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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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List of binary compatible Linux derivates

I'm looking for an overview of binary compatible linux derivates to enterprise Linux versions. A usable definition of this compatibility is given on Wikipedia. I already know candidates for this: ...
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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

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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Premade Virtualbox images

Long story short, I am trying to find a pre-made Linux development environment for VirtualBox so I don't have to worry about installing a distro, getting all packages installed, and so forth, since ...
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Which Linux distribution does Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit use?

Most probably customize the hell out of the base distributions, but I was wondering which one is more popular among most startups...RHEL, ubuntu, fedora, centos..etc ?
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How do different Linux distributions handle multiple cores and multi-threading?

I realize that by asking this question I have already labeled myself as "unprepared" for high-performance workstations, but whatever, you have to start somewhere! I would like to know how different ...
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Is there a distro with the official packages? [closed]

Every distribution of Linux I find has its own version for everything (specially Firefox). Is there a distro with the original packages, updated when Firefox (or any other) make a release, and not ...
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Gentoo Alternative for Netbook [closed]

I've been working for 6 years with Gentoo. I love all configuration and installation options, the pretty colorful init toolchain and portage, but I absolutely hate compiling software, since it lasts ...
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most appropriate distro or setup to ensure root filesystem is never changed

I have a project I'm doing where I just want the computer to start up, run an application, and shut down. I don't want any data (log files, etc) to be saved and I want the drive to be clean (and ...
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run a script on startup in an ISO without remastering?

Is it possible to mount a partition on the hard drive that somehow is also scanned along with rc.local (or wherever the appropriate startup files go)? I want to boot a live image and have something ...
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Is there a stable Linux distro using btrfs?

I'm a big fan of ZFS on FreeBSD (I've been using it on my home server since before it got stable; bleeding edge, baby!) and I'd like to try out btrfs to see how that's evolving. Since it's still ...
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Market Share Points of Linux Server Distributions [closed]

Which distribution does have best market share rates? Is it still CentOS? I'm guessing Ubuntu server has already overtaken others. But I'm not sure. Is there a reliable document about this?
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Which rolling release distribution? [closed]

i would like to suggest me a good rolling release distribution. I use ubuntu, but I would like a distribution that allows me to tinker more with stuff and learn more about linux instead of offering an ...
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Where historic Linux distributions can be found? [closed]

Where one can find ancient Linux distribution installation images (ISO) such as RedHat Linux 5 (not RHEL), early versions of Mandrake Linux?
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Do distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora costomize their own kernels?

As I was trying to do some patching on Ubuntu's kernel I've found out kernel.org's patches cannot be merged correctly with the kernel source. I'm wondering if distributions like Ubuntu have their own ...
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Need advice on virtualisation software and a suitable Linux distro

I'm looking for reasonably user-friendly, free virtualisation software that I can run on Windows 7. I want to install a Linux distro (though I don't know which one yet). Can anyone recommend the ...
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Linux distribution with good OSS support

I hate the Linux audio systems. It's a mess, everyone knows about it, no one tries to fix it. Anyway, OSS is my choice usually since it supports my sound card, it works just perfectly. Almost no ...
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Linux on a p3 Comuter

I have an aopen p3 computer that is ten years old, I've tried installing Ubuntu 10.4 several times and it won't take. I've burned the cd's, bought a commercial version, tried to use wubi that won't ...
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Distributing binary with dependencies in Linux

I'm developing a cross-platform application and I'm having trouble with distributing a Linux binary. In Windows the dll's were - libsndfile-1.dll lua5.1.dll lua51.dll openal32.dll sfml-audio.dll ...
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What OS is recommended, Windows or Linux? [closed]

So I am about to buy a new laptop and was wondering what OS I should commit to. I have been using Windows XP for quite some time and feel it's time to move on. I have heard Windows 7 has been ...