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Which Linux OS Dist is most python friendly? [closed]

I am a mid-level python developer interested primarily in creating WSGI-based web apps. I have a working knowledge of *nix but not of sysadmin. I will be working from command line. Which Linux OS ...
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Is there a distribution defaulting to GNOME 3 Classic Mode? [closed]

For some reason, Ubuntu has defaulted to the Unity desktop, a desktop which really makes sense on a tablet. Does anyone know if there is a GNOME 3 distribution based/defaulting to GNOME 3 classic ...
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Are there any linux distributions similar to RedHat 5 Enterprise?

I want to install RedHat 5 Enterprise Edition server on my home PC. I will install servers and clients on virtual machines using Virtual box and study server-client structure at home. But RedHat EE is ...
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What is the difference between the Linux distros?

What is the difference between the several GNU/Linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora? Before brickbats fly for asking an oft repeated question, I am talking of differences related to the internal ...
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Small linux distro that to run in a VM and which has JRE

I'm looking for smallest linux distro with a GUI that natively runs JRE. DSL doesn't have JRE and I don't really want to spend 15 hours trying to figure out how to install it. I'm looking for ...
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Minimal Gnu/Linux distribution to run only Firefox and Thunderbird [closed]

I usually run Ubuntu on my notebook, and I'm pretty happy with it, execept for the boot time : my laptop is pretty old, and Ubuntu takes about 50 seconds to boot. Of course, that's not bad compared ...
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Query what Linux/Unix distribution you're using (from the command-line) [duplicate]

When using an unfamiliar Linux/BSD/Unix computer (e.g. by SSH) from the command line, how can you tell what distribution (and what version of that distribution) you're using? Some options I've tried: ...
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Linux Web Kiosk which boots faster

Here is the scenario. I've to build a cheap kiosk that should show a specific website only. Since its a web kiosk i dont think there will be a need of powerful processor or HDD.. So i have an idea of ...
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Disk Partitioning and a Weird dev Configuration, how to fix?

I want to dual boot Fedora and openSuse since I'm testing them out. I need a stable linux work machine for my thesis, and I'm wary of using the latest Ubuntu (Debian is a good candidate, but I am so ...
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Is dual-booting more secure than having a single operating system installed?

I need some advice. I've recently become wary about using one computer for everything I do, from a security perspective. I have antimalware installed, but I also download and run a lot of stuff I find ...
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Are there long term support distros that offer Gnome 3 as their primary desktop environment?

Are there long term support distros that offer Gnome 3 as their primary desktop environment? I know ubuntu offers native Gnome3, for example, but since the focus of Ubuntu is on Unity, I'd be afraid ...
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How to install skype in an ALT Linux distro (Simply Linux 6)

I've installed Simply Linux 6 (a distro by ALT Linux Team which based on the "p6" branch of their package repository; ftp, torrent). Now I want to use Skype, but there is no skype package in the list ...
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Linux terms a newbie should know about [closed]

I'm new to Linux, particularly the distributions I'm using - Ubuntu and openSUSE. I've looked on the Internet for how to install software on these operating systems, but I can't seem to understand ...
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Which Linux distro does not require me to upgrade very often?

I don't want to start a holy war, I just want to know which distro will be best for me specifically. I'm currently running Fedora-13, which is in EOL. So I did a little more research — probably ...
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How to install linux to some physical computers efficiently

I want to build a distributed computational environments. I'm going to use Ubuntu Server as OS. How to install Ubuntu Server to some(15) physical computers efficiently. The most better technique is ...
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How to build a linux distribution based on ubuntu/debian/mint easily?

Is there a tool or tutorial to build a distro based on mint/ubuntu/debian? Git, scripts, and tools, small compilations for branding are OK. Compiling kernel, x11, gnome, compiz, etc. is BAD unless ...
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Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 or Scientific Linux 6/6.01 [closed]

I am going to install either Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 or Scientific Linux 6/6.01 but I don't really know which one to choose? I want: the best environment for web development the least hassle to ...
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Lightweight linux distro for web developer with slow computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight GUI Linux distribution for really old computer I temporarily have to use a slow computer: 1.2 Ghz P3 384 MB RAM On my usual computer, I use Ubuntu with ...
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How to make a debian based distro?

Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc are based on Debian. What does that mean. How I can make my own distro based on debian.
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Setting up a computer for users with limited computer knowledge [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Linux Distributions for Newbies I will be setting up a computer for people who have very little experience using computers and I want to limit their ability to ...
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Which UNIX or Linux distribution works on a Dell M5010 without having to compile any drivers?

I want to have UNIX or Linux on my laptop but I found that the wireless did not work on all the ones I tried. I have not tried again for over 6 months but don't have the time to experiment. It took me ...
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Linux distro with just busybox and bash?

I just want a linux distro that boots fast, has a bash terminal (no gui) and busybox. Is there any such distro or is it hard to compile a kernel and just make one myself?
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Preserve files accross reboots of live cd

I want to boot the 'Finnix' distro from a usb. I have unetbootin which can set it up on the usb, but it can't allow me to preserve files after rebooting. Is there anyway to do this, maybe do it ...
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Linux distro for booting from USB and automatically running a script

I want a lightweight CLI only Linux distribution that can rapidly boot from a USB stick, run a script by itself at startup and then shut down the computer. All of this without any user intervention ...
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Amazon Linux AMI release 2010.11.1 corresponds to which RHEL version (4/5/6)?

