Questions tagged [distribution-choice]

Everything about comparing Unix variants like Linux distributions, BSD family and others. Try to be specific about what you need; otherwise your question might be closed.

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How can I build a custom distribution for running a simple web browser?

We are assembling some lightweight machines with the express purpose of displaying a single web page over a large screen. I need the machine to essentially boot up as lightweight and as quickly as ...
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What is the smallest possible Linux implementation? [closed]

What are the bare minimum components for a Linux OS to be functional, and that I can use as a base to expand and improve as I learn Linux and my understanding and needs grow?
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Linux for low-end hardware and internet browsing

I'm going to host an event where we have ~15 computers with low-end hardware. I think the computers got 256 MBs of RAM, 5 GB of storage and a 300 MHz Intel CPU. We've been running DSL on the machines,...
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Recommended Linux distribution for statistics? [closed]

Given that R, Python and many other open source libraries used for stats have better support in Linux than Windows/OSX (rPy comes to mind), I find it odd that no one has asked this question before. So ...
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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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What do different BSDs have in common?

... and what are the differences between them? I formulated my question like this to make it clear I'm not interested in a flamewar of opinions, rather in an objective comparison between the different ...
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How do you choose a distribution? [closed]

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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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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Which GNU/Linux distribution for an old system from 1999?

I have a 12-year old Toshiba Libretto laptop with a Transmeta Crusoe Processor TM 5600 running at about 600 MHz, 128 MB RAM and S3 Savage graphics. Which Ubuntu (or any other GNU/Linux based ...
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Which *nix distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines? [closed]

EDIT: This question was expanded to include other Unix-like distros such as Hurd and BSD. Before anyone wonders, I did read related questions and answers; I think I have a sufficiently unique ...
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What linux is best suited for people new to computers?

What would be the easiest linux for people who are new to computers? The computers here have 256Mb RAM with 40GB hard-disks. UPDATE: Most of them apparently have more than 265MB of RAM with some ...
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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, networking,...
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What are suitable distros for the Asus EEE PC 701 4G? [closed]

I have an Asus EEE PC 701 4G - one of the original ones - and would like to install a new OS on it. What options are out there? I'm looking for: Easy to use (it's for my parents) Office software ...
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Linux distribution that offers a good KDE experience

I have been a Gnome user for years (8 years), and I'm looking for recommendations and comparisons of Linux distributions that offers good KDE integration/experience. Some details to mention: the ...
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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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Low-RAM Linux Distro Specifically for serving static sites [closed]

I'm looking for a near-zero-configuration linux distro that is designed specifically for serving static web sites and nothing else on a low-RAM machine (I'm planning on 128MB, but the option of less ...
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Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? [closed]

Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? What are the advantages of FreeBSD compared to Linux? (My shared hosting provider uses FreeBSD.)
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Best Linux Distribution for Scientific Computing? [closed]

I recently bought a new laptop to be used for scientific research when I'm at home. The machine has Intel i7 processor with 8 cores, 4 GB of RAM, and a graphic card from Nvidia (2 GB, Ivy Bridge). The ...
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Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?

Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?
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Which BSD to start with?

So I've been a linux user since June 2008. My first distro was Ubuntu. I've tried OpenSuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Linux Mint, Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux and Arch Linux, and I was thinking about giving ...
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Can I use APT on TinyCore?

Will tinyCore let me use APT? I am looking forward to use a very light version of Linux on a netbook or something. For the last few years I been using Linux Mint and I like it, but I am getting tired ...
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What distributions work out of the box with tablet computers?

I recently got my hands on a tablet computer. I tend to at least dual boot my systems. While doing some research about tablet computing and *nix most of the information was from the 2004-2008 era ...
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The Right Distro for text-based needs

I'm searching for the right Linux Distro. My four current ideas are: Gentoo Grml Arch Debian But I'm absoluty open to more alternatives. Now a little bit more about my needs: I want it to be really ...
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Distribution recommendation for USB flash disks

I'm a linux system administrator and dealing with big iron distributions like debian and redhat for a long time. I need a recommendation for a small distribution which I can install to USB flash disk. ...
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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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Unix without a GUI for old machine

I have been given my father's old computer, which currently runs Windows 95 and has a 133-MHz processor, a Pentium(r) according to "My Computer". It seems a shame to recycle it when it works so well (...
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looking for light weight Linux for a old 104 pc [closed]

I am looking for a light weight Linux for a PC that runs at 200 Mhz with 256 Megs of RAM. I was thinking maybe Lubuntu, as the system requirements state it needs at least a Pentium 2 generation with ...
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What is a free, small Unix/Linux OS? [closed]

I have a spare machine with an 80GB HDD and 512 MB RAM. I want to try a Linux distro that's very small (and free too). What should I try?
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Need Advice: What Linux distro should I install on an old PowerPC Mac

I'm trying to set up my brother (who has a PPC Mac, with 1 ghz processor and 256 ram) with a Linux distro that would allow him to surf the web on the device. Support has faded for the new browsers, ...
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Choosing the right distribution for learning and hosting web apps

I'm coming to Linux from the Windows world, and I want to learns the ins and outs of the system in order to make it my primary day to day work and hosting environment. I'm pretty much a complete ...
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What live distribution is well-suited for presentations? [closed]

My students often use the classroom projector screen to give presentations, usually using PowerPoint, but sometimes they show pre-recorded presentations in SMPlayer. The classroom computer is ...
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Long(est) security update support for stable GNU/Linux distributions?

Which a) FLOSS b) stable (= not rolling release) c) desktop GNU/Linux distributions have a long security update support? Of course it’s interesting which distro has the longest support, but 2nd, 3rd ...
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Modern distribution on old hardware

I have an old system currently running ubuntu jaunty. The main harware specs are: Processor: AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: [SiS] 65x/M650/740 (output from lspci) HDD: 40 GB Now jaunty is ...
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(32bit or 64bit) Linux distro with !32bit! (U)EFI support?

Is there a Linux distribution that supports 32bit-(U)EFI? If so, which one and where do I find a bootable ISO? I'd like to find a Linux distro for my HP Envy X2 which has an Intel Atom CPU and ...
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Good OpenWRT alternative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open Source router firmware options? I own an ASUS wl-520gU (4 LAN, 1 WAN, WiFi, 1 USB, 4mb flash rom, 16mb ram. Broadcom BCM5354 @ 240). I am going to use it as a micro-...
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Which Linux distribution is used for running servers with a hypervisor? [closed]

I just bought my first dedicated server for home use. Since I've never had a server at home I'm not sure which operating system is the standard for running multiple VMs on the bare metal with a ...