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The State of the Distributions - A comparison of the most popular Linux Distributions

Mar 17, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Whether you are new to Linux and asking "Which Distribution should I use?", or if you have been using Linux for years and want to see what the other distributions offer, this article highlights the differences between the major Linux Distributions. For those new to Linux, we will also try to fill you in as to what makes a good Linux distribution and what sets each distribution apart.

"For starters, the Linux Operating System is different than proprietary Operating Systems, such as Microsoft Windows. Linux has a community based development model where many people, organizations and businesses jointly develop the software. With this style of development, there is no one entity that controls everything, but because of this, it is quite difficult to build a coherent system that will run on personal computers. This is where distributions come in.

"Distributions are complete Linux Systems that are built by companies or organizations to aid in the support and installation of the Linux Operating System. Distributions take care of all of the rudimentary tasks of building the system, such as building and testing the software, providing technical support and to provide security updates and bug fixes, etc.

"There are all types of distributions available, from ones that are very user friendly to advanced ones that allow you to build your system from the source code. This article covers the four most popular Linux distributions available today; Mandriva Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux and openSUSE Linux."

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