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OK, so I know there are several hundred linux distributions available. My question is this. Which of them are considered the MAJOR players of the linux community? I mean, is fedora in there? ubuntu? slackware? What are the differences among them? I am considering a format/install path between either vista 64 or a linux distro, however, I am trying to compare options first. Any input is appreciated.

Humm, major players? I guess it depends on how you define "major"...

Slackware, redhat/fedora, centos, debian, suse, ubuntu, gentoo... those are some of the big and/or old players. If you want "easy desktop usage", there's probably other to consider instead. The name pclinux springs to mind, but I have no personal experience with it.

Personally I run an oldish slackware on one server, archlinux on another, and will most likely be doing gentoo when I build my fileserver. Ubuntu doesn't seem like a bad bet at all if you want a desktop.

*nix is kind of funny in that there are a lot of distros that are better suited for different things. So it's kind of a matter of "what do I want to do?"

If you want to run a dataserver with 100% uptime - Solaris. (That stuff is CRAZY! You can swap hardware like a motherboard without shutting down!)

If you want to run a DNS server with a high load - BSD. (TCP stack is just uber-tight.)

If you want to... etc. etc. etc.

Ubuntu seems like the major up & comer for desktops.

Suse seems like the major player for interoperation with Microsoft (.NET that is).

OSX is BSD under the hood (well, a long time ago).

Red Hat, CentOS and a few others are big in the server space.

I'd say figure out what you want it for, then ask around to see what people doing the same thing are using. Most likely you'll end up with "Vista" as the answer, but if you specifically want a *nix box, then...

These links are good reads :

IMHO the most famous, popular and well maintained distributions are probably :
Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Knoppix, Mandriva, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, RedHat, Slackware, Suse, Ubuntu, Xandros.

For overall EASY Desktop usage, my top 3 picks are (in that order) : Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva. They provide easy proprietary codec and driver installation and offer a polished environment.

- Ubuntu works, is polished enough, is well documented and has a huge user base. I’d first go with that. There’s a new release every six months. Enormous repositories.
- PCLinuxOS offers a nice user experience, but I’d be worried about its long term life (I also don’t like the fact that it doesn’t offer a gnome version). I also don’t like that there’s absolutely NO release plan.
- Mandriva is great, but it’s not exactly free if you want full access to support etc. Release schedule is not as strict as Ubuntu’s, but better than PCLinuxOS.

Suse is fine, but I find it bloated and I don’t like its package manager. Fedora is too unpredictable : some releases are just terrible. Debian is great but not as user friendly as Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS. Etc.

Then there are all the distros more suited for old computers. Like Vector, Slax, Damn Small Linux, Zenwalk, etc.

That stuff is CRAZY! You can swap hardware like a motherboard without shutting down!
-Renegade (November 24, 2007, 11:03 PM)
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How the carp do you swap a motherboard without shutting down?

First of all, you'd have to worry about electric shock frying you or your components.

Second of all, to swap a motherboard you'd have to remove power to everything since you'd really just be removing everything and putting it onto another motherboard.


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