Camarade_Tux

Index of linux distributions

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This section really lacks stickies so why not start with a topic to index some linux distributions?

Many people don't know which distribution to install just because there are too much choice, I think we can help there.

Don't make it as long as the story as your life; the goal is too give an *idea* on which distribution will fit someone better.

Slackware:

Latest stable version: 12 (see this topic)

Latest developpment version: 12; updates approximately twice a year

Philosophy: Keep It Simple, Stupid; packages without dependancy checking

Pros:

  • lightweight and fast
  • up-to-date
  • configuration does not rely on graphical tools; useful when your graphical server is dead...
  • ultra-stable
  • 110% customizable

Cons:

  • installer lacks good repartionning tools (but has good partionning ones)

OpenSuSe:

Latest stable version: 10.2

Latest developpment version: 10.3alpha5, 10.3 stable planned for 04/10/07

Pros:

  • up-to-date
  • yast2, the easiest and most featured linux installation and configuration tool
  • nearly perfect hardware support, including tv output, bluetooth, infrared, laptop power-management (better then XP's)
  • all imaginable softwares have suse packages

Cons:

  • a bit heavy
  • too many dependancies sometimes

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i shall add some more i dont have much to say about them though

Fedora Core

Latest Stable version: 7

Includes KDE and Gnome

(it used to anyway)

Based off Red Hat

it uses the RPM packaging system

easy to use installer

Debian

Latest Stable version: 4

Includes Gnome

KDE?

It uses the deb packaging system

Ubuntu

Latest Stable version: 7.04

Includes Gnome

K\X\Ubuntu linux is based of Debian

It uses the deb packaging system

LiveCD based installer

Kubuntu

Latest Stable version: 7.04

Includes KDE

Xubuntu

Latest Stable version: 7.04

Includes XFCE

Mandriva

Latest Stable version: 2007 Spring

Formally known as Mandrake.

Easy to use, nice installer.

Includes KDE and Gnome

(it used to anyway)

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Puppy:

Latest stable version: 3.01

Latest development version: 4.00; updates about twice a year

Philosophy: Old hardware/speed and responsiveness with ease of use

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Easy to use
  • Good old hardware support
  • Good community

Cons:

  • Single user runs as root

PCLinuxOS:

Latest stable version: 2008

Latest development version: ?; updates about ? a year

Philosophy: Ease of use

Pros:

  • Modern up-to-date software
  • Easy to use
  • Good hardware support
  • Good community

Cons:

  • RPM not quite as widespread as DEB

Knoppix:

Latest stable version: 5.1.1

Latest development version: ?; updates about biannually

Philosophy: KDE focused Live CD

Pros:

  • Range of included applications
  • Fairly easy to use
  • Good hardware support

Cons:

  • Hard disk installation isn't recommended

Linux Mint:

Latest stable version: 4.0

Latest development version: 5.0?; updates about twice a year

Philosophy: from freedom came elegance

Pros:

  • Very easy to use
  • Great hardware support

Cons:

  • Proprietary software

MEPIS:

Latest stable version: 7?

Latest development version: 8?; updates about once a year

Philosophy: Ease of use

Pros:

  • Good software
  • Easy to use
  • Good hardware support

Cons:

  • Commercialism

Sidux:

Latest stable version: 2008

Latest development version: ?; updates about biannually

Philosophy: Making Debian easy

Pros:

  • Software Compatibility
  • Easy to use
  • Good hardware support

Cons:

  • Support

KanotiX:

Latest stable version: 2007

Latest development version: ?; updates about biannually

Philosophy: Installable Knoppix

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Good hardware support
  • Software range

Cons:

  • Support

DSL:

Latest stable version: 4.3

Latest development version: ?; updates about once a year

Philosophy: Old hardware/speed and responsiveness

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Small size
  • Good old hardware support

Cons:

  • Support

Debian Live:

Latest stable version: 4

Latest development version: 5?; updates about biannually

Philosophy: Stability

Pros:

  • Stable
  • Wide range of software

Cons:

  • Slow development

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Knoppix:

Latest stable version: 7.0.3 on CD (as of 2012-06-25)

"Knoppix version 7.0.2 (update), including Kernel 3.3.7, is now available as DVD image."

Pros:

  • Lots of software on CD.
  • CD burner integrated.
  • Browser (IceWeasel) is clone of FireFox® and will run same/similar plug-ins..
  • Word processor (Libre) is clone of OpenOffice® and will run same templates.
  • GNU image manipulation program is clone of Gimp® and will open/modify/save same files.
  • Will run from CD or RAM, but much faster if "TORAM" option is added during boot.
  • Can be booted to RAM w/minimum of 1Gb; faster with more RAM.
  • Excellent hardware detection and reporting.
  • Will detect and allow use of almost every USB stick w/no problem.
  • Hard disk install not necessary.
  • Any computer with RAM, keybd, mouse, display, net-card, & CD-ROM can access internet.
  • Even older hardware w/o hard drive works (minimum RAM requirements make ancient H/W difficult).
  • Solid, safe, and very stable O/S.

Cons:

  • CD burner slow.
  • On Ver6.7.1 some JAVA app's don't behave very well.
  • Not all web videos, "Flash," or videos will run.
  • No planned updates to make "Flash" run because of licensing issues.
  • Can be difficult for a novice to configure and use browser the first time.

Puredyne:

Latest stable version: 9.11 (carrot and coriander) on CD/DVD/USB (as of 2010-03-26)

"Puredyne is developed for artists, by artists. It's used for live music, installation art, hardware hacking, teaching, and more."

Based on Ubuntu and Debian Live.

Pros:

  • USB stick installation.
  • Fast, minimal package.
  • Targeted to electronic, audio, visual artists.
  • Optimized for use in realtime audio and video processing.
  • Low latency kernel.
  • Runs Pure Data, Supercollider, Icecast, Csound, Fluxus, Processing, Arduino, more.
  • List of available S/W is extensive.

Cons:

  • Not meant for typical internet browser user.

Musix:

Latest stable version:

  • 2.1 for USB (as of 2010-04-27)
  • 2.0 for CD and DVD (2009-11-28)

"One CD and you have it all: office applications, net, graphics, programing, midi, audio"

Pros:

  • Heavily geared to musicians and performers.
  • Lots of audio and music software included.
  • Multiple languages supported: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, English.

Cons:

  • Not Debian based: "A different approach: a didactic O/S"
  • Primarily Spanish language development; English secondary consideration.
  • Not all site URL's currently stable; may be gone soon.

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