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The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard

May 28, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

" 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."

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