Best Linux DistroLinux has prevailed in recent years as a true contender in the operating system world. There are many devices running on Linux, currently it is the most used operating system in servers, it is used in many smart phones and it is also becoming more popular for the standard pc/laptop user. Unlike windows where everything is controlled by Microsoft Linux has many variations known as distributions or distros as it is more commonly known. More than 95% of a Linux system involves operations which are exactly the same through all distos.
Why Linux is so greatFor the most part Linux is completely open source which means for the most part anyone is able to join in the development program for it. Also Linux again for the most part is completely free. There are some commercial variants available which are the exception to these rules. As well as this the reliability, functionality, cross platform usability and low system overheads makes Linux a great choice for your operating system. Gone are the days where Linux was an operating system only for geeks today with the increase of drivers/support and hardware acceptability it really is available to anyone.
Which distro to choose?
This question is best answered based on your needs. If you are a beginner to Linux then the commonly accepted Linux distro to use is Ubuntu which is a derirative of the Debian operating system. This uses the Unity desktop which is a slick full screen interface which allows you to switch quickly between applications and easily find your files.
If you are installing on a server then the most commonly accepted distro is Centos. This is a spin of from the popular licenced Red hat enterprise linux. The same packages and desktop are available
and the only thing you are missing from Red Hat enterprise is the support. However with the wide and open Linux community this well rarely be a problem for most people.
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Is Linux a mass market product?11/04/2012
by: Best Linux Distro
Ok so Windows is still the number 1. 95% of computers shipped from manufacturers have windows on it. Apple Mac is number 2 with a massive marketing budget and a massive fan base for the way that Apple does things. Linux comes somewhere way way underneath that at the moment. In my opinion there are several reasons for that?
- Linux has always been synonymous with geeks. Although the modern Linux distro has a great user friendly gui that almost anyone can pick up.
People don't know about Linux. It is not commonly shipped on pc's except for odd occasion on ebuyer and the odd netbook
Introduction to Linux Video
If you are a complete beginner to Linux this is a great simple video to watch to get you started.