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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 ...
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Which Linux distribution is the most suitable one for a home-server? [closed]

Im building a custom homeserver, based on a RAID. My aim is to build a reliable fileserver, but I also want it to be capable of playing music (as it has an audio output), and streaming movies/music to ...
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Smallest linux with apt repositories?

Does someone knows a small linux distro that comes with apt package? I tried puppy linux and dsl, but I didn't like any of those. I am looking to setup a LAMP into a virtual machine with a small ...
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Red Hat vs. Fedora

I am confused between the 2 Linux Distros, (i) Red-Hat and (ii) Fedora . I had a belief that Red-Hat has been reduxed to make Fedora. However seems that is not the scenario. Further, when I tried to ...
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negative effect of running PAE kernel?

Fedora, and other distros install a PAE kernel if the hardware supports it. Are there any negative effect on running a PAE kernel on a machine with less than 3-4Gb ram ?
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Yggdrasil: Oldest Linux Distribution in CD

I wanted to try out Yggdrasil, one of the the oldest Linux distributions. I could not find an ISO image, but I could find the source files, I do not know how to install an OS from source files, can ...
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Cutting Ubuntu to the bone for Virtualbox VM

I've been looking around for a Linux variant which will install only the software I need rather than everything Ubuntu (for example) puts in by default. This is to create a virtual machine in ...
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A good Linux alternative to Ubuntu for a working environment

Im running a decent laptop with 3GB ram and 2GHz Core Duo. I use it mainly for working which requires several SSH and SFTP connections to servers and running a VM most of the time. Nothing much more ...
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Are drivers compatible between different Linux distributions?

If you have a device driver that works on one Linux distro, will it also work on another one?
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Is there a Linux distribution designed to connect to a Windows network quickly and easily out of the box?

I want to be able to connect these machines to the domain and use active directory on them.
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Are Linux distributions mutually compatible?

In other words, can an application that runs on one distro be simply copied and run on another distro?
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How to roll-your-own live CD for safe home browsing

I'm interested in booting-off-flash (i.e. like livecd) for more secure online banking at home. I like System Rescue CD, but AFAIK it doesn't have the wifi drivers. (These are convenient) Ubuntu ...
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Can I run SW on RHLE if it was built on Ubuntu

I built a qt application on Ubuntu karmic. I transferred the binary to a red hat Linux enteprise 5.3 system and when I click on the program it doesn't do anything. Are they compatible or am I ...
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Which Linux distro(s) are good for bleeding-edge software in their package managers?

I'm looking for a Linux distribution that will allow me to obtain bleeding-edge software through the package manager. I've looked at OpenSUSE, Fedora, and Ubuntu so far, and it looks like OpenSUSE and ...
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Sources for linux distros other than distrowatch

I'm collecting all linux distributions that are available on the internet as long as its free. And I found that distrowatch has lots, but then when I tried to download from their site. Its so slow ...
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Which Linux LiveCD is best in general use for fixing windows boxes?

Story: At our University, the tech help desk is decidedly low-tech. Virus outbreaks are frequent and users, of course, haven't backed up. Recently I pulled out a Linux LiveCD (Mint 8 for the curious) ...
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mini linux for browsing media playing

I'm looking for a small linux install (<100Mb) that can just run a browser and ideally a media player. It's to fit in a spare recovery partition on my laptop and be a quick boot for non-work stuff ...
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Most suitable Linux distro for a ~2003 laptop

I have a Dell Lattitude D600 laptop which has a Pentium M 1.6GHz CPU, an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 GPU and 512Mb RAM. It was bought ~2003. I'm looking at installing Linux on it but would like to know ...
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What command will tell me what version of Ubuntu I'm running?

I'm looking for a Unix/Linux command to determine what version of what distro I'm running. Specifically, I want to be able distinguish between Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10. I was thinking something along ...
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Easiest Linux distro creation

I have been trying to create my own customized distro of Linux (preferably some kind of Debian system like Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc). I want to make it specifically for playing games. This is just ...
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Linux for beginners: what's with all the different linux flavors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the differences between major Linux distributions? Will I notice? I'm completely new to linux, and the first thing that confuses me is all the different flavors. ...
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Apple Portuguese Keyboard and Compatibility with Various Linux Distributions

Certain Linux distributions, Ubuntu and Mandriva that I know of, have the proper keyboard mapping for me run them inside VMWare Fusion without having to do any special keyboard configuration with my ...
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Redeeming an old laptop

I have a 2001-vintage laptop that is getting so slow my kids won't even use it much anymore. Is there anything I can do that's free or inexpensive to make it more usable for light-duty use (web ...
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Linux distro for combination of home and work [closed]

What is the best linux distro for me? I am a web developer, but also i want to do some home stuff, like watching vids, editing vids, that stuff. I have a YouTube account, so that's why. Also a good ...
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What is the world's smallest-footprint LAMP stack? [closed]

What is the world's absolute smallest known VMWare/VirtualBox image supporting basic Apache/PHP/MySQL functionality? Before or after compression.
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I have a very old laptop, and would like a small linux distro for it

I have a very old laptop. It runs Windows ME, slowly. It has too little memory to run Ubunto off the CD. It showed the text/list based UI that gives the option of trying so or just installing it on ...
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RedHat for desktops

Is there any RedHat variant for desktops and FREE? If yes, is there any Wubi like tool that can be used to install from within Windows XP?
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How to know which Linux Distribution I'm using?

