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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

Edited by Camarade_Tux, 03 July 2007 - 03:26 AM.



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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

Edited by darrelljon, 26 April 2008 - 03:59 PM.


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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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