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Questions tagged [distro-recommendation]

This tag should be used for questions asking for a recommendation of a particular edition of Ubuntu or an official derivative, such as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, etc.

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Smallest Ubuntu server self-contained installable .iso for development

I'm looking for a development server to run in VirtualBox that can do run apt-get. That's it. I don't need anything else really. I've started with the Minimal CD which is nice at 37Mb, but to install,...
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Can the base Ubuntu OS be used for free commercially?

I work in an enterprise environment--at a major university to be more specific--as desktop support. It's largely a Windows environment. I'm not looking to install Ubuntu for our end users--rather ...
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Which distro should I install to avoid Amazon? [closed]

Is the Amazon feature that comes bundled with Ubuntu standard installations inherent to all Ubuntu derivatives (like e.g. Mint, Xubuntu, etc), or is it only present in the vanilla Ubuntu Desktop ...
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Ubuntu on laptop

A friend of mine asked me for a favour; she uses windows 7 on her laptop with these system specs: Video : intel HD graphics family Procesor : intel pentium B950 CPU@2.10 GHz RAM : 4 GB Hard ...
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Distro question - Which (current) linux distro works well with older laptops [duplicate]

I'm sorry, but this is going to be somewhat vague for now. I'll update this within 24 hours with more details, or as soon as they are available. Whichever comes first. I am enrolled in an engineering ...
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Does Ubuntu contain Non-free kernel blobs and other non-free system components?

I heard Richard Stallman say that Ubuntu contains non-free blobs. Why does it have such blobs and what functions do these non-free blobs and system components do that free software can't? Does ...
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What version of ubuntu should I install given my need for a secure web client? [closed]

I am totally new to ubuntu, and wish to install it on a virtual server. My reasons and implementation desires are listed below. Would ubuntu server or desktop be most suitable for me? Would the 32 ...
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What Ubuntu should I install? [duplicate]

My purpose is to have an OS like unmanage vps/server for web hosting out there. For Learning in my own space before jumping to online! I have a notebook Dell Vostro 3460 with i5 3230M. I have Window ...
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I have a class project to create my own operating system. I have though about it a lot and now everything look confused [closed]

I thought about creating a operating system, I relying on your advise now on where to start to start making it.
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Is there a distro that delivers compiz as default windows manager? [closed]

I want to know if there's a distro that comes with compiz as default windows manager. I know ubuntu comes with unity and I can setup compiz after install, but it would be helpful if there's a distro ...
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Any Other Distros with Gnome 2.32? [closed]

I've used Ubuntu for almost a year and I don't like the Unity environment and I installed BackTrack R3 in my laptop which uses GNOME 2.32 and I'm much impressed with that and made a decision to move ...
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best Linux distro to install on an usb Flash (full installation) [closed]

i have installed ubuntu 12.04 in my usb Flash ( 8 Go) it seems too slow so what is best Linux distro to install on an usb Flash (full installation) ? :)
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Why does distro matter? [closed]

From my understanding of Linux, all distros are are just a bunch of pre-packaged packages. In theory, couldn't I start with Ubuntu and eventually turn it into something similar to #! only by ...
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What version of Ubuntu is right for my computer? [duplicate]

I want to change operating systems from Windows XP to Ubuntu. System Info • Microsoft Windows XP Professional 2002 Service Pack 3 • Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz • 5GB RAM What is the best version of ...
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What about a Distro dedicated to engineers? [closed]

I am Raihan Ali. I am an civil engineering student. I am looking for a distro dedicated to engineers. I want a distro fully loaded with engineering tools. Is there any distro like this? Thanks in ...
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What ubuntu version should install for a Toshiba Satellite l305d (64 kb)

I bought a Toshiba Satellite L305D-SP6805R, It comes with an ATI Radeon HD 3100 graphics card, an AMD Athlon X2 64-bits processor. I’ve tried to install in Ubuntu and Fedora, but all of them have ...
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Sites with guides or blogs about installing Linux on low-end or low resource hardware

I'm looking for a website where people share stories and guidance on successfully installing Linux distros on low-end and low resource PCs or other devices (Raspberry Pi for example). I prefer Ubuntu ...
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What are the system requirements for each flavour of Ubuntu Desktop?

