Questions tagged [distribution-choice]

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Best distro for office environment? [on hold]

Is there a Linux distribution that was made specifically or is more capable of managing an office environment? To give a bit of context: I am a business owner with around 10 computers, and I want to ...
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Desktop/distribution for VM [closed]

We intend to set up some virtual machines running a desktop Linux. The machines will be used by students for educational projects. The VMs are hosted in a VMWare vSphere data center and are limited to ...
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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

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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Choice of distro for a Mac user who wants to learn Linux proper [closed]

For context: I understand that, generally speaking, questions of the form “Help, what distro should I use” are bad form. I am trying my best to avoid that pitfall by making my question a specific, ...
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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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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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Linux distro without any GPL sofware? [closed]

I'm looking for a distribution that uses software that is actually free and allows commercial use too. It can be under MIT, BSD, Public Domain and similar licenses.
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Linux distro running entirely on Wayland (no X11)?

As of 2017, is there a distro that doesn't have X11 server installed and instead uses Wayland? I don't want to boot into text-mode, I want to boot into graphical mode without X11.
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How do you bridge the gap between Enterprise Linuxes and up-to-date software? [closed]

Enterprise Linuxes usually are not very up-to-date, look for example at Suse Linux Enterprise and Freeradius. The Freeradius release included in the newest SLES is 3.0.3 (dated 2014). Currently, ...
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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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The availability of binutils on different linux distributions

I want to know if there is some sort of a list of applications available by default in different linux distributions, some kind of a standard list of binaries that all distributions have. I ...
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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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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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Minimal Linux distribution with large repository? [closed]

I have read Which minimal but extendable Linux distribution to choose but I'm using the word minimal in a slightly different sense: processes run at startup, not memory/disk space taken by the ...
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Linux for simply one task: watch youtube

I have tested some Linux versions for my kid's laptop. Old Samsung notebook, Samsung N10. I need do only one task: run youtube videos with no lag. Or setup an Android on it. I also tried RemiX-OS ...
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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 ...
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Distributions for starters [closed]

I'm interested in diving head on into the linux universe, the question being: Is there a specific distributions or list of distributions better to start off or is there no difference in difficulty ...
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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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Is there a distro that is ready to be flashed on a HDD as a complete system?

Because of some hardware issues, I am unable to successfully install any OS right now. I am looking for distribution that I can flash onto the laptop HDD from another PC and run it on the faulty ...
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Which Linux distribution has the capability to completely disable the automatic update? [closed]

In windows 7 we can disable automatic updates completely. But in linux distributions like fedora & ubuntu even after disabling automatic updates, they consume my bandwidth. I have limited ...
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Name for distros based on other distros [closed]

I'd like to know if there is any way to call the distros that are based on other distros, i.e., is there any noun that defines Elementary Os (which is based in Ubuntu) appart from distribution? Thanks!...
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Fully functional, architecture agnostic, portable desktop Linux distribution? [closed]

Crossposting it here after advice on the askUbuntu site; my hard drive just died, my network connection is very slow (typing it over Tor under Tails probably doesn't help), so I want to be 100% sure I'...
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Kernel, Shell and The Bare Essentials: Is it possible and worthwhile? [closed]

I'm building a small host at home that will host one tiny interactive website to about 10 people. I am looking for the most efficient GNU/Linux OS to do this on. The OS has to be small, both in terms ...
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What's the smallest command-line-only operating system? [closed]

I'm interested in knowing the smallest, most minimal Unix/Linux distro available, for installation onto my weak laptop to use as a dedicated LAN server. Some pros would be 64-bit support and/or apt/...
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Is there a Linux distribution with few or no administrative GUI tools?

I'm looking for a Linux distribution that does not install any GUI administrative tools by default, things like partition editors, task managers, or format tools. Having the ability to install those ...
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Distribution that is beginner-friendly, secure, runs Wine well and has network capabilities [closed]

I'm looking to transform my aging laptop (without battery nor audio jack) into a Linux home server. I would like to run temporary game servers on it (for games like GMOD and Terraria), use it as a NAS,...
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Linux with low resources [duplicate]

I have a question if anyone of you can help me. Anyone of you know what linux consume fewest possible resources? I have old laptop with: CPU: T550(it's dual core but have some problem with bios and ...
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Linux distro to learn linux [closed]

Im actually new to all Linux stuff, before I used to have several VMs, where I used Debian just to see what it actually is. Now I'm on a long vacation and I thought about picking it up again and ...
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How can I make Linux as secure as possible? [closed]

With the rise of Windows 10 I am getting more concerned about my privacy and the risks of using an unsecured system. My question is three fold Which distro of Linux is most secure? How do keep the ...
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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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Linux distro for mobile screen remote access?

Are there any distros that have a UI made for mobile phones? I want to setup a server that can be accessed remotely with a phone.
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Linux distributions specifically for non pae CPU and no internet [duplicate]

I will try to word this so that it doesn't sounds like a request for recommendation, but it might not work well. Anyway: I have an old (about 12 years) with Windows XP. 256 mb ram 20 gb harddrive ...