Questions tagged [linux-distribution]

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Linux distribution for daily use on an old netbook

I won a netbook several years ago (1 GHz, 1GB RAM*, 8GB SSD) with Windows XP pre-installed. After a few weeks, the disk gets filled with Windows trash. I have tried latest version of Ubuntu, but the ...
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“Mac-like” Linux distribution [closed]

I have an ancient Mac that I'm looking at wiping when Lion support goes the way of the dinosaur. I still like the idea of keeping it as Mac-like as possible. Are there any Linux distros that mimic ...
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Desktop Linux distribution with the latest GNOME 3?

I'm looking for a Linux distribution to use with GNOME 3. Currently I'm using Fedora 20, but there are many bugs in Gnome (for example Bug 1058314, earlier was Bug 995785). Both are blockers for me. ...
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Best first time Linux OS, for someone who isn't computer savvy

What Linux distribution would you recommend for someone who isn't computer savvy. The features that will need to be as easy as possible to use and access are: Email Internet Word Processor Viewing ...
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Open source Linux distribution with LTS

AFAIK only Ubuntu is open source and has LTS (Long Term Support). Is there are an other Linux distribution with these features: Usable for desktop and server open source Long Term Support releases (...
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Open-source solutions to make Linux desktop easily accesible remotely from Windows

I want to setup a Linux desktop where friends with windows PCs can login remotely and play with it to get familiar with Linux. I've tried Ubuntu 14.04 but failed miserably while trying to share the ...
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Is there a Debian-based distro with only the core packages?

Is there a Debian-based distro with only the core packages(like apt, dpkg, ifupdown, nano, ssh, grep, sudo, coreutils, wget, etc., and no X11)? And not meant to used on servers and it must be 32-bit. ...
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32-bit Linux distribution for old PC (Pentium D 3 GHz)

I'm looking for a Linux distribution with desktop interface that can run on a low-specced (read: old) PC of mine that currently runs Windows XP. A little background: Dad has this 10 y.o. PC that he ...
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Linux distribution for an old computer

I need a Linux distribution for a laptop that is pretty old. Here are the laptop specs: 2 GB of RAM 2 GB hard drive (flash) Intel Celeron CPU The main limitation that I have found is hard drive size....
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Bootable linux like distro to sanitize USB flash drives and hard drives

I have some usb pen drives that I'm not using because I'm unsure of their content. This drives traveled among some university friends and photo copy shops (you know.. shops with win xp, no security ...
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Tiny Linux Distro with JVM

I'm looking for a Linux Distro that has been stripped down completely with just the ability to install apps on it (particularly, a JDK). Any suggestions? Definition of tiny in this case: The minimum ...
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Setting up Linux for a touch-screen laptop

What combination of distro, themes, extenstions, etc. can I use to get the best experience out of a touch-screen laptop? I would be installing Linux on a Dell Inspiron i3147 (11.6", 1366 x 768, ...
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Production-ready alternative to Archlinux

I'm currently looking for an Archlinux alternative suitable for production servers, which means less "bleeding-edge" software but otherwise it should be really as close to Arch as possible, here are ...
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What is the lightest-ever Linux I could install on a VM just for SSH tunneling with openSSH?

What is the lightest-ever Linux I could install on a VM just for SSH tunneling with openSSH? I am looking for something light I could install fastly from any machine that can run Oracle VirtualBox. ...
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OS for key ceremony

Right now I'm assembling parts and plans for a key ceremony, i.e. a procedure to generate cryptographic keys in a high security environment. In particular I want to take a laptop with coreboot (...
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Simple, fast, secure KDE Linux distribution

I'm new to Linux, still learning how Linux in general works, but before that I need some smart opinion from a person who knows this stuff already, so my question is very simple, what is the most basic ...
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Easy to use Linux distribution with no/minimal preinstalled applications

A fresh install of Ubuntu comes with LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Transmission, Sudoku, Chess, and a slew of other applications preinstalled. Linux Mint includes most of Ubuntu's picks plus GIMP,...
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Distraction-free Linux distro

I'm a student who is easily distracted by any notifications that come on my computer. So, I want to install a distro that I use just for school stuff, and have it be as distraction-free as possible. ...
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Linux desktop environment for novice users

Which desktop environment can satisfy (by default, configuration or maintained extensions) most of following requirements? no double clicking required bring existing window to front of a program by ...
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Home server NAS on ZFS + VirtualBox

I am in the process of planning a new server for home. It will be, most of the time a NAS server (for Time Machine backups and archiving of old, unused files). I decided to go with ZFS. But I would ...
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Bootable USB creator

I'm on Xubuntu 64 bit. Unetootin isn't detecting my USB. Startup USB creator doesn't work on all the ISOs. I want a bootable USB creator, that works on ubuntu 64 bit. It has to be updated and has a ...
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Which program should I use for programming apps with relational and graph databases?

I'm about to change my PC OS to some Linux distribution, and I wanna continue programming in some environment similar to Visual Studio/SQL Server for designing my apps. I want you to help me with ...
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GNU/Linux distribution that is small and fully free/libre

I need a GNU/Linux distribution that is: Small: Less than 500 MB (after installation) for the "base system" with coreutils and a window manager, ideally without having to uninstall a bunch of pre-...
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Looking for file server/NAS for Linux with file management features

I currently have a Linux home PC that I'm using as a file server among other things. I'm getting ready to rebuild it and I'm getting overwhelmed with some of the choices out there such as FreeNAS, ...
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Linux live kiosk

I’m looking for a live Linux distribution to boot a machine in Kiosk mode. (Firefox/Chrome + nVidia Driver + VLC) These two are pretty good: http://webconverger.com http://porteus-kiosk.org HOWEVER ...
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Which linux you use on a windows tablet?

