Questions tagged [linux-distributions]

Questions about software packages which include the Linux kernel and come in a variety of forms, from desktop to server, lightweight to full-featured. Make sure your question is specific enough and not of the "Which Linux distribution for me?" kind.

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Import WSL distro directly from file system (without exporting)

I have had a Centos7 distro on my windows Machine (with file system of this distro on D: drive). I had to reinstall my OS and now i can't export that centos distro (Its rootfs is safe on D: drive). ...
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How to run specific WSL2 distro with Ubuntu.exe app?

I have been looking for a good solution having multiple instances of WSL2 Ubuntu installed. I am able to do that from cmd but I really like the Ubuntu application app and its visuals. There are ...
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Elementary OS Flatpak repository in other distros

I have read that Elementary OS already has a Flatpak repository. If it is possible, how can it be used in other Linux distributions? (suppose they are already using flatpak with another repository ...
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Why is OpenSSH server installed and enabled by default?

I am installing a new Debian based distro. I'm following a guide and it appears that OpenSSH server is enabled by default. That is, openssh-server is installed by default. To my understanding, this is ...
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What is the most straight forward way to install manjaro as a lightweight cli only distro?

I'm looking to install manjaro on a thin client with limited resources. I'd like to install without any desktop environment as I'll basically only use this via the terminal and via ssh however it ...
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Floppy-based linux distro for backing up an old PC [closed]

Is there a linux distro that fits on a 3.5 inch floppy that I could use to backup an entire harddrive of an old PC? (1997) It cannot boot from CD. It also has a network card, so it could theoretically ...
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How Do You Clone A WSL Distro?

How would you go about cloning a WSL distro? I have a Debian WSL distribution running under Windows 10 x64 and I would like to clone the distribution without affecting my original one. I have read ...
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Are there benefits to a lightweight linux for a new computer?

I have a new laptop. It is an Intel Core i5, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM. I will use it for some programming and modeling in Python and 3D CAD/CAM. I want the PC to be as fast as possible and I don't care much ...
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What is the underlying difference between linux distros

The question is not as simple as the title suggests. I am not a newbie in tech at least as per my experience. But not much experience in Linux. The basic difference is the UI between all linux ...
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How to tell if a distro was made using Gentoo

I've downloaded a Linux distribution and tried it on my PC. When I checked the documentation I noticed that there was no information about how it was developed. I wonder if it was developed using ...
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Best way to test a linux distro? [closed]

I'm not sure if it the good place to ask this. I'm a little lost with all the StackExchange places. I wish to test a few linux distro (4-5 distros) for a late 2019 laptop (asus zenbook pro). I've ...
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Linux distro sought which will install on older 32-bit PC without PAE

I want to put Linux on a older 32-bit laptop without PAE; it has Windows 7 now. When I try to install my favorite distro, that fails and tells me the PC's CPU lacks PAE support. How may I find a ...
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Conventions for local user commands on common Linux distributions

Are there any conventions that a system administrator could follow for naming local user commands, i.e., scripts written by the admin that are made available to users via PATH? The goal is to prevent ...
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Why there are no drivers for a device on one Linux distro, whereas on another they are?

E.g. I often encounter this kind of speech: "On one of my computers, I have an old Broadcom wireless card. Every time I install a new distro, I have to go through some extra steps to get that ...
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Linux distro: How to use only part of monitor for display?

For windows this question was already raised several times, see here1, here2 and here 3. But how does it work with linux distributions? The idea ist: Instead of using 2 monitors, buy a 35 inch 4k ...
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Do Ubuntu and its derivatives have wider support than other Linux distros? [closed]

Do Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives have wider support (concerning programs and graphics drivers) than other Linux distributions generally speaking? Probably Ubuntu and its derivatives are the most ...
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How to analyze an unknown Linux(?) machine from scratch?

I am in charge of an office, and want to fix the existing NAS. I have access via SSH and the admin pw. The thing is storing all the office data, so I do not want to change anything on the data side. I ...
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Linux Flavor vs. Distro vs. Desktop [closed]

I've been using Linux in professional and academic settings for over ten years---including installing and managing systems, installing and managing software, designing systems, etc. I've primarily ...
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Oracle VBox wrong resolutions

the fact that am posting here means i have already wasted enough time researching on this, so my vbox goes to the right resolution for windows 7 but i had kali linux and chrome os all go to a 4:3 (...
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What version should I download for this Linux OS? [closed]

I would like to install GNU parallel on a computer cluster. I see there are several versions of GNU-parallel one can download (see above link under “Downloading GNU Parallel”). I suppose the versions ...
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Debian (Jessie) install old package from archive (as Lenny or Squeeze)

I tried many searches, then I cannot find the solution, here is my problem. My server is debian with Jessie (8) distribution, but I have to install a old package now archived which was available for ...
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How do I setup large capacity SSD to be my OS and Data Backup?

I have a large capacity SSD drive that I want to utilize as follows. I want: A Linux Distro installed to run on any (reasonably new) PC hardware. An exFAT partition for data storage and backup. ...
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Develop from Windows, run on a command-line Linux virtual machine [closed]

I've always developed web apps on my Windows pc in a Linux virtual machine (programs and frameworks not always have full compatibility with Windows, but I find Windows handy for other reasons, so that'...
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Lightweight linux OS for hadoop installation

Can anybody tell which is the best linux lightweight Os for hadoop installation. I want to install hadoop only for performing lab practicals. As my machine (2gb ram , intel centrino duo processor, ...
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Linux (Ubuntu) Distribution to Development Build

Why or why not would I want to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 15.10 or any Linux release to development build. What are the up and down sides of upgrading to 16.04. I have tried out a daily build ...
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Should installation of Linux on Macbook Air (2015) be avoided for any reason?

