Questions tagged [distribution-choice]

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Is there any *real* reason to use BackTrack?

I have heard of BackTrack, never used it, don't see the point. It doesn't use something that can read my mind and install the packages I am thinking about, it just uses apt-get. The other thing is, I ...
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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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Mini ultra light linux boot on a USB key

I don't have linux. I'm on Windows (XP or 7). I'd like to have just a linux USB key only to boot and have the command line to launch some command line programs. How may I simply create that USB key (...
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Command Line Linux Distro for i386 and 128MB RAM

I'm looking for a command line Linux distro that runs under 128Mb of RAM and works with i386. All the distros that I've looked at so far seem to be too big, don't support that old of a processor, or ...
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What are the differences between the major Linux distributions? [closed]

Newbies to Linux like me often find it puzzling when there are so many different distributions like Debian, Fedora or Ubuntu. I've tried to Google some documents describing the differences between ...
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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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Linux distribution that still ships with KDE3?

Is there any Linux distribution that still comes with support of KDE3?
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What is the best distro for Toshiba Satellite L10-205 (old hardware) used mostly for development? [closed]

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 tinker with C++ and other languages. As I'm student ...
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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 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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Best Distro For Artificial Intelligence Research? [closed]

Is there a definite best distro for AI research? I want to build a AI that can be used to help me manage all my emails intelligently.
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TCL vs. DSL vs. TTY vs. Feather - How to choose one over another?

In my search for Linux distros that can run on extremely modest resources, I found the following alternatives: TCL - Tiny Core Linux DSL - Damn Small Linux TTY - ttylinux Feather - Feather Linux The ...
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Linux distributions for ARM processors

Are there any Linux distributions (Other than Backtrack and Android) available for ARM processors? specifically ARM 11 (SE Xperia X8)
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Finding Linux distribution with proper hardware driver support

To me it is a jungle to find what Linux distribution to choose... Of course one would like to use as much performance as possible from the machine. In my case I have a HP Pavilion dv6-6008eo - in ...
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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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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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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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Is there a distribution that offers frequent updates to software packages, but stability and consistency in system packages? [closed]

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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Which is the best KDE-based distribution? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distribution that offers a good KDE experience We have deployed Gnome and Ubuntu on our desktops for a long time until Gnome was split into Unity and Gnome 3. Both ...
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What is the most compatible Linux distribution for MacBook Pro?

Here's the minimal requirements: two-fingers movement on touchpad for scroll using the lower-powered GPU as default card sleep on lid close some key (control or command) + LMB for RMB Nice-to-have: ...
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Linux recommendation for old laptop [closed]

I want to install Linux on my old laptop from 2006 February. Primarily I want to use it for lightweight coding and browsing the internet. Software needed: python some web design tools (i have some ...
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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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A Live Linux Distro which is as small as possible (no X, no networking, bash) [duplicate]

I've been trying to find a Linux distribution to fit my needs but I need something that seems to be more minimal then "minimal" distributions (Eg: Microcore Linux) seem to provide. I don't need X, I ...
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A distro with Ubuntu 11.04 and Gnome 3 installed by default

I remember reading a comment ages ago about a distro that was created with Gnome 3 on top of Ubuntu 11.04. What was that distribution named/where can I find it?
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Looking for small distro (to be installed automatically, with g++ and javac)

I'm looking for Linux distribution only with command line and I need in it only g++, javac, python. I found Damn Small Linux but it doesn't have g++ and javac. It should have it out of the box because ...
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Recommended live distro with persistent USB storage and Compiz

I need a distro that matches these specifications: runs from USB has persistence (saves sessions and data like a regular OS) controls on top (as in, the Mac toolbar - I'm still new to Linux, I don't ...
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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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Any LiveCD or LiveDVD Distro whith multi session burning onto LiveMedia

I'm looking for any Distro or LiveLinux for CD/DVD (NOT usb/SD card usage) which does the following: 1) All changes to the filesystem are written to the RAM disk with an overlaid filesystem. 2) Upon ...
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Need minimal linux distro, with install size less atmost 250 - 300 mb

I need a distro of Linux which occupies 250-300 MB of hard drive space. It should be able to run C programs (NOT COMPILE!! just execute)... and must be compatible with grub2 (NEED TO USE 'GRUB-REBOOT')...
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Which FreeBSD version or ISO for Dell R310?

