Questions tagged [distribution-choice]

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Small CLI-only distribution based on Arch or Debian

I've looked at a lot of topics that look like what I'm looking for but aren't quite what I want. To give you some context, my ultimate goal is to have a Vagrant box that can compile some C code and ...
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Which distributions can have a network installation started from a floppy?

Suppose I have computer with no USB boot option; no CD/DVD drive; an unformatted HDD; and a working connection to the Internet (via a local network segment with a DHCP server etc)... and an FDD. Can ...
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Smallest linux distribution for PPTP VPN server (poptop)?

I want to run Poptop, an Open Source PPTP Server for Linux. I need the smallest possible GNU/Linux distribution which I can install in VMware Workstation 8 and which will be able to support this ...
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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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What makes an application only compatible with a specific Linux distro?

I'm new-ish to the Linux world. I was recently investigating Private Internet Access, and I noted that its Linux client is listed as requiring Ubuntu 12.04 or newer. Why would an application only be ...
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Any flavors with mDNS baked in?

Are there distributions of Linux that support .local address resolution out of the box? So far, I've only found distros with avahi plugins. I'd appreciate a base image with this kind of support ...
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Is there a Linux distribution with reproducible build system?

Something like Gitian for Bitcoin when several people independently build binaries and publish their checksums, I found NixOS but it has only reproducible packages but I mean a whole iso image?
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Lightweight Music Player distro

Is there a lightweight Linux distro exclusive for reproducing music files? I'm looking for hte music equivalent to JustBrowsing Live CD. I'm not really interested in music editing and whatnot. All I ...
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Distribution with Plasma 5, rolling or LTS, security, encryption, non-free options

Can anyone name Linux distributions matching the following criteria: Plasma 5 desktop Rolling release, LTS strategy, or at least non-disruptive updates from one release to the next Security updates ...
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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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Linux based Gaming OS

What are the Linux based gaming distribution that are available apart from SteamOs? And can that OS be used as live USB OS?
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Installed Apricity OS, but only has barebone GNOME desktop after restart

I installed Apricity OS as guest in my VMware, and installed it successfully. During installation, the desktop was as Apricity customized. (Fonts, themes, icons, shell, etc.) But when I restarted it ...
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Setting up a netbook for a visually impaired senior

I'm trying to set up my old netbook to help my visually impaired grandmother keep her mind engaged. My grandfather passed away last year, and my grandmother moved into an assisted living home. She is ...
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Creating a live USB without persistence or access to hard drive

I am looking to be able to run a live copy of Linux off of a 4GB usb stick. I would like this to be a sandbox/learning environment, and my requirements are: 1) No persistence. Everything that is ...
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Is there something similar to SUSE Studio but geared toward Debian-based distros?

I am playing around with SUSE Studio and am finding it quite amazing, though (I imagine for sentimental reasons) I prefer Debian and the deb package manager. Is there something like SUSE Studio that ...
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Are there any reverse package indexes?

I am looking to use specific software in Linux - some of the fancier security kernel patches, maths software such as Isabelle, the Spark compiler, nVidia drivers, nothing exceptionally exotic and ...
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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 ...