I bought a Macbook Air (2015), it's on it's way. What I want to do is to install a Linux distro on the computer. Before I do this I just want to make sure that this won't break my computer. Should ...
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Is there a way to run Linux inside Windows 10 that does not require Virtualbox or any other Virtual Machine [closed]

Is there a way to run Linux inside Windows 10 which does not require Virtualbox or any other Virtual Machine? So I can install it in a folder or in one of my hard drive partitions? So it can run ...
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How to format my pendrive?ade it bootable by power iso

I made my pendrive bootable by poweriso and loaded centos on it. But now my pendrive cant be formatted. First it was showing the in this pc but when i tried to format it there was an error and now i ...
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openSUSE: Switch from Tumbleweed to standard distribution?

Is there a way to go back to the standard openSUSE distribution from Tumbleweed (the rolling release)? If so, how? I am using openSUSE Tumbleweed, and I am pretty pleased with it. But because of ...
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Best looking unix distros available freely [closed]

I wanted to install a new unix based OS on my old machine Pentium 4 processor I was trying to find a better looking distros other than ubuntu. Any recommendations?
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How does one identify the linux distro in use?

What I normally do to at least get some idea of what branch we're talking about, I try to run apt-get, pacman, yum and all other common package managers that I can remember off the top of my head, but ...
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What makes Kali Linux different from other Linux distros for it to be used exclusively for hacking and penetration testing?

I have been asked to first start using Kali Linux and get used to the bash before doing anything in hacking. I was wondering what is so special in Kali Linux that I cannot do on Ubuntu or any other ...
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Ubuntu as a separate OS v/s Wubi

Due to some hardware problem, I am unable to use both my DVD drive and the bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu as a separate OS alongside Windows 7. I came across WUBI. I was wondering if there would ...
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Can't install grub on MBR, encountered an error "Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda"

I want to install a linux distribution on my computer. I have a SSD and an HDD. The SSD has Windows 8.1 and I partitioned 200 gigs from my 1 TB HDD to install linux. The linux installation was going ...
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What GNOME/Xfce based distros work out of the box with Nvidia cards?

I'm trying out linux distros. My desktop has an Nvidia GTX 460 card. Does any one have recommendations for 64 bit linux distros - derived from either Debian/Ubuntu or Redhat- which have 3d hardware ...
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How to change default language in Knoppix ISO?

Is it possible to modify the default language in the Knoppix ISO file instead of manually changing it during boot? Distro in question: KNOPPIX_V7.2.0CD-2013-06-16-EN.iso Note: Latest versions are ...
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how do I copy a (bootable) linux distribution across devices?

how do I copy a (bootable) linux distribution across devices? this is useful, e.g., if I have a bootable partition running linux (possibly but not necessarily running), and I now want to copy it to a ...
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installing software repository error message

I am trying to install Team Viewer locally from USB drive. I downloaded it from the Web (teamviewer_linux.rpm). I am getting following error message: [Errno 14] Could not open/read file:///mnt/usb/...
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How to get original library/package version from rpm package version?

I use Centos 7 and I need to know what is my version of Xdmx. rpm -qa and yum list installed return version of rpm package which, I think, is different from original Xdmx version. $yum list ...
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Is there any only-terminal linux live usb distro? [closed]

I was looking for distro with not GUI that I could use in a live USB. The idea is that when I turn the computer on and choose to boot from the USB I could get only a terminal from which I could ...
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Running native applications on the Linux Kernel

When the Linux kernel has loaded it loads the distro or OS to take over, how can I make the kernel load some native application (written in c) instead? I don't need a GUI or anything, Instead I want ...
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How to spilt a bootable linux distro iso file onto multiple dvds or cds?

I have customized a centOS distro , by including some packages such as VLC,eclipse etc. but now the size of distro exceeds 7.42 gb. I want to : split the large distro iso into multiple small iso ...
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Metasploitable_2 (Cannot issue apt-get to update or install any packages)?

I just setup Metasploitable 2 on VMware Fusion. I downloaded the image from here. I've booted it up and everything and can navigate around but would like to run a apt-get install update and possible ...
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Small bootable package to enable ssh client?

I've been trying to find the smallest possible package to put on a cd/thumbdrive that will allow me to use an ssh client on a wired networked computer. I'm talking about really barebones stuff, no ...
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How to move linux distros without losing data

If I have these locations all on separate partitions: /usr /usr/local /opt /home How can I remove Ubuntu (for example) and install Mint and lose no data? How would I preserve installed packages ...
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Is there anything else required to make a copy of whole OS boot?

I have just installed Lubuntu onto usb(using unetbootin).Now I want to copy all the files on that usb onto a new usb to make it boot Lubuntu too. Will this work or is there anything else required to ...
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Minimal OS with less background process [closed]

I am currently doing experiments on L1/L2/L3 cache. Measurement of L1/L2/L3 cache access time fully depends on where is my current data present, and that also depends on background process of OS ...
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How to setup a LAN network in Wireless? [closed]

I know the way to give a IP and make a network in wired system. But having no idea, How to make a network in Wireless system. I would like to do a home network with 4 laptop. One laptop is wifi ...
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Kali Linux and base distribution?

I need to setup a VM for Kali Linux. I've looked around Kali's website, but I can't determine what the base distro is. Does anyone know what distro its based upon?
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Linux distro in Windows LAN [closed]

For a destop PC to be used in a Windows network, e.g. DHCP/DNS server runing Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server running the same OS, all other clients runing xp, which would be the most convinient ...
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