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Aug 17, 2009, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Dineley, High Mobley)

[ Thanks to snydeq for this link. ]

"Another favorite distribution is Debian GNU/Linux. Debian is one of the few Linux distributions that is community controlled and not steered by a commercial venture. Debian may be the only Linux distribution that still gives a tip of the hat to the hard work of the GNU maintainers by calling itself GNU/Linux. Most of the user-friendly Linux distributions that have popped up in recent years are based on Debian, whose apt-get software installation and update system remains a blessing to system administrators the world over.

"The most celebrated of the newfangled user-friendly distros is Ubuntu, and for good reason. When you want to introduce a friend or family member to Linux, you can't do better than to give them Ubuntu. You can even install and run Ubuntu from inside Windows!

"To make any Linux distribution easy to use, you have to bring a good graphical user interface to the party. Gnome and KDE are the Linux stalwarts in the GUI department.

"These projects incorporate not just the basic GUI, but also a full suite of user applications and APIs that other programmers can use to make their applications work with the Gnome or KDE wares. How good are these GUI environments? Just look at what happened when some Aussies presented KDE as Windows 7 to unsuspecting computer users."

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