How to know which Linux Distribution I'm using? uname -a gives Linux xxxxxx.net 2.6.9-42.0.3.EL.wh1smp #1 SMP Fri Aug 14 15:48:17 MDT 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux How can I know this is ...
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Running linux over Windows

I'm learning linux (programming and working on shells) and would like to know of a good method to work on Windows and Linux simultaneously since I need to use both, windows for reading the tutorials ...
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What version of Linux to install on a laptop? [closed]

I have an ancient Toshiba 4600 Satellite Pro laptop. It has WinXP, and it's no longer responding. (See http://superuser.com/questions/70312/winxp-apps-wont-end) So, I figured it's time to try ...
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Ubuntu vs Kubuntu: The closest Windows experience

For an experienced Windows user wanting to start experimenting with Linux, which distro provides the closest Windows experience? Assuming the use cases enumerated below: Web browsing Working with ...
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What's the difference between the different flavors of linux?

I'm not extremely linux familiar, but I've heard all these different types, like Ubuntu, Debian, Red hat, Fedora, etc. I assume some are sequential releases, but what's the difference between them?
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Does UNR (9.10) or eeebuntu have better support for Asus EeePC 1005HA?

I'm looking at what distribution to install on my new eeepc (1005HA) and I'm wondering whether Ubunut Netbook Remix (UNR) or eeebuntu is more suitable? Specifically, I am looking for a base system ...
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mini linux to use dd and access HD and/or USB

I was thinking about something. I want to install a 7gb partition and store 2 compress disk image and install linux to it. I want it to be light. What i would like to do is hide the grub loader (or ...
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Any latest linux distro which gives full root access ( NO SUDO )?

Is there Any latest linux distro which gives full root access ( NO SUDO ) ? I want to use it for programming in which I have to use / file system very frequently. What I need is any good linux ...
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Linux Distro for Beginners

Well... I know that's the question arising all over the Internet, but I couldn't find an answer to suit me after googling for quite some time. I'd like to get a Linux distribution, and start learning ...
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Which Linux is the most efficient? [closed]

Simple question: There is a gazillion Linux distributions out there. Which one (distribution/incl. window manager) makes (technically) the most efficient use of my (aging) computer ? I have appx. 1 ...
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Linux distro to use CF instead of IDE drive?

To build a compact, headless host, I'd like to use a CompactFlash instead of an IDE drive, and connect the card to the mobo using an IDE-to-CF adapter. I don't know if this is still an issue, but ...
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Which Ubuntu-like Linux OSs work well on a flash drive?

I want a Linux OS that I can load on a flash drive, but I don't want to relearn an entire operating system. I want to know which tiny Linux installations are most like Ubuntu. For example, I'd like to ...
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Little girl friendly versions of Linux (or themes for Linux) [closed]

I'm going to install Linux on a PC for a daughter (age 7) of a friend of mine. I recently came across Hannah Montana Linux. The parents don't want a commercially branded thing going on, so no Hannah ...
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Internet kiosk for motel lobby?

I'm looking to set up a simple internet kiosk in the lobby of a motel. For security, I think it's best if I set up a simple Linux distribution whose only user-accessible program is a browser. Would ...
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How to create a Linux distribution?

Are there any tutorials or books which can help you get started creating a Linux distribution? I can't really find any on the Internet. The distribution doesn't need to have a GUI.
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Ubuntu Netbook Remix-like Linux distros?

I just downloaded Virtualbox to satisfy my need to mess around with every linux distro I can find without butchering my computer. Can anyone recommend a couple distros with interfaces similar to the ...
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Fastest booting desktop linux distro? [closed]

I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop and I'm very happy with it. But boot times aren't great... So I'd like to have a second distribution on my hard disc that I can boot to quickly check my ...
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Linux distributions comparison

Does any good comparison exist (like a table of present features) between the many Linux distributions? What are the features and advantages on each distribution? (Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, etc.) ...
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Building a custom Linux LiveCD

I need to create a small custom live system (for teaching a programming class). What would be the best way to do it?
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Using IF software in Ubuntu

I have Xubuntu 9.04 running in our old machine at home. I'm looking to run some interactive fiction interpreters such as Frobtads there as well. However, it appears most of the Linux versions of the ...
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What to call a linux mint converted to xfce?

I'm using linux right now, I installed Linux Mint 7 (Gloria), but since then I switched to the xfce desktop, and I don't use any of the tools that come with mint (mintMenu, mintUpdate, mintInstall, ...
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Issue with Intel GMA950 on Debian (read:Linux Mint/Ubuntu) Variant

I have a Dell D420 on which I run Linux Mint Gloria. However every once in a while the laptop completely freezes up. First the GUI freezes, then a minute later the ssh session I had with the computer ...