I am using the default Amazon Linux AMI in an EC2 instance - Amazon Linux AMI release 2010.11.1. I can see that it's a Redhat based system, but after trying many tools (/etc/issues, uname -a, ...
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What Linux Distrobution would be a good fit for a web developer? [closed]

I'm thinking about switching to Linux (again). Mainly because miss the bash terminal. My current server is running Ubuntu and I've used Ubuntu desktop in the past so I'm not a newbie to linux, but I ...
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Problem In getting alien package converter update in Ubuntu 9.04

I have to convert a .rpm file into the .deb file to install VMware server into my ubuntu... I am facing a problem in downlaoding the update...can anyoneone guide me through the process...I tried sudo ...
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Switching Linux Distribution, separate /home partition

Well, I updated to Ubuntu 11.04 and let's just say, it's time for a new distribution. I have my /home directory mounted on it's own partition (which has been a life saver, btw) and I was wondering if ...
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Linux distribution with preference for permissive licenses

Is there a Linux distribution with a preference for permissive free software licenses (such as the BSD license), or, in other words, for avoiding GPL and other copyleft licenses? I do know about the ...
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Linux Mint or Ubuntu installation? [closed]

I am intending to install either Linux Mint or Ubuntu distribution. But I am not sure which distribution to go far, as I have read online that Linux Mint comes with many features such as flash ...
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What is the most popular replacement distro for OLPC? [closed]

I want to get rid of OLPC XO-1's builtin distribution (mostly because it's impossibly slow to use for anything, even browser and pdf reader). What's the most popular replacement distro for this?
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what's the difference between /dev/hdc, /dev/sr0, /dev/cdrom

I created 2 virtual machines with VMware Workstation 7. They have identical hardwares. One guest is CentOS 5.6, another is Mandriva 2011. When I try to mount the cdrom in guest OS, in CentOS, I should ...
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Distribution vs Development Release [Linux]

I was browsing DistroWatch.com and I was wondering what is the difference between a Distribution and a Development Release in linux. Can anyone enlighten me....
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SSH host authenticity issue

I'm receiving the wonderful "The authenticity of host xx can't be established." message when attempting to SSH into a box. I have two systems that recently swapped names. My system is a RHEL5.6 box. ...
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Is there a tool similar to microsoft system centre configuration manager available on in Linux?

I am looking out for a tool similar to microsoft system centre configuration manager on linux platform which is available with GNU license and that can be used for doing multiple tasks like to ...
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Which 64-bit desktop Linux (GUI) distribution can I run on an Intel processor, especially in VirtualBox on Mac OS X?

Which 64-bit desktop Linux (GUI) distribution can I run on an Intel processor, especially in VirtualBox on Mac OS X? Ubuntu 32-bit works well. Ubuntu 64-bit is for amd64 only, I think. I know Mac OS ...
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Notebook Operating System with extreme support cycles/security updates [closed]

I'm a long-time Apple User since 1992, have always felt at home there, but I've am currently looking to switch to an alternative Operating System. I've also been working with Unix machines since ...
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Can't install software from Ubuntu software center

I've been experimenting with Ubuntu 10.04(64bit) inside a VirtualBox VM. This isn't my first experience with Linux, but I'm still very much a Linux noob. Whenever I try to install software from ...
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Installing Cent OS using Windows

I downloaded centos from their official bittorrent.It contained two iso files and md5sum.txt,sha1sum.txt and sha256sum.txt and also md5sum.txt.asc,sha1sum.txt.asc and sha256sum.txt.asc.Now when I ...
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How to kickstart Red Hat from DVD

I learnt that there is a way where we can automate the installation of Red Hat using a kickstart script. However, everywhere they talk about doing that from bootable floppy image. I have a single DVD ...
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Unix/BSD/Linux distro livecd without a desktop

Unix/BSD/Linux distro LiveCD without a desktop. Are there any pre-spun distros out there of something unix-ish that doesn't have a desktop? Or maybe just a tabbed/tiling window manager. A plus would ...
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Updating Python on Ubuntu system

I want to update the Python build on my Linux box, but the only way I know how to do it is uninstalling the current version and installing the new one. My system is already up to date (I updated ...
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What is stable as Ubuntu in kernel space, but also cutting-edge as Fedora in user land?

I am a long time Fedora user (since Fedora 6). Previously I have used Gentoo (for 2 years) and Slackware (for 5 years). The thing I liked about Fedora is frequency of package updates + great ...
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Mainstream Linux on 1GB HDD

I've decided to start learning Linux + Ruby + RoR (Ruby on Rails). The problem is the only personal computer I have is a laptop with 1GB flash card and I can't afford to buy more hardware right now. ...
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Linux as a host with multiple Windows XP virtual machines

I am tierd or how my computer slows down... no matter what I do eventually it gets slower. I think I need a new system, a new way of doing things. Recently, for an unrelated matter I have been ...
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Which Linux Mint flavor is most suited for a 2.6Ghz + 500MB RAM computer? [closed]

I've tried Ubuntu, and while enjoyed it, couldn't run more than one program before the computer felt slow. Linux Mint has these different versions: Linux Mint Gnome Linux Mint XFCE Linux Mint ...
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A good linux distro apart from ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distributions comparison hi all, I am a student of Computer Science and I have been using Ubuntu for almost 4 years now. However i am a bit disappointed from ...
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Virtualization - which host + guest?

I'm going to run virtual machine ( guest Linux & Windows ) on linux 64-bit distribution. I tired Open Suse with Xen but snapshot with xen aren't friendly. I will think about VirtualBox but on ...
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Basic Linux distribution to learn how to administrate / install packages?

I use a remote linux server to host websites (typically LAMP, although i'm beginning to branch out) I'd like to install a very basic version of linux on a spare laptop i have so that i can try to ...
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How to obtain an old linux distribution?

Is it possible to download load distribution of linux, even the old distributions have kernel 2.6.x.x but I need a distribution with 2.4 kernel. Is it possible to recompile the 2.4 kernel on a ...