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Modern OS on Ancient Hardware (i486SX, 8 MB of RAM)

I recently acquired an old Packard Bell machine with 8 MB of RAM and an Intel 486SX. I need to put an OS on that hardware. I know that FreeDOS might run on this system, but naturally, I am not nearly ...
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System ran out of memory during MX Linux installation

Hardware specs : Product Name HP ProBook 430 G4 Processor 1 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U CPU @ 2.50GHz (x86) Memory Size 4096 MB System BIOS P85 Ver. 01.03 12/05/2016 Serial Number ...
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Running Linux for development: pros and cons of VM vs docker desktop? [closed]

My main workmachines these days are an iMac and a Macbook, because I work as a mobile app dev and for building iOS apps, you need a Mac system. That said, for the sake of fun and knowledge, I want to ...
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Performant distro for development & personal use [closed]

Background I'm using Ubuntu 20.04. Laptop specs: Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4510U CPU @ 2.00 GHz × 4 Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2) 8 GB of RAM OS type: 64-bit Windowing System: X11 ...
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Lightweight Modern Distro for Atom Machine?

With all the distros out there, I'm not up to date on which does what. I have an old Atom D2500 box that I want to get going. It's currently running CentOS8 but that lineage is terminated. So I've ...
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Linux without bash [closed]

I'm not new in Linux world but I never liked Bash. Generally for me programming is an art and I'm very sensitive to the language syntax. When I have to work with bash, it feels like I'm writing in ...
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Linux distribution without GUI for start an app on boot

I'm new to embedded systems/softwares and wanted to develop a video player for my PI that runs when it starts. Something like Kodi or LibreELEC. The question I am now asking myself is that is there a ...
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Are there Linux distributions designed for the 'mobile computing' use case in 2021?

In 2021 are there any linux distributions that succeed at delivering the basics of a 'mobile computing' use case for aftermarket installation on a laptop. I consider a minimum 'mobile computing' ...
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Oracle Linux or Ubuntu Server as a hypervisor?

I own a HP Proliant DL380 Rack Server. I would like to use it as a hypervisor for a production environment. I was thiking of installing CentOS with KVM on it, but unfortunately CentOS is not realiable ...
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I need a Linux GUI distro which is lightweight and supports Python 3.7+

I am in search of a Linux "GUI" distro which also has python the distro must be under these criterion: 1. Be able to run on Virtual Box 2. ISO under 250mb 3. Total OS disk space: below 2.5gb ...
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How can I install Linux OS on my new Windows laptop? [closed]

I am so eager to start using Linux on my new windows laptop. But I know no where to start. In summary, I know some basic command which are being used in linux operating system such as sudo, su, ...
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Linux distribution with most programming tools installed [closed]

Which is the Linux distribution with the greatest number of programming languages and tools installed by default?
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Is there a distribution for a web server with control panel?

I don't know much about Linux but want to set up a web server and I have searched but can't find a Linux distribution which sets you up a fully functional web server with control panel. I have seen ...
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Recommended CLI-only programming environment?

I wish to learn and program within a Unix-like OS without a GUI. I'm aware every distribution has a text-only version, but which one is more supportive of this use? Ideally this would involve ...
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USB-hosted distro with selective persistence

I really like Tails. Specifically, I like that I start with a fresh, clean OS each time I boot up from USB and that it let's me choose what persists, so that I can have software that persists, but ...
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Which Linux distribution to use on 32 bit processor [closed]

I have a Lenovo G580 model bought in year 2013. It has a 32 bit processor. I want to know which distribution of Linux will work perfectly on this machine.
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Input lag with R-Go Split Break Ergonomic Keyboard

I'm experiencing input lag on Ubuntu 20.04 with the R-Go Split Break Ergonomic Keyboard. An amazon reviewer [1] points to the fact that this problem does not occur on all linux distributions. Is ...
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What would be the most quick-installing and quick-booting desktop Linux for use in a VM exclusively for bank stuff? [closed]

My bank has started harassing me by introducing "bugs" resulting in blank pages in Pale Moon. I thus cannot log in to it with Pale Moon, my only browser, anymore. I cannot install spyware ...
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FreeBSD packages on Linux distributions? Request for advices

When evaluating operating system for our next server, we have the following needs: An OS with a stable version of Python3 so that machine codes compiled from C/C++/etc. sources from our pip packages ...
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What distributions are there that package Plasma Bigscreen?

I recently found out about Plasma Bigscreen, but I can't really find any distributions that package it. The only thing I find is a prebuilt image for the Raspberry Pi 4, but I would like something ...
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Choosing linux as a base distro for a presentation project [PresenTux]

Greetings dear StackExchangers :) Basically, in short, this question will be about: if it's a good idea to use Yocto Linux as a basis for my idea (described here) or can you recommend me other distro ...
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What is the current, AD 2020, stat of difference between openSuSE and SuSE distros?

Can someone describe the current differences between SuSE and openSuSE. Is openSuSE just a clone of SuSE, just like CentOS made a clone of RedHat when RedHat went fully commercial? Note: before ...
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distro for beginner on old laptop (im reviveing my old laptops because i want to give them to people in need)

I'm a beginner, I know little to nothing about everything related to linux, I have a few old laptops and i'm looking for a distro which well be as easy to use as possible and in the same time as ...
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How to do a minimal installation of Linux manually? [closed]

I'm looking for a guide on how to manually install Linux... without the classic assisted setup... just by copying files from a source to a target media... and configuring the minimum required ...
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From where can I download 32 bit iso images of Arch Linux or Fedora

I just need to start learning linux OS. So as I have a old pc I need 32 bit images Is there 32 bit images available for 1) Fedora 2)Arch linux
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Linux Mint default partitioning: Useful for System Reinstallation?

