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Linux comes in the form of many different distributions.

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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 ...
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Finding out what Linux I'm running [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash: Get Distribution Name and Version Number Is there any consistent way of determining the Linux Distribution / Release that a machine is running if you don't already ...
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What does it mean that a distro is “based on” another distro?

Ubuntu is based on Debian. Mint is based on Ubuntu (except for Linux Mint Debian Edition, which is based on Debian.) When one distro is based on another, in what ways is it different from the parent ...
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What is the Linux distro ranking based on number of packages?

I am looking for hard data for at least top 10 Linux distro or (better) an address of a web page which keeps such data and (maybe) updates it from time to time (after all repositories are public to ...
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How to make those old-school GUIs (like the debian/arch installer)

I've been doing a lot of installs lately, and when possible I usually opt for the text install from the Live CD's GRUB menu. Most installers looks like this: I always thought these GUIs (if you can ...
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Are there any problems if I install an old version of a Linux distro?

I've got a computer with 512 MB of RAM, and a 50 GB hard disk. Question: will I have any problems if I install an old version of Ubuntu, Knoppix, or any other distro? For example: may I have any ...
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Is there a Linux distro compiled with clang/llvm?

Is there a Linux distro compiled with clang/llvm? It looks like as of late 2010 the kernel was working. If not, would it be more likely to be a technical or licensing issue?
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Is there a web site to search in the file contents of default installations of different linux distributions?

The text string "Network services, Internet style" is found in the first line of the file /etc/services on a computer running Ubuntu 11.04 erik@laptop:~$ head -1 /etc/services # Network services, ...
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Which linux distro's package repositories are secure and which are not?

Most distro's I know have some kind of repository functionality where new packages could be downloaded after installation. Which distros do this in a secure way and which doesn't do this in a secure ...
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Classification of Linux distributions

What criteria distinguishes various distributions of Linux, such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE? In other words, given a release of a Linux OS, what features mean it is classified into one ...
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Kernels of different distributions of Unix and of Linux

I have heard that different distributions of Linux have the same Linux kernel up to that the Linux kernels may be in different versions. Do different distributions of Unix also share the same kernel ...
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Distrowatch mistake?

Why does Distrowatch state that Red Hat is Fedora based and Fedora is independent when Fedora's history page indicates that's not the case? Am I misunderstanding, or is Distrowatch wrong?
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A Live CD distro for getting data off a NTFS partition without X Windows

The Windows partition on my laptop seems to refuse to boot, and since I lack the original install CD, I was thinking of installing my preferred Linux distro, Arch on it. I want to recover data off ...
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Advantages of Debian over Ubuntu

What are the main advantages of using Debian instead of Ubuntu?
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Which distro should I switch to?

I've been an Ubuntu user for quite a few years now. However, with the recent release of Gnome 3, and with Ubuntu not going to include it by default, instead including its own customizations (such as ...
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Why don't Gnome or KDE produce their own distribution (or other desktop projects for that matter)?

When I think of the recent debacle where Canonical and Gnome disagreed and each went their own way in terms of producing a new desktop, I wonder: Why doesn't a desktop project like Gnome produce its ...
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minimal graphic requirements linux distribution

Which modern distribuition of linux has minimal graphic requirements? My graphic card has only 64MB of memory.
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GPG check regarding packages on various distributions

It's ok that the various linux distributions use gpg to verify e.g. new packages downloaded with http. But what happens if the server that holds the packages gets hacked? OK, they need a new gpg key, ...
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How to determine distribution from command line? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash: Get Distribution Name and Version Number Given (root) access to a machine with Linux through the command line(over ssh), how can I determine which distribution is ...
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How to start a new Linux distro?

Some of my friends and I are interested in starting a new Linux distro. How do we do that? What do we need to plan? Backstory I represent a community of Linux sysadmins/implementors whose special ...
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Looking for a distro with GUI fit for Windows 98 PCs

I have a Windows 98 computer that we still use (the hardware works just fine, but Windows is becoming a bit flaky and I'd rather go problem hunting and solving with Linux rather than Win98). I'm ...
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Turning an old computer into a network firewall

I have an old Dell Dimension with two ethernet cards, and I need to turn it into a firewall. I've tried FireStarter and IPCop, but I don't think I'm setting them up right. Here's the setup that I'm ...
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Why does one linux distro run hotter than another on laptop?

I had been using Arch Linux 64 bit on a Gateway P6860FX for about two years, and recently switched to Ubuntu (also 64 bit). When I type on the keyboard, my left hand feels a lot more warmth than ...
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What Linux distribution(s) contribute the most development to the GNOME project?

