Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

How to choose a Linux distribution

Filed under
Linux

Linux. It’s a great operating system, but it’s hard to choose which distribution (which version) you want to use. So, which do you choose? You’re probably expecting me to tell you, right? You’re partially right. I’ll give you a big head start into choosing what distro (distribution) is best for you. Here’s the answer summed up: whatever works best for you.

There are many distributions out there, from Slackware to Arch and from Ubuntu to Gentoo. The easiest way to find which suits you is to try them all. The first I’d recommend trying is either Ubuntu or Fedora Core 6.

Ubuntu is based off the popular binary distribution Debian, which has been around for quite some time. Ubuntu uses the apt-get/apt repositories just like its mother distribution. It works well on most systems (including older, slower ones) and tends to have a good about of drivers and codecs in the repositories.

Fedora Core (6) is based of the Redhat distribution.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance Joins Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Electronic Heath Records Alliance, or OSEHRA, a non-profit community dedicated to supporting open source users, developers, service providers, and researchers engaged in advancing health information technology, has joined the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Affiliate Membership program. OSI Affiliates are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software. Read more

How strong is peer review in open source?

An example of a standard open source peer review process begins with a software author submitting their code and documentation to their project's mailing list. It is then examined by other contributors and project managers; potential problems and improvements are discussed amongst the community and author before the changes are either accepted or rejected. GitHub uses the version control software Git to offer a streamlined system in which project managers can oversee their source code while still allowing for code review. Due to its ease of use, GitHub has become a popular host for version control and code review, with over 2,000,000 repositories uploaded to the site as of 2011. Read more

These are the new faces of Android Wear

Google has opened a section to the Play Store dedicated to serving new watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches. Until this new debut, which accompanies a significant software update for the Android Wear watches themselves, the only choices available were the standard ones preloaded by Google, a few extras provided by manufacturers like LG, and a few from grassroots fans who made their own. Now Google has an official development kit for new faces and a whole bunch of options already populating the store. You'll find some of the standouts below, in both their active and passive modes, and you can peruse the full collection of novelties in our comprehensive hands-on gallery. Read more

The Growing Linux on Power Ecosystem

Earlier this month, a report by the Linux Foundation identified that Linux deployments are up 14 percent over the last three years, while Windows is down 9 percent. In addition, Linux solutions have grown 23 percent since 2013. What this further confirmed is that our strategy for IBM Power Systems growth is aligned with market realities: that Linux continues to grow in both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments – and more and more enterprises are turning to the value of Linux. (Source: ZDNet) Read more Also: Rackspace Embraces OpenPOWER