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Which One Is A Good One?

 
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SilverGhost511
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:54 am    Post subject: Which One Is A Good One? Reply with quote

That's rather misleading.

What I really am asking is...

There are so many different Distro's, so which ones work best for say a person that is a surfer/emailer/blogger as apposed to some one that is really into music or movies, or say a gaming enthusiast, or say you want to set up a file server for your home network, or you want to set up a NAS server or Web server.

Being a noob, as I understand it there are what like 10 or 12 base distro's and everything else is kinda based off one of those bases? There is Debian, Redhat/Fedora, Arch, Knoppix, Gentoo, Slackware, Mandriva. now is Ubuntoo a base or was it built on Debian I always thought, and Wiki is saying PCLinuxOS is a base as well, and then how do things like GNU, Oracle, Solaris, BSD, and POSIX fit into the scheme of things?

Using myself as an example but not trying to limit the scope of this conversation. I have my main machine. I use it for everything from a very expansive musical data base to making DVD's to surfing and e-mailing, gaming, watching TV and Movies, to using it as a teaching system to learn things like...well I'm currently teaching myself about Apache and IIS, I'm learning how to create and set up a web server as well as learning Linux. I also test applications on this system, what do they do, would they be worth it to my customers, how bad could they screw up a system what mess do they leave behind when removed.

I have a test bench machine on the work bench behind me. I test OS's and parts and pieces and different hardware configurations. I have an old MAC Classic on another bench that's just a novelty. My son has a system that is for gaming as well as he is learning C++ and C# programming languages. My daughters system is a music box and she is a Manga artist and she makes short video productions on it. My wife's system is for Game House games and surfing and emailing and blogging and I have 2 other machines, older machine, but they could be brought online at a moments notice. On is an older Intel Celeron, and the other is an Athlon from a few years back.

So here is a situation where we have several different machines with very varied capabilities and widely different uses. With Windows it's pretty much one size fits all, same with Apple/MAC. But this is the thing that really attracts me to Linux. The ability to pick and choose based on what you need your machine to be able to do...unless I have really miss interpreted what and how Linux can do and is capable of doing.

So my basic question comes around again. How does one know what Distro is geared for which application or our they all pretty much capable of running all the same packages and then we could discuss different desktops to or is that just a what would you prefer kinda question, like KDE makes me feel like I'm working with Windows and Gnome makes me feel lonely and depressed.

Just thought I'd toss that one out there and see if it becomes an interesting exchange of ideas and ideals.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Which One Is A Good One? Reply with quote

[quote="SilverGhost511"]
Being a noob, as I understand it there are what like 10 or 12 base distro's and everything else is kinda based off one of those bases?
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How many "base distros" there are is hard to say and it also depends on how you define. However, the premise is correct that there are a number of distros that are generally consider base (which you listed) and the rest are built from them. My opinion is that a base is one that is built more or less from scratch. Otheres take this and add/remove packages as they see fit. Ubuntu is a base and Kubuntu uses it as a base, but has KDE instead of Gnome as the default GUI.

I think of GNU as a set of tools, a great many of which are found in every Linux distribution. It is often better to say GNU/Linux when talking about a distro as GNU represents the tools and Linux the Kernel.

Oracle is a database and also a company that now owns Sun and thus Solaris, which is a UNIX variant based on System V Release 4 (SVR4). Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is another branch of the UNIX family true. POSIX is a set of standards. Should a program, API, library, etc be POSIX-compliant it behaves the same across multiple platforms.

[quote="SilverGhost511"]
So my basic question comes around again. How does one know what Distro is geared for which application or our they all pretty much capable of running all the same packages and then we could discuss different desktops to or is that just a what would you prefer kinda question, like KDE makes me feel like I'm working with Windows and Gnome makes me feel lonely and depressed.
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In my experience, basically any distribution works for most purposes, unless you have some specific applications. However, this can usually be installed once the base system is running. In my opinion, Ubuntu is slightly easier if you have no previous experience with Linux or even UNIX. My main workstation is RedHat with KDE, but I have another machine with Ubuntu.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tuxradar.com/content/how-choose-best-linux-distro (How to choose the best Linux distro for you; 4/29/09)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions (Comparison of Linux distributions)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions (List of Linux distributions)
http://www.livecdlist.com/ (The LiveCD List [try a liveCD])
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php (Linux Distribution Chooser; updated 4/17/09))
http://desktoplinuxathome.com/distro.html(What Linux distribution should you try?; 6/28/09)
http://www.tuxs.org/chooser/ (Linux Distribution Chooser 0.3; date???)
http://polishlinux.org/choose/ (Choose OS; 8/13/05)
http://www.linuxforums.org/reviews/overview_of_the_ten_major_linux_distributions.html (Overview of the ten major Linux distributions; 4/1/06)

enjoy!

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