Ten major Linux distributions

March 3, 2007

A review of the 10 major Linux distributions ever made;Debian,Slackware,Fedora,Mandriva,Suse,Ubuntu,Knoppix,Gentoo,Mepis & Xandros

The Microsoft Windows operating system is developed and released by a single company. It comes with a minimal set of applications (a calculator, a few games, some networking tools, an Internet browser.. etc). Other software can be obtained by users from various sources and installed on the operating system.

GNU/Linux is different. A GNU/Linux operating system is made of a Linux kernel, a set of GNU tools, an installation program, a package management system and a lot of other software components. Because all these components are free to use and to distribute, anybody can assemble and configure them according to their needs and create their very own GNU/Linux operating system. Since 1993, a lot of people and companies have been distributing Linux operating systems. These distributions made it easy for people to get and to install a working GNU/Linux system on their personal computer.

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10 Responses to “Ten major Linux distributions”

  1. […] 4, 2007 at 12:40 pm · Filed under Uncategorized Ten major Linux distributions A review of the 10 major Linux distributions ever -made; […]

  2. Adger Says:

    Linux seems to be for programmers to endlessly tinker with. Most computer users are neophytes who do little other than browse , email and perhaps play solitaire.
    Until Linux becomes as easy as a fax machine it will be destined to remain a fringe product for computer software programmers. What a shame.

  3. mattg Says:

    Two years ago my girlfriends winderz PC was all jacked up with trojans, viruses, malware… you know, all the stuff you don’t want your PC running but seems to be default symtoms of it’s inherent insecurity and sloppy design, and she was getting ready to plop down $600 for a new PC. I told her, “just try this first” and installed PCLinuxOS. That was two years ago and we’re both still using it. Her needs are all met, internet browsing, gmail, photo management, and the Citrix client for remotely working from home and krecipes for her cooking projects. It is rock solid and easy to use. We’re very happy with this Linux Distro!

  4. Blake Says:

    @Adger: You have a skewed perception regarding Linux. Have you tried Ubuntu or Kubuntu on a PC? Browsing and simple games, such as solitaire, are ready out-of-the-box. Email clients are configurable without much hassle.

    My ten year old brother uses Ubuntu exclusively at home. I spent about 10 minutes introducing him to the interface. He uses it for writing papers, playing games, etc. He’d use it for the WWW, but DSL isn’t available where he lives and my parents won’t pay for cable.

    I’m pretty sure that at this point, with no console activity *required* for day-to-day operation, Linux is not a “fringe product”. The real problem lies with “power users”. What it takes to be a power user in the two OS’s (Win/Lin) is what sells me on Linux. My co-workers are always surprised by the overwhelming amount of time I spend using the keyboard (as opposed to the mouse) at work. What makes a real power user is their ability to make their day-to-day tasks as efficient as possible. The time investment to learn simple Linux commands to automate the tedious parts of your PC experience is well worth it.

    At the end of my work day, I shut my Windows XP Pro computer down so that it’s not sluggish the next day. Every morning, my company runs scripts to install all sorts of wonderful updates on their Windows PCs. My home computer doesn’t have either problem; the updates occur via a Cron job while I’m sleeping. I only restart for Kernel upgrades, which occur about once a month, and even then it’s an optional restart.

  5. @Adger:
    Once everything is installed and set up, Linux is as easy as MS Windows. And if we compared the ease of installation of both, I’m pretty sure Windows would come out as the more difficult one.

  6. Eidolon Night Says:

    Pick the right distro and you can have a system up and running in about half an hour. Updates go on in the background and don’t require restarting and drivers are usually loaded automatically. Installing Windows takes at least a day. You have to manually install all the drivers, update, restart, install programs, restart… you get the idea.

    P.S. This article is quite old. Anyone find a more recent equivalent?

  7. mcgeo Says:

    Has anyone been able to get any version of Linux up and running on an AMD64 Athlon? I’ve tried Ubuntu and openSUSE and cannot get either to work on a system with a gig of RAM.

  8. adger linux Says:

    My life life has been “skewed”.
    It is not only been my attempts at linux.
    Until Linux is made easier to use rather than for use by softwar programmer types it will be always be limited to fringe roles- perhaps roles set up in organizations where it is set up as an appliance for simpler users but set up and tech supported by more knowledgable users.
    Have there been case studies of linux network setups being left in the hands of nubes for extended time periods ?

  9. VeRTiTO Says:

    interesting…keep it up!

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