Choosing Linux Distro
Personal desktop




                               Dani Iswara



        a newbie's perspective of...
GNU/Linux
   GNU
Linux (kernel) + OSS =
      OS (GNU)


GNU/Linux + installer 
     + OSS =
distribution (distro)
       ...
GNU/Linux OS


          Multipurpose
            ●   Server
            ●   Desktop



Special edition for special purpose
Main Linux Distro
              ●   Debian GNU/Linux
              ●   Fedora (RHEL)
              ●   Gentoo
            ...
Debian GNU/Linux   http://www.debian.org/
Debian GNU/Linux
●   Incredible amounts of deb­based softwares 
    (>18733)
●   Stable, unstable & testing version
●   Co...
Fedora
         http://fedoraproject.org/
Fedora
●   Incredible amounts of rpm­based softwares
●   Latest software, upstream development
●   Easy of yum packaging s...
Gentoo
         http://www.gentoo.org/
Gentoo
●   Source­based softwares
●   Extreme configurability & performance
●   Easy of emerge packaging system (portage)
...
Mandriva
           http://www.mandriva.com/
Mandriva
●   rpm­based softwares
●   Easy of Mandriva Control Center
●   Easy of urpm packaging system
●   KDE desktop
●  ...
openSUSE
           http://en.opensuse.org/
openSUSE
●   YaST, easy & complete GUI configuration tool
●   Latest softwares
●   GNOME & KDE equal support
●   GUI insta...
Slackware
            http://www.slackware.com/
Slackware
●   Source­based (tgz) packaging system
●   Almost pure/generic, most Unix­like
●   No deadline for each version...
Which one?

Are you hobbyist, networker, student?
      Hardware requirements
        Try with liveCD/DVD
    Find the com...
You are free to share (copy, distribute, transmit) & adapt this work
under the similar license Creative Commons Attributio...
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How to choose Linux for personal desktop/laptop/notebook users. Newbee's perspective of main Linux distros.

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Choosing Linux Distro - Personal Desktop

  1. 1. Choosing Linux Distro Personal desktop Dani Iswara a newbie's perspective of main Linux distro
  2. 2. GNU/Linux GNU Linux (kernel) + OSS = OS (GNU) GNU/Linux + installer  + OSS = distribution (distro) http://www.gnu.org/ GNU = GNU is not Unix; OSS = Open Source Software; OS = operating system
  3. 3. GNU/Linux OS Multipurpose ● Server ● Desktop Special edition for special purpose
  4. 4. Main Linux Distro ● Debian GNU/Linux ● Fedora (RHEL) ● Gentoo ● Mandriva ● OpenSUSE (Novell SLE) ● Slackware RHEL = Red Hat Enterprise Linux; SLE = SUSE Linux Enterprise
  5. 5. Debian GNU/Linux http://www.debian.org/
  6. 6. Debian GNU/Linux ● Incredible amounts of deb­based softwares  (>18733) ● Stable, unstable & testing version ● Conservative ● Easy of apt­get packaging sytem ● GNOME desktop ● Text­based (menuing system) installer More: http://www.debian.org/intro/why_debian
  7. 7. Fedora http://fedoraproject.org/
  8. 8. Fedora ● Incredible amounts of rpm­based softwares ● Latest software, upstream development ● Easy of yum packaging sytem ● GNOME desktop ● GUI installer More: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Overview
  9. 9. Gentoo http://www.gentoo.org/
  10. 10. Gentoo ● Source­based softwares ● Extreme configurability & performance ● Easy of emerge packaging system (portage) ● XFCE desktop (2008) ● GUI, text­based installer, stage More: http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/about.xml
  11. 11. Mandriva http://www.mandriva.com/
  12. 12. Mandriva ● rpm­based softwares ● Easy of Mandriva Control Center ● Easy of urpm packaging system ● KDE desktop ● GUI installer More: http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Home
  13. 13. openSUSE http://en.opensuse.org/
  14. 14. openSUSE ● YaST, easy & complete GUI configuration tool ● Latest softwares ● GNOME & KDE equal support ● GUI installer More: http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:About
  15. 15. Slackware http://www.slackware.com/
  16. 16. Slackware ● Source­based (tgz) packaging system ● Almost pure/generic, most Unix­like ● No deadline for each version ● Stable & simple ● KDE desktop ● Text­based (menuing system) installer More: http://www.slackbook.org/html/introduction­slackware.html
  17. 17. Which one? Are you hobbyist, networker, student? Hardware requirements Try with liveCD/DVD Find the community support Don't like it? Try the others It's free
  18. 18. You are free to share (copy, distribute, transmit) & adapt this work under the similar license Creative Commons Attribution­ Noncommercial­Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CCA­NC­SA 3.0 Unported) Dani Iswara daniiswara@gmail.com http://daniiswara.net/ Last updated: December 2008
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