If I plan to contribute to the GNOME project, am I advised to use THAT distribution as my primary development platform or does my choice remain a simple matter of taste? EDIT: I'm a Linux user and my ...
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Recommend a Linux Distribution for my use

I have no experience with Linux. I'm looking for a distribution which is beginner friendly. Ubuntu looks great. My usage for this system will include web development, and possibly application ...
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Best distro for USB [closed]

What would be the best distro for running off a USB, tried with ubuntu but it was too slow because of I/O. Would it be possible to run it from memory so it it's faster or would that make initial ...
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Open Source router firmware options?

What distro's exist that are designed for routers? Please include the following link to the project page link to supported hardware list what distinguishes them, why pick this option friendly web ...
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What distro for an old HP (Celeron/384MB)

An old HP desktop just came my way for service. Was running XP, but the install is trashed. User would like to switch to Linux, but the box it's only a 950mhz Celeron with 384MB RAM. It does have a ...
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Small apt based linux

I want to setup some VMs running as small a Linux as I can. The criteria: Package system based on Apt. Runs some GUI ( can be very small ). Runs in as little ram as possible: in this context 64M is ...
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Distro- lightweight and easy to install

Ubuntu was too slow on my computer and Arch installation had many problems too. Which distro do you recommend to me that's lightweight as well as easy to install?
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Easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro

I need easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro. By troubleshooting I mean that it should not have nothing fancy (X is used o display gparted etc.) but should have access to file ...
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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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Would anyone like to help me start a Wikipedia page “List of rolling release Linux Distribustions”? [closed]

I can't find a definitive list of rolling distros any where on the web. DistroWatch doesn't have one, though I posted a comment suggesting they add such or label rolling releases and the type of ...
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What Linux distro would you recommend for a big all-purpose LiveUSB?

I am about to buy a 2TB hard drive to have all my scrap in one place. I will split it to some partitions one to store my data, and others to store OS distros and bootable OSes like WinPE and Linux. ...
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Minimal Command Line Distro

So, I want to have a VM of a very minimal x86 Linux install, with networking support so I can download packages. All this VM is going to be used for is to learn NASM assembly, since all of the other ...
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Which minimal but extendable Linux distribution to choose

I need an extendable Linux distribution which I can easily reduce in size so much that it fits into a 64 mb CF card. In this stripped version it will run on a Via C7 and needed is Kernel, ...
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Can I alter my Fedora LVM LV to install a new distro as a dual-boot?

My question is almost a duplicate of this question, but not quite because that one is about ext3 and I am already using LVM. I have an older HP Pavilion laptop running Fedora 11. I chose Fedora ...
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Rosetta Stone for Linux Distributions?

Is there is something like a Rosetta Stone for the different Linux Distributions? Perhaps a site where you can look up a commands, configuration files or problem solutions for a specific task ...
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How do free software companies make money?

How do companies that provide free (as in beer) software make money? I'm thinking of things like Linux distros, as some even provide free overseas shipping!
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What's a good lightweight distribution to run on old hardware?

I need run a good Linux distribution on an old notebook with Athlon 1.2 and 128MB. I tried use a lite version of Win XP and some popular Linux distros but all of them was too heavy to this machine. ...
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Could you share a link to a good catalogue of Linux distros to choose? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you choose a distribution? I'd like to see a list of all the Linux distros by their mission (like generic, firewall, mail server, free-only, enterprise, virtual ...
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LiveCD web browser distro

I'm not too familiar with Linux, but hope it may be ideal for this situation. I'm hoping there is a boot from CD style distro that will be ideal for my daughter to use solely for browsing the ...
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Attempts to unify Linux and other free Unix?

It's such a pain when you don't know what distribution to choose. It's such a waste of time and effort for developers to port stuff from one distribution to another. It makes Linux/Unix more ...
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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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Oldest Linux machine you still run

What is your oldest machine you ever installed Linux on and currently still run? What are the specs, kernel version or distro, and for what purpose?
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What distributions have rolling releases? [closed]

I was browsing DistroWatch and was looking for a list of distributions that offer rolling releases and a little bit more about them. However, it doesn't seem to be possible to select only the rolling ...
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Which Linux distributions have highest install-base as of mid-2010? [closed]

Which Linux distributions have the most installed machines? What is the distribution in terms of distro, architecture, and version? e.g. Ubuntu vs. RHEL vs. SUSE vs. Fedora vs. CentOS vs. Arch ...