to meet my specific needs. I want to make a bootable DVD out of it, which I can install on whichever system I wish. I have heard of a tool called ...
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Build complete Distro with LFS

I want to build distro from source with LFS. Which include default third party tools & tools from different Linux distro. I have following questions: Can I build with LFS? Using LFS can I make ...
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Regarding the server distributions

I am confused as to what defines a "server" distribution against a normal, desktop distribution. What I mean is that if you wanted a corporate server, you might be able to pick just about any linux ...
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'Distribution' to install in home directory (on older Linux) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-Root Package Managers I'm stuck with a pretty old Linux distribution at work (Centos 5.4 from the end of 2009), and also don't have root access. If I want to use ...
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Multiple distros in VM with encrypted disk

I want to have a GNU/Linux setup on my computer, where I could use different distributions and isolated environments inside an operating system-level virtual machine. Then I also want to share my ...
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Changing linux distro remotely while preserving data

I have a headless Fedora 15 (without GUI) box. With the following partition structure: $ df -T -h Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs rootfs 49G 2.8G 46G 6% / ...
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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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I installed Linux Mint 13 Maya (MATE) 64 bit, what should I choose when asked between Ubuntu, Fedora, etc?

Every other download for Linux, I'm being asked what distribution I have (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian etc) What should I choose having installed Linux Mint 13 Maya (MATE) 64 bit?
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What are the main differences between those linux distro vs general daily linux we use?

In one hand i have general daily linux: Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux/Ubuntu. On other hand i have following: eCos FreeRTOS BuildRoot RTEMS openembedded uCLinux Did anyone used those uncommon linux ...
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What package managers do popular Unix Distributions Use? [closed]

I am creating a Script and I need to know what package manager each Popular Unix Distribution Uses (especially those distros that are commonly-used for Servers)... I mean: Debian uses apt-get Fedora ...
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Which Linux distribution should I use for a Web server? [closed]

I'm going to set up a webserver at home, but I'm not sure what dist I should use. I have used Linux before but I'm not a proffesional. I've been reading about the differences between some of the ...
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Choose kernel for specific hardware

I have old system with an AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz processor and [SiS] 65x/M650/740 graphics (output from lspci). Recently I discovered on a german ubuntu page that since version 10.10 some older ...
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Linux flavor for beginners

I bought a new notebook (HP Probook 4530s - i5, 4gb RAM) which has just DOS on it. The idea is to install a flavor of Linux which can serve as an alternative to Windows for my regular work (software ...
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GNU/Linux distribution for network virus || malware identification

I'm looking for a GNU/Linux distro that I can install in transparent setup to look for infected hosts on a LAN. I don't need to stop viruses and malwares but only identify them and the host where they ...
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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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Suggest me a distro “beetwen debian and ubuntu”? [closed]

I need to install a linux distribution; i like the distro debian-like. I used to use ubuntu, i tryied the new version..it seems to me to be a fake of Mac OS...something just to let you say: yeee i ...
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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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Keeping track of the latest releases

How do people keep a track of the latest softwares being released? Let me say a distro group like slackware. A distro has ~25K+ packages and about a score of people involved. I hardly think these ...
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Why do most distros (other than Debian) recommend/require a full reinstall when upgrading to a new version?

Having spent most of my Linux life using Debian, I'm been having a look at other distros and am really surprised at extent to which they don't provide a smooth upgrade between versions. Debian is ...
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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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Wait for Linux Mint 13 or install Linux Mint Debian version?

I have been using Linux Mint 12 with Gnome 3 and I'm very happy with it except about the fact that it get very slow software updates, hoping that Linux Mint 13 will have Gnome 3.4 and Linux kernel 3.2 ...
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Am I in the right direction for a linux os?