When you install Linux Mint OS, you are offered to build one partition for both system and user files. LVM VG mint-vg, LV root as ext4 LVM VG mint-vg, LV swap_1 as Swap Partition 1 on SCSI1 (0,0,0) (...
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Bubsenlabs vs xubuntu

Linux Mint' cinnamon didn't work well on my virtual box. So now I am looking for something else. I came forward with two top reviews Xubuntu Bubsenlabs. Now as a beginner which is better for me ...
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Recommended Linux on 32 bit PC [closed]

I have a 32 bit PC with 3 GB RAM and 256 MB graphics memory. I wanted to start learning Linux, but the problem is finding the right distribution. I prefer to use Oracle VirtualBox. Ubuntu recently ...
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Linux kernel versions' capabilities in layman's terms

The attached picture details Linux kernel versions and their usage in Fedora, RHEL/CentOS, SLES, Ubuntu, and Debian. Can someone tell me in practical terms what users and/or administrators would be ...
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Distro to install on a PowerPC G4 after Debian dropped 32-bit PPC support

Debian dropped support for my PowerPC CPU. For this reason my security updates are now no longer granted and I am clearly not happy about that. Is there any distro out there that supports PowerPC ...
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How many binaries do I need to get 'reasonable' Linux coverage?

Sorry, completely opinion-based. Please let me know if I should be asking elsewhere. I have written some free-of-charge engineering software (command line, no graphics) which has to be distributed as ...
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Desktop/laptop user experience of different flavors

Would a desktop user see any big difference running Fedora or Ubuntu? I know that the package management is (still) different and that Ubuntu has abandoned Unity in favor of Gnome, so could it be ...
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Are there any distros that come with a prebuild DWM or EXWM install?

And if yes, how good* are they? I like to use Tiling Window Managers but I do not like to configure everything from scratch. I already use Manjaro-i3 and it is pretty nice. Right now I am interested ...
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Distribution without pre-installed software

I'm looking for minimal linux distribution without any pre-installed software. Examples of unwanted software: Libre Office, Games etc. I dont't need even Cheese for GNOME. I want something that just ...
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How to determine that we are Bodhi Linux or other branches when the ouput for $NAME is "Ubuntu"

On Bodhi linux, if I do this : . /etc/os-release echo $NAME the output is : "Ubuntu", this makes it extra hard to determine what is what for a script. and this will be important when calling apps ...
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Linux distribution for USB that works on 32/64 and on Mac [closed]

I'm looking for a Linux distribution that I can run from USB that works on almost every computer that I will encounter. I need this because I repair computers and want to run all kinds of tools. I ...
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Need desktop environment for kiosk like profile that can only run certain programs

I have a need for an extremely locked down desktop environment that would have three profiles School - Can only run Libreoffice and Firefox. When I say ONLY I mean ONLY - can't change any setting at ...
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Should I go for Debian Stable or Testing? [closed]

I've been using Debian Stable for 1 year. I like Debian for their Privacy Policy, no telemetry and security. Now I need to reinstall my distro and I want to go for security distro. I don't know ...
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What does LMDE 3 offer that plain Debian does not? [closed]

I'm currently running LMDE 2 and will upgrade to something newer in the next couple of days. When I first switched to Mint from pure Debian, the main reason for it was that I hated Gnome 3 and ...
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Running GNU/Linux on a tablet, as of November 2018 [closed]

There seems to be little information available about what distributions are able to operate tablets (tablet-computers). I'm specifically addressing 7in-10in "true" tablets, not hybrid laptops with ...
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Which linux distribution for first-time try? [closed]

I have 3 questions related to this topic! (Context below, you can skip directly to questions if you want) So, I've been wanting to install a Linux operating system on my laptop, but I'm unsure which ...
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Differences between Debian and Ubuntu going practical for a laptop [closed]

I would like to know the differences between Debian and Ubuntu besides the well known stability and package management or non-free policy. I'll try to proceed with order trying to not forget anything ...
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Which distros build the kernel with amdgpu southern islands support enabled?

Are there any linux distributions that ship with kernels all ready built with CONFIG_DRM_AMDGPU_SI=Y? Mainly I would rather not attempt to compile a kernel at the moment and I have a spare partition ...
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Which Linux distributions support full disk encryption (including /boot)?

Recently I came across many Linux distributions. Before that I've been always using OpenSUSE so some things apparently were quite obvious to me - for example that it's possible and quite easy to set ...
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Possible distros for Asus TinkerBoard [closed]

I just picked up an Asus TinkerBoard hoping to experiment with using it as a mobile development platform. Unfortunately I didn't read the fine print that the only two supported OSs are Asus-specific ...
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Any Distros Built for Layer 3 Switching / Routing?

I want to be able to have a decent router that can be highly configured and handle a fair amount of traffic while being secure. Before I spend money on some dedicated routing hardware/software, is it ...
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Kiosk Gui, but not limited to WebBrowsing

My need is simple: Make a Raspberry PI 3 thin client. For that, I need the following items to be achieved: A Kiosk mode software, that would not allow the user to change configurations A Kiosk mode ...
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Trying to run an old version of RedHat

For my PhD project, my supervisor has suggested to install this (old) mathematical software: http://www.gang.umass.edu/software/cmclab/index.html As you can see in the requirements, this software runs ...
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What are the diferences between server and workstation on Fedora?

I used to work with Fedora until F15 and later I saw there were three different flavors (workstation, server and atomic(?)). These versions are mutually exclusive? What are their differences and ...
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What's the point of Debian and Ubuntu? [closed]

I was looking at the distros over here: https://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=Live+Medium#simple They all come with some sort of motivation/theme. Like mint being "most complete out of the box ...
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