I'm thinking about installing Ubuntu Desktop, but I don't know what flavor is the best for my system. What are the minimum and recommended hardware requirements? What kind of CPU? How much memory? ...
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Wireless problems ubuntu 12.04 edubuntu

I tried to go from normal ubuntu 12.04 to edubuntu 12.04 because I had some problems with my wireless connection. The problem still occurs in edubuntu, the wifi symbol says that I got signal but when ...
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Best ubuntu/linux distro for latitude d620 ( school, light browsing)

I'm new to Linux and I want to know which Ubuntu/Linux distro I should use to get the best experience. I'll mainly use it for school work and light browsing (YouTube, Google) It should be easy to use ...
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Ubuntu on a Windows ME PC

Will Ubuntu ore Lubuntu work on my old Windows ME PC, or will I have to try an older edition of L/Ubuntu -If so what version?
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Where can I find stories from people moving from a Windows OS? [closed]

I am seeking a place where to find stories of individuals and businesses that may have switched from a Windows OS to Ubuntu and were/are happy with their switch and why?
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What Ubuntu distribution do I want?

I am a video gamer. I also want Linux, so I came to Ubuntu. Only one question remains: Do I want the "cutting-edge" Ubuntu 13.04, supported for 9 months, or the 12.04 "extended support" version, ...
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*buntu setup for Granny [closed]

I'm trying to setup a *buntu system for grandma. Her needs are a browser, a text processer (libreoffice will be fine), being able to watch youtube and not being able to get into too much trouble ...
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Which flavor I should use for a P4, 512 RAM? [duplicate]

I have bee months trying to revive a PC that is so old, people that I told about it just say to junk it. But I believe that there is a Linux OS out there that can help me out. The Type of PC that I'm ...
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How to run Ubuntu without GUI in Virtual Box?

I have a Windows XP laptop, in which I run VirtualBox with the latest Ubuntu, my hardware is little old, so running the latest version of Ubuntu inside Virtual box is kind of a hassle, very slow ...
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New Box, new to linux, would love advice [closed]

Looking for recommendations on best distro for specs. Tried Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 and both ran extremely slowly. Motherboard - Biostar A780L3C Processor - AMD Anthlon ii X3 445 3.1GHz Memory - 8Gb ...
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What version of Ubuntu can I run on my old PC? [duplicate]

I have an old PC Specs: CPU:733 MHZ RAM:128 MB VGA :32 MB I tried to run Ubuntu 8.0 on it, but when the PC tries to log in to the Ubuntu it stops and doesn't do anything. I think that the RAM ...
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Ubuntu distribution for a broadcom bcm4313 wireless driver and an nvidia 630 graphics adapter

I've struggled with driver issues in the last few Ubuntu versions I am currently using an HP DV6 laptop that has a Broadcom BCM4313 wireless driver and the nvidia 630GTM graphics (optimus) driver. I ...
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Lubuntu with only Ubuntu's workspace/tiling features

I searched around for a long time but found nothing. I am moving from Ubuntu to Lubuntu. Everything is great (I am okay with the bland style) except for three features that I use regularly in Ubuntu....
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Which version of Ubuntu is recommended for Samsung N270 notebook? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find out which version and derivate of Ubuntu is right for my hardware in terms of minimal system requirements? I have just installed 12.04 LTS 32-bit because it was ...
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Can windows XP be better than any Ubuntu (and Linux) distro for an old PC? [closed]

The old laptop is this Toshiba 1800-100: CPU: Intel Celeron 800Mh Ram 128 MB (works ok) HDD: 15 GB (works ok) Graphics adapter: Integrated 64-bit AGP graphics accelerator, BitBIT, 3D graphic ...
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How do I find out which version and derivative of Ubuntu is right for my hardware in terms of minimal system requirements?

