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Best looking unix distros available freely [on hold]

I wanted to install a new unix based OS on my old machine Pentium 4 processor I was trying to find a better looking distros other than ubuntu. Any recommendations?
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How does one identify the linux distro in use?

What I normally do to at least get some idea of what branch we're talking about, I try to run apt-get, pacman, yum and all other common package managers that I can remember off the top of my head, but ...
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What makes Kali Linux different from other Linux distros for it to be used exclusively for hacking and penetration testing?

I have been asked to first start using Kali Linux and get used to the bash before doing anything in hacking. I was wondering what is so special in Kali Linux that I cannot do on Ubuntu or any other ...
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Ubuntu as a separate OS v/s Wubi

Due to some hardware problem, I am unable to use both my DVD drive and the bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu as a separate OS alongside Windows 7. I came across WUBI. I was wondering if there would ...
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How to enable lock screen & re-login with password in linux using Xset if possible?

I am trying to write a single script to work on all the linux distros which when executed should lock the screen after a defined period of inactivity. On wake up it should ask for password to ...
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How does Chromium OS choose its fonts?

I just started to use Chromium OS. I'm just wondering how does Chromium OS configure its fonts settings (which file it uses), I don't guess it's in /etc/fonts/conf.avail. And Chromium OS has a good ...
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Can't install grub on MBR, encountered an error “Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda”

I want to install a linux distribution on my computer. I have a SSD and an HDD. The SSD has Windows 8.1 and I partitioned 200 gigs from my 1 TB HDD to install linux. The linux installation was going ...
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What GNOME/Xfce based distros work out of the box with Nvidia cards?

I'm trying out linux distros. My desktop has an Nvidia GTX 460 card. Does any one have recommendations for 64 bit linux distros - derived from either Debian/Ubuntu or Redhat- which have 3d hardware ...
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How to change default language in Knoppix ISO?

Is it possible to modify the default language in the Knoppix ISO file instead of manually changing it during boot? Distro in question: KNOPPIX_V7.2.0CD-2013-06-16-EN.iso Note: Latest versions are ...
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how do I copy a (bootable) linux distribution across devices?

how do I copy a (bootable) linux distribution across devices? this is useful, e.g., if I have a bootable partition running linux (possibly but not necessarily running), and I now want to copy it to a ...
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installing software repository error message

I am trying to install Team Viewer locally from USB drive. I downloaded it from the Web (teamviewer_linux.rpm). I am getting following error message: [Errno 14] Could not open/read ...
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Is udisks used in all Linux distros?

I am creating a program that uses UDisks2 and was wondering which distros use this to have an idea on what I support. Is there a way to find out?
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accessing bitlocker volumes in redhat linux

I have a laptop running windows 7 ultimate. I have encrypted my drives using bitlocker. Now I have also installed redhat linux 6.0 along with windows. But my encrypted drives are not visible in linux. ...
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How to get original library/package version from rpm package version?

I use Centos 7 and I need to know what is my version of Xdmx. rpm -qa and yum list installed return version of rpm package which, I think, is different from original Xdmx version. $yum list ...
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Is there any only-terminal linux live usb distro?

I was looking for distro with not GUI that I could use in a live USB. The idea is that when I turn the computer on and choose to boot from the USB I could get only a terminal from which I could ...
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Running native applications on the Linux Kernel

When the Linux kernel has loaded it loads the distro or OS to take over, how can I make the kernel load some native application (written in c) instead? I don't need a GUI or anything, Instead I want ...
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How to spilt a bootable linux distro iso file onto multiple dvds or cds?

I have customized a centOS distro , by including some packages such as VLC,eclipse etc. but now the size of distro exceeds 7.42 gb. I want to : split the large distro iso into multiple small iso ...
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Split & burn ISO of more than 20 gb to multiple DVDs

I have customized a CentOS distro with custom packages but now I have issues related to its distribution since its size is around 24GB! i.e.: I want to split my large ISO in multiple small ISOs so ...
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Metasploitable_2 (Cannot issue apt-get to update or install any packages)?

I just setup Metasploitable 2 on VMware Fusion. I downloaded the image from here. I've booted it up and everything and can navigate around but would like to run a apt-get install update and possible ...
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Small bootable package to enable ssh client?

I've been trying to find the smallest possible package to put on a cd/thumbdrive that will allow me to use an ssh client on a wired networked computer. I'm talking about really barebones stuff, no ...
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How to move linux distros without losing data

If I have these locations all on separate partitions: /usr /usr/local /opt /home How can I remove Ubuntu (for example) and install Mint and lose no data? How would I preserve installed packages ...
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Is there anything else required to make a copy of whole OS boot?

I have just installed Lubuntu onto usb(using unetbootin).Now I want to copy all the files on that usb onto a new usb to make it boot Lubuntu too. Will this work or is there anything else required to ...
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Minimal OS with less background process [closed]

I am currently doing experiments on L1/L2/L3 cache. Measurement of L1/L2/L3 cache access time fully depends on where is my current data present, and that also depends on background process of OS ...
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How to setup a LAN network in Wireless? [closed]

I know the way to give a IP and make a network in wired system. But having no idea, How to make a network in Wireless system. I would like to do a home network with 4 laptop. One laptop is wifi ...
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Kali Linux and base distribution?