I don't like the default Windows 8.1 preinstalled on my uefi tablet - the UI is too counter-intuitive and I need more space on my device(I have 16GB, 1GB RAM max - Digma Eve 8.1 3G). So I wanna try ...
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Linux distribution for programmer

I need recommendation for distribution of Linux which will fulfill few things: is good to develop in different technologies (Java/Erlang/C/etc.) including frameworks, is good in installing&...
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Which Linux distro works better on a gaming PC?

I have a gaming PC I mostly use to edit videos and images in high quality. Specs: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8 cores, 16 threads. RAM: 32 GB G Skill - 1466 MHz on dual channels. Latency: 16-18-18-38. ...
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Linux live CD/DVD that includes UnionFS (but not Knoppix)

Tried to use the latest Knoppix and running into lots of issues. It can't seem to decide whether it's systemd or SysV init based, and simple things like restarting the network after a config change ...
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Debian based portable Linux distro

I read about a Porteus, a Linux distro which is designed to be run from USB. I liked everything about it, but I prefer distros that are Debian derivatives. (Like Debian itself, Mint, Ubuntu, etc.) I ...
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Linux OS that usually takes less then 200 MB with a plugin-free Firefox as VNC

Have a recommendation for a Linux OS that usually takes less then 200 MB of RAM when active with plugin-free Firefox? I need one as a VNC in my Ubuntu server. It doesn't matter for me from what ...
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A lightweight Linux distribution for a Pentium M 1.73GHz, 2 GB RAM laptop?

It is an old Toshiba, intel pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz, 2BG RAM. The previous owner installed Windows 7 on it. It's ok but I want to try a lightweight and small Linux based OS. It will be used ...
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Linux distro for office/movies, Pentium 32bit, 1GiB memory

I have the following machine: LG Electronics Notebook width: 32 bits Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.86GHz -memory size: 1GiB Please let me know if you need more information. I want to try out ...
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Lightweight linux desktop with UI scaling

I am looking for a lightweight linux desktop to use as an Home Theatre PC, that has UI scaling.
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Operating system for Personal & Enterprise application for Hadoop

I ain't sure if this is a right forum to ask this question. Please let me know which SE site I have to use, in case I am on the wrong forum. I have started learning Hadoop & I have tried ...
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Linux live distro including OpenShot and/or Kdenlive

Which Linux live distro coming with OpenShot and/or Kdenlive is there and would you suggest me to try? I need to very occasionally use them and I don't want to install them by the moment. Thanks in ...
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Linux distributions which do not default to using SystemD

I dislike systemd for numerous reasons. Unfortunately, it has been adopted by most popular Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and others. It is also becoming increasingly difficult, ...
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Linux installation to learn web development [closed]

We are creating a charity that is going to provide young people with training for the IT industry. Our plan is to create some simple websites using something like WordPress to get them started with ...
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OS recommendation for surfing on a weak laptop

My laptop currently runs Windows XP Pro x86 pretty smooth. That's until I try Chrome + YouTube. That's the point when the lags begin and the laptop becomes unusable. Thought about switching to some ...
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Which distro supporting ZFS is currently most performant?

I am setting up a networked system for acquiring a large number of streamed camera images (up to 3GB/s of raw tif files; up to 2TB per experimental acquisition). The host that acquires the data will ...
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Linux desktop with stacking tabs

I have recently switched from windows to Xubuntu. I picked xubuntu because xfce is light and battle tested. But my main problem is that xfce window tabs behave like Windows XP, where multiple ...
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Linux distro for netbook [duplicate]

I'm looking into the best Linux distribution for a netbook. It's an upgraded Acer Aspire One D270 (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 3GB RAM, 750GB HD), which will be used mainly for daily tasks: web ...
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Linux distribution for Lenovo Yoga 3 14 (extensive touchscreen support)

I am looking for a Linux distribution for Lenovo Yoga 3 14. Ideally, the distribution should support: Yoga has a touch screen and can rotate its screen to become a tablet - I would like to take ...
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Linux or Android app for non-intrusive recording

I record all my works progress since I am not good at taking notes. However, most software that I have tried are blinking or lots of pop-up dialogues, which makes me aware and more stressed. I am ...
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GNU/Linux variants that could work on MacBook Pro (Retina, two GPUs)

I'm thinking about trying some GNU/Linux distros on MBP (partly because I get increasingly annoyed by OS X's long-standing bugs which probably will never be fixed, and also I wish to try "next-gen" ...
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Light, client OS with minimal features such as Firefox only and ICA client

I am looking for a small, lightweight, Linux OS that I can install Firefox and the Citrix ICA client on. The OS cannot contain any Linux office software, no Thunderbird, no extras. It needs to be ...
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Which Linux distribution is best for hosting Minecraft server?

I have a computer than I will use for, and likely dedicate to hosting a Minecraft server, and I was told that Linux is better for that. I had some experience with Linux in the past, but I stopped ...
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Stable Linux distro for business server management

I am an aspiring IT Tech and I am leaning more towards systems administration. While I mostly work with Windows-based environments, I want to start delving into Linux and the many distros out there. ...
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Lightweight Linux distribution for 3.2 GHz Intel Celeron with 2 GB RAM

I recently installed Elementary OS on an old PC that wasn’t being used. It’s not lightweight enough for the hardware, though, so now I am looking for a different distro. I am using the computer for ...
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Distro that is easy to remaster

I would like recommendations for an easy to remaster distro. It has to run from a CD and will only run a small web application (client-side; only JavaScript) and print pages. So: Has to be a Live CD; ...