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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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'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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which flavor of ubuntu? [closed]

This question has historical significance from the Ask Ubuntu Beta. It is not considered a "constructive" question, as per the FAQ. My first question regarded a fresh install on my ubuntu box. ...
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Most non tech savvy friendly Ubuntu version for a company to implement?

For a company with non tech savvy computer users who will mainly need to upload/save pictures, send/receive emails, play solitaire/euchre, print envelopes, and manage taxes, what Ubuntu version would ...
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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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Can all flavours of Ubuntu 16.04 run the same programs?

So I've a feeling this is a very noob question but... Is the only difference between flavors of Ubuntu the graphical interfaces and installed packages? Will they all be equally capable of running ...
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Is it risky to update my Linux Kernel to latest stable version when running Ubuntu?

Please, I would like to know how risky it can be to update the kernel of Ubuntu to the latest stable version. Currently, I am running Kubuntu 17.04 which uses the kernel 4.10.0-22-generic. The latest ...
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Do I need ubuntu-desktop if I'm using i3?

I've found that I like using i3-wm manager and now I never use GNOME, which is the base distro I have installed. I'm wondering if I want to do a fresh install and I know I want to use a tiling ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Which Lubuntu Next LXQt distro is the current one?

I want to download the current Lubuntu Next 17.10 version with LXQt, but I found two folders on its servers. Why are they separate, when they appear to be the same: 17.10 == artful. They contains ...
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Fully GUI-orientated Linux Distro [closed]

I have one simple question: Is there a Linux Distro available that is as user friendly as Windows or Mac, and completely GUI orientated (Zero or minimal terminal action needed)? I have tried Fedora, ...
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Is Ubuntu unstable or is it just my computer?

Three days ago, Ubuntu crashed (not responding), and I typed ALT + Print + Reisub , it restarted as usual, but displayed a System is running in low-graphics mode message. When I type my login ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the BunsenLabs version of Ubuntu?

I love Debian, but I dislike desktop managers. Trying to set up Openbox by myself was confusing, so I was thrilled when I discovered BunsenLabs. However, a lot of applications that call themselves "...
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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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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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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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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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Which Ubuntu for ARM cpu do I need

I'm planning on buying a single board computer that I would like to install Ubuntu server on. The problem is that I don't know which file I should download. I've taken a look at this page: www.ubuntu....
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New to Ubuntu/Linux - Which distro should I install? [closed]

I'm switching over from Windows 7 to Ubuntu (basically because I want to try something new). I'm a basic user; I really only use my PC for iTunes, Web Browsing, some Steam gaming, and multimedia ...
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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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Ubuntu 32bit NTFS ISO Available, or, How to Convert to NTFS Using mkisofs?

I'd like to install 32-bit Ubuntu (any flavor) on an old 2017ish Win8Pro Dell Latitude 10 ST2 tablet. Official online support docs say my device can boot to USB ISO, but that it only supports NTFS. I ...
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How to create an Ubuntu distro from VirtualBox Ubuntu Image? [duplicate]

I have an UbuntuServer installed and filled with packages that I need, and it's ready for work. Can I make a distro from VirtualBox image of UbuntuServer in to .iso installable file with all the ...
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Ubuntu based distro with slim storage footprint [duplicate]

I am looking to install Linux on a new laptop I have, with only 64gb of storage. I am curious if there are any sources that compare the base install size of various distros. I am not looking to go ...
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Should I install 32-bit OS or 64-bit? [duplicate]

CPUinfo: Architecture: i686 CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit Byte Order: Little Endian CPU(s): 2 On-line CPU(s) list: 0,1 Thread(s) per core: 1 Core(s) ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10 do not perform well for me. What should I install instead? [duplicate]

In another question of mine, I reported that Ubuntu wasn't working well, and the only answer I got said that Ubuntu 17.10 has bad memory usage, and recommended I move from Ubuntu to Xubuntu, Lubuntu, ...
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How to create a new linux distro [duplicate]

I want to create a new linux distro with customized name,customized wallpaper,customized packages etc.Can i do it keeping ubuntu 14.04 as base and installing packages etc on it. Also i have ...
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What version of Ubuntu for a Compaq Armada E500?

The machine runs windows 98SE at the moment. I would like to install ubuntu on this 15 year old laptop and maybe use it as a reddit machine or run some emulators on it (haven't decided yet). SPECS: ...
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What is the lightest linux os for older computer [duplicate]

I have a computer that has 2 gb ram and not very good other features.I want to run Android Developer Studio on this computer and I want to use linux distribution.Which linux distribution can I use ? ...
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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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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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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.