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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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Little girl friendly versions of Linux (or themes for Linux)

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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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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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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Is it possible to alias a username on Linux?

I'm not sure if this has a practical application at all (aside from the fact that I am lazy. you know "christopher" has 11 characters, and I want to type 1), but is it possible to alias a username on ...
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Where historic Linux distributions can be found?

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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Is there a free (as in money) version of Redhat linux?

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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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 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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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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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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Is there a Linux distro that will easily run “embedded style” on a Raspberry Pi? [closed]

I need a Linux distro that will give me the following: Run on a Raspberry Pi Can reliably survive power loss (like via a read-only filesystem) I've been able to hunt down some documentation on how ...
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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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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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What's the quickest distro to get up and running with?

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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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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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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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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Which linux distributions offer seamless support for UEFI and an LVM root out of the box?

My new ultrabook (an Asus UX32VD) requires UEFI in order to boot from the internal harddisk. I use an LVM partition which contains my root fs and dual-boot Windows 8. I somehow managed to get this ...
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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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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 ...
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Choosing a very basic Linux distro with minimal boot time?

I've had Ubuntu for a year now, like it but it doesn't match my needed configuration for my old laptop. So... I am using Linux mainly for webapps so I don't care much about user interface. What I ...
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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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What are the risks (if any) of installing an older version of Linux

My machine has limited RAM capacity. Newer Linux distributions seem to require more memory (often 1 GB or more) and seem to consume more than 500 MB on itself. Is it safe to use an older version of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any modern Linux distributions that still support /dev/audio?

I'm in the process of trying to debug a program that uses the legacy OSS /dev/audio interface to play sounds. However, Ubuntu and others no longer include a /dev/audio interface. Are there any ...
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Running Linux OS in ram only

I am aware of Puppy linux for this but am not happy with there only being a root user. Would it be a hard job to tell a Linux distro to copy everything to RAM and then run from it? I don't want to ...
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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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Why don't all Linux distributions offer hybrid disk images?

Why don't all Linux distributions offer disk images you can simply dd or cat to an USB drive? Are there downsides to these hybrid images?
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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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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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Choosing a Linux distribution

Dangerous territory with this question so please try to be impartial and instead focus on what to look for when choosing a Linux distribution. I'm completely new to Linux. I thought it'd never happen ...
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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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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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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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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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Which Linux distro has the best combination of customization and ease of use?

There are Linux distributions with varying degrees of user-friendliness. The ones that are the easiest to use are generally the least customizable and vice versa. Which Linux distribution provides a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...