The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard
May 28, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)
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" Which Linux distro should I use? It's one of the most common
questions for new and aspiring Linux users. There's so many to
choose from, how can you pick the right one? Let's see if we can
help clear it up a little and help you choose between all the other
major distros. In order to give each distro its fair share of
space, we're breaking this into a two-part series. Today, we'll
review Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint and Mandriva. Tomorrow, we'll
cover openSUSE, Slackware and Ubuntu as well as reveal our final
"scorecard," which should provide you with a quick reference sheet
for comparing Linux distros.
"Let me start by saying that I'm a fully committed
distro-hopper. Aside from focusing on openSUSE when working for
Novell, I've run two or more distros since 2000. It's been rare
that I'd use a single distro and desktop on the same machine for
more than four months. Because I spend my time writing about Linux,
it's important to be familiar with all the "major" distributions.
When something comes out that looks unique and interesting, I'll
also try out new or niche distros. But most users will find
advantages to picking one distro and sticking with it."