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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 ...
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Is there a free (as in money) version of Redhat linux? [closed]

I've not dabbled with Linux for a while, but I need to, I am slightly outraged RedHat Linux is not free... or am I being dumb? Is there a free version available? If not what are the best ...
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Which linux distro for a laptop in windows environmet?

I just got new laptop at work. What would you recommend as a linux distribution for it? All other developers are working under windows, and use windows tools. I'm currently using ArchLinux, but want ...
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What's the quickest distro to get up and running with? [closed]

For my work laptop, I think I'm going to make the switch to linux from Windows XP. There are a couple of things I need: Good multi-monitor support. I'm constantly changing setups (ie laptop ...
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Checksums of Ubuntu and OpenSUSE downloads

I have downloaded Ubuntu and OpenSuse quite a few times over the last 6 months, most of the time their associated check sums don't match. I have downloaded them from their official sites. Should I be ...
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Learning to Use Linux

I just acquired a spare PC with a 40GB hard drive which I'm planning to use for learning how to use Linux on (either Ubuntu or Mandriva). The problem I'm having is related to installation - I'm more ...
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Good Linux Distributions for Newbies [closed]

What are some good distributions for newbies? I'm not talking about your grandma who only uses the computer for surfing and solitaire. I'm talking about fairly intelligent people who who know their ...
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Linux file system

What are the conventions for file locations in Linux? So far I've managed to deduce: /proc (references to running processes) /dev (references to all hardware) /etc (configuration files) /home ...
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What are the differences between major Linux distributions? Will I notice?

I've been using Linux in some form intermittently for the past ten years or so, but have only really been in to it for the past few months. What are the major differences between distributions? ...
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A minimal Linux distribution for my ASUS EEE PC

I recently bought myself a ASUS EEE 1000HE and I intend to use it for note-taking and light browsing at the University. The machine has a 10" screen so the interface needs to be very compact. I've ...