I compiled the linux kernel by downloading it from kernel.org, put it on my desktop, and opened up terminal. I changed to the linux-3.2.13 folder, typed mr proper. Then I use "make menuconfig" to ...
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Setting up a minimal apt-get environment

I would like to set up a minimal environment with apt-get then selectively install packages one at a time. My understanding is that this is basically what the Debian installer does. Is this ...
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How do you properly fork a Linux distro?

I was wondering, how one would go about creating a Linux distro. LFS seems like overkill, I would rather fork an existing distro. I know there are several "respin" applications, but these only seem to ...
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Does brand/hardware limit the distributions that are safe to run?

I recently tried running Fedora 16 on my laptop and had problems with the fan. In particular, the fan would start, run at full power, and never turn off. I spent a few hours online looking for ...
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How do I search for Linux distro build tools?

After having worked through Linux From Scratch, I get the eerie feeling that in practice, this is not how new distros are built. How do I search for tools that other distributions are built with? Is ...
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Is linux.org still maintaining their OS? Who's using it?

There are many distributions of linux, so is linux.org still maintaining their orginal OS? If yes, then why use it when you can get Ubuntu, Debian, Centos, etc?
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Why doesn't uname -a return a useful identifier

I typed the command uname -a into my college's server and got this: 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5 #1 SMP Tue Sep 6 20:14:03 EDT 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux Are they trying to hide the version of Linux that ...
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Any relatively new binary distro causes kernel panics

I'm having trouble using any relatively new binary distro on this machine. The last binary distro to work without issue was Ubuntu 8.04. I'm currently using Gentoo with the latest 3.2.1 kernel and ...
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How to install Vinux on a mac?

I have no experience with Linux, nor with installing any OS in any other way then just putting a CD-ROM in a computer and following instructions. To get some more insight into how operating systems ...
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How can I tell whether a build is Debian-based?

I'm starting to work with a box that has a custom (small) Linux build on it. How can I tell whether this is a Debian or Red Hat-based build? This is what I know so far: $ cat /proc/version Linux ...
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How to port printer settings between different distributions?

My wife's netbook has two distributions installed on it: OpenSUSE 11.4, which she no longer uses much, and Debian testing. The only reason why OpenSUSE is still installed is that, for some odd ...
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What are some options for lightweight distros, specifically for virtulization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which Linux distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines? I've been using Linux for a year or two full time. I do a lot of programming, and I'm pretty good ...
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Which Linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or preinstalled?

Which linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or preinstalled with the OS? Being a visually impaired nerd, I'd like to gain experience on as many platforms ...
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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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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 does Arch Linux offer?

I use Macs, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Fedora for different purposes. I'm fairly busy and trying out a new distro takes a lot of time, but I hear lots of good things about Arch Linux from people I ...
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Is Debian stable a rolling release?

The question is really that simple: is Debian stable a rolling release? If it's not a rolling release type OS, does a rolling release distro exist which is based on Debian stable? I know Debian ...
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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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Are there any Linux Distro that features a Tiling Window Manager as main WM?

I'm a great fan of Tiling Window Managers, but It's odd that I couldn't find any Linux Distro that features one as main WM. For example, Crunchbang features OpenBox, Bodhi features E17, so... wich ...
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Understanding Linux executable formats and software distribution packages

This kind of question might've already been beaten to death. If so, I'm sorry for beating it some more. I am having trouble understanding Linux executable formats and software distribution packages. ...
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Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux all are open source linux, but what about when i want to make my own brand from that?

I have used Fedora/Ubuntu/CentOS all of them, and they are open source linux, free to all users and free to do almost anything. But i do not get this correctly yet. They are open source, and they ...
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How to write a script that effectively determines distro name?

I saw this post on all the different ways to find out what distro is installed, so I'm trying to write a script that tries them all. The possible commands include: $ cat /etc/lsb-release $ cat ...
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How do I check if a distribution is Fedora-based?

The Python M2Crypto library requires a slightly different installation command if the Linux distribution is Fedora-core based (e.g., Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux). Is there a way to check ...
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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 ...