When I try to install FreeBSD I always get confused as to which iso is the correct one for Rack mounted servers. In their download choices, there are too many versions of FreeBSD Which one is the ...
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Which of the bigger distributions offers the latest updates?

I am currently using Ubuntu and I appreciate the big community, the Software Center and the fact that it's very easy to use. But additionally I'd like to have the latest updates, like e.g. LibreOffice ...
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Linux Distro and Media Server Software choice

I'm going to be building a computer and setting it up as a media center for the guys I live with. The things I would like it to do are show up in iTunes as a shared library, and probably be able to ...
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Which linux distro is good as a VPS in parallels? [closed]

I will use Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for virtualization and have a good server machine. Which linux distro is good to use? I have CentOS 5, Debian 5.0 Lenny and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx.
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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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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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Difference between Gentoo and Funtoo [closed]

I'm struggling to understand how Funtoo is different from Gentoo, The Funtoo website claims to be an improved version of Gentoo saying this: Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 support enabled by ...
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Live Linux CD/DVD with Bittorrent client, Java, Flash, VLC?

I'm looking for a live CD distribution that offers me fully featured environment for using Internet and OpenOffice (or some other office app compatible with M$ Word). I thought about installing a ...
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Which live USB distribution offers selective persistence?

I'm looking for a live USB Linux distribution that would offer semi-persistent functionality. What I mean by that - normally the system should work in a non-persistent mode (read-only) and no writes ...
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What is a good desktop *nix aside from Linux, *BSD, and OS X?

What other common or semi-common or simply not super-rare *nixes are there in desktop use aside from distributions of Linux, various BSDs and Mac OS X?
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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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What distro for this task?

Requirements: firewall internet connection sharing DHCP server Freenet (Sun Java) torrent Samba SSH server Take up as little RAM as possible. Must be 100% usable in console (remotely over ssh).
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Linux on pendrive? Which distro to use? [closed]

Terms regarding the OS: Must be installed on pendrive It must contain software for office use Need to save files, GUI settings on it (auto) So I'm not searching for a LiveCD. What could be the best ...
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perfect distro for an old mac desktop (ppc g3) (320mb ram)

I have on old mac desktop: Power PC G3 (300MHz) 320 MB Ram I want to use it for browsing the internet and playing videos. What distro should I use?
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Good distribution for Gnome shell

With Ubuntu pushing Unity, what distribution would you recommend if I just want to run Gnome 3 with the new Gnome shell? Personally, I'm interested in distributions which have the polish and support ...
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Need advice to install Unix-like OS on my Laptop

We used Fedora in our labs, but I've not mastered it. I've installed Windows 7 on my laptop and I want to install this Unix-based OS. These are my laptop capabilities: Processor : Intel i3 Memory : ...
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Advantages of Debian over Ubuntu [closed]

What are the main advantages of using Debian instead of Ubuntu?
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Distro recommendation for “Out The Box Multi Touch Tablet Support”

I have a Dell Inspiron Duo - The tablet netbook, the 1090. It's beautiful, and I want to get the most out of it. I don't mind digging deep into a distro and installing patches and such to get ...
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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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Which is better for product level web server: RHEL/Ubuntu Server/Debian/CentOS

We are planning to setup a linux based web hosting solution, which should include an HTTP server, SMTP server, mongoDB and Java. We want to understand which distribution is better for this purpose. ...
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Looking for tools to build minimal linux desktop

Increasingly I am dissatisfied by the fact, that configuring my linux desktop usually means removing bloat instead of adding and tweaking features. I have come to the conclusion that I would rather ...