For a given hardware configuration, how do I find out if Ubuntu will run on it? What considerations should I take into account when choosing an Ubuntu version and flavour such as: Xubuntu with a ...
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What Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools are available?

Today, I was asked to look for Scientific version(s) of Ubuntu. They actually are looking for tools to perform DNA sequence analysis, protein verification, estimations, and many biology related tasks. ...
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Ubuntu suggestion to dual boot with windows in a lightweight PC

I'm using widows xp(32 bit). The hardware details for my computer are: Pentium 4 cpu 1.6 GHz, 1 gb RAM, 80 gb hard disk. no graphics card Is Ubuntu 9.10 will be a best option in dual ...
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Distro for “Prehistoric” Windows NT Laptop? [closed]

While doing some "Spring Cleaning" I found an extremely old laptop gathering dust, so I decided to resurrect it. It surprisingly still works flawlessly, on Windows NT. I tried installing a few ...
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What is the difference between 12.04 Desktop & 12.04 Server images [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between the server version and the desktop version? I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop version on my machine and I am using it as DHCP Server come ...
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Ubuntu or Xubuntu for old PC with P4 2.8Ghz, 2GB RAM?

What should I install on an older PC with a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz processor and 2GB RAM? Ubuntu 12.04 or Xubuntu 12.04? Or lets ask: would Xubuntu run much smoother than Ubuntu on this old computer?
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Multiboot System Advice?

I'm thinking about doing a multiboot install on my laptop. I have 250GB of HDD space. I want my main partition to be Ubuntu, and I want to keep everything on there (Media, preferences, etc.) rather ...
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Which distro should I use on an IBM ThinkPad T41 for speed? [closed]

I am planning to install Ubuntu on my old laptop - IBM ThinkPad T41. The laptop has 1 GB RAM, 50 GB hard disk, 1.6-GHz Pentium M processor and 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics card. I would ...
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What is the difference between minimal, desktop & server Editions?

I just want to know, what is the difference between ubuntu Minimal, Desktop & Server Editions? How they differ? is it by performance? If yes which one is recommended for a normal user and which ...
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Advice on linux distros for a charity

I'm doing a non profit job for my work where we are setting up Internet for the children ward at the local hospital. We want a client server architecture, we have a server pc and about 7 other medium ...
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Ubuntu or XUbuntu on old computer

We've got an old computer at home which has really been left unused for a few years. It was the 'family computer' for a few years, and it is absolutely clogged down with programs, and runs so slowly ...
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What's the easiest installation for a home server, Ubuntu Desktop or Ubuntu Server?

I have a Dell Server on which I've been running Microsoft Server 2008, I want to turn it into a simple home server for file sharing and media streaming. I'm fairly new to Linux, but understand a lot. ...
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Which release should I use for an ACER Aspire 1640 laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 1640 laptop with the following specs: Processor: Intel Centrino 1.7 cache 2MB RAM: 1 GB Hard disk: 60 GB Which Ubuntu release should I use? I am new to Linux.
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Which Ubuntu is oriented to programming and robotics? server, desktop or other distro? [closed]

Well, rather than a question is an opinion from you, it goes well, What version of ubuntu is better oriented programming to robotics or anything related to programming languages ​​(like C, perl, c + +,...
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What version of Ubuntu can I run on an old desktop? [duplicate]

What version of Ubuntu can I run on an old desktop? Also, can I revert to old style navigation in 11.10? I have a P4 3ghz 1 gb ram 160 gb HDD graphics: VESA: 6330 I installed 11.10, but it is slow.
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Which is the best Ubuntu Flavor for an old laptop? [duplicate]

I have a very old Toshiba laptop. Specs can be found here. What would be the best distribution for this machine? Does anyone have some suggestions? I only have 512 MB of RAM.
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Desktop edition to Server edition and support

Ubuntu Desktop will receive 3 years of support, while Ubuntu Server will be supported for 5 years. Well this is what ubuntu server faq says. So my question is can I change a desktop edition to ...
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What's the difference between the server version and the desktop version?

What's the difference between the server version of Ubuntu and the desktop version?