I need to setup a VM for Kali Linux. I've looked around Kali's website, but I can't determine what the base distro is. Does anyone know what distro its based upon?
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Linux distro in Windows LAN [closed]

For a destop PC to be used in a Windows network, e.g. DHCP/DNS server runing Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server running the same OS, all other clients runing xp, which would be the most convinient ...
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Linux distribution detection with Nmap

When I run Nmap with OS detection it delivers the kernel version of the Linux host instead of the name of the Distribution. Nessus does Os detection based on banners ...
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Accidentally xkilled desktop and taskbar on linux

I was on CentOS with KDE, and I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Alt+Esc, and then clicked the desktop, and the taskbar. Only the mouse pointer worked now. My short research showed that this is xkill, and it ...
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How can I find out what distro I am running? [duplicate]

I have been assigned to do a job on a server but am unsure what dist is running. /proc/version tells me: Linux version 2.6.18-194.26.1.el5.028stab079.2 (root@rhel5-build-x64) (gcc version 4.1.2 ...
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Need advice with making a customized linux distribution (From scratch or pre-existing distro?)

I'm working on an application on a bootable USB drive that runs at startup (doesn't give the user access to anything but this program). I figured I'd utilize an existing distribution, strip it of ...
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Browser only linux distribution

I had set up moodle server for teaching students at my department. We have 2 computer rooms that are used by students for accessing this server and completing quizzes. Currently all computers have ...
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How can I see what version of Linux I'm running? [duplicate]

What's the Linux command that outputs the OS version? Like Winver.exe on Windows.
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Linux on SUA. Any active projects?

I would like to know whether besides the following attempt http://www.debian-interix.net/ to port the entire set of tools which come with the most popular Linux systems to Windows systems with SUA ...
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User install package generates email

I wanted to know that is there any mechanism that when user install/uninstall any package by sudo. Its generates email and send it to the root's email address. I am using centos 6.4 and usually ...
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Show hidden folders and files on Fedora 19

I'm in the middle of a migration from Ubuntu to Fedora. How do I make Nautilis in Fedora show the hidden files and folders (those with a dot)? It's Nautilus 3.8.2, if I go to Preferences and choose ...
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Is possible to RemasterCentos 6?

I have fully configured machine running Centos 6 for my own software development. I want to replicate the configuration of this machine to another machine without needing to set up everything again ...
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Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware?

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware? Ideally I'd like to take it with me to a second hand shop, boot it up and run a quick round of diagnostics on hardware. It must have both ...
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run a bash script at logoff, shutdown, and restart on Linux

I need to run a bash script each time a Debian-esque thick client logs off, shuts down, or restarts. Outside of that, it can be any distro, desktop environment, window manager, or otherwise ...
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How do I install multiple OSes on a USB flash drive?

I would like to try out different Linux distros on the go using a USB flash drive. Is it possible to install multiple Linux OSes on a single USB drive?
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Why Ubuntu has a so large number of available packages if compared to other Linux distros? [closed]

According to the Wikipedia comparison tables, Ubuntu has ~47K available packages, while other major distros, under this particular aspect, have a smaller number. I.E. openSUSE has ~40K, Debian ~37K, ...
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What are the differences between “enterprise” and “home” Linux distributions?

Simply as the title says, what are the main differences between these two kind of distributions? Being Linux basically suited to be tailored to each own preferences and fully customizable in every ...
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Gentoo Upgrading

I have times were my PC catches dust (i.e. for months it sits in the corner, unplugged). Traditionally I have a gentoo installed and I like it very much in general. The only problem is, that once I do ...
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How to choose the best Linux distro depending on your hardware [closed]

I have a centrino 1.7 GHz with 512 RAM. It is an old computer. I tried to google for something that could ease my chose for a good linux distro that would run smooth on that computer and still being ...
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Recommended replacement for Fuduntu (a discontinued Linux distro) [closed]

I have a laptop which gets very hot. And as we know, heat is bad for the Lithium battery. So I wanted to install a distro which was lightweight and kept my laptop cool. I came to know about this ...
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yaourt asking “please run yaourt as a non-privileged user”

This is a newbie question: why does yaourt in Arch Linux always warn you to "please run yaourt as a non-privileged user"? I am running the following: $ sudo yaourt <package-name> ... to ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive explanation of hard drive partitioning? [closed]

I have been messing around with linux distros and have been asked to create partitions. I generally just click through the standard options without really knowing what I am doing. Since this kind of ...
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How to find the right Linux Distribution? [duplicate]

I am going to be getingt a new laptop soon. I have been using Windows till now but have had some experience with Linux too. Now I want to completely shift towards Linux and for that purpose I was ...
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Files with write permission for all in /proc directory on CentOS 6.4

While searching for files writable by others, I'm coming across many files available in subdirectories of /proc. I'm not much aware of the usage of these files, but curious to know whether if someone ...
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Linux and java development [closed]

Which of the following flavor of linux is suitable for Java development? Ubuntu Fedora Debian I am planning for web development and eclipse RCP application development using java on Linux ...
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Linux live-CD Distribution with partition resizing

I would like to install Linux besides my Windows 98 partition on an old laptop, but unfortunately the laptop is formatted with only one large partition. win98 doesen't offer to resize the partition ...