Linux comes in the form of many different distributions.

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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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How can I get distribution name and version number in a simple shell script?

I'm working on a simple bash script that should be able to run on Ubuntu and CentOS distributions (support for Debian and Fedora/RHEL would be a plus) and I need to know the name and version of the ...
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Who pays for the storage and bandwidth of repositories?

When I do a yum update or apt-get update, my machine is hitting several servers and downloading several packages. I would imagine that those servers are handling millions of similar requests on a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Advantages of Debian over Ubuntu

What are the main advantages of using Debian instead of Ubuntu?
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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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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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Distros that support compiling from source

A long time ago I used to use FreeBSD with its ports system and after that Gentoo for portage in order to install applications via compiling from source. I did this in order to directly target my ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should I expect if I switch from Ubuntu to openSuse

As probably most of you I have been long using Ubuntu. I'm not an expert, but I have been using different distros until I settled with Ubuntu. I started using SuSE 5.x, Conectiva (that later became ...
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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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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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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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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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Best distro for programming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distribution geared towards developers I don't know if this question qualifies to be a question to be asked here. But can anyone tell me what's the best (linux) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...