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Wacky Linux Interlude: The Linux Distro Chooser


In my last post, I mentioned that the Linux Distro Chooser

had pegged me as either an Ubuntu/Kubuntu or Mandrake/Mandriva user,

based on my stated preferences. For the curious, I'll run down the

preferences as answered to the LDC.

  1. Do you know what a "Linux distribution" is? - Yes
  2. Have you successfully installed an operating system before? - No
  3. Do you know how to "partition" a hard drive? - No, but I know what "partitioning" means
  4. Which kind of installer do you prefer? - I don't care, so long as it's easy and it works
  5. Are you using any wireless devices? - Yes, I am using a wireless network adapter
  6. How would you rate your technical skills? - Beginner
  7. What kind of computer are you installing on? - A portable computer / laptop
  8. What is the primary use of this computer? - Home Office / workstation
  9. How old is the computer you are installing Linux on? - Just a few years old
  10. How would you rate your knowledge of Linux? - I've never used Linux before / only tried it a little
  11. Do you need easy access to a lot of ready-to-run software? - Yes, please
  12. Will you be installing the distribution on a PC or a Mac? - I am installing it on a PC
  13. Please select what best fits you - I prefer to use perfectly stable, thoroughly tested software
  14. Does the Linux distro have to be free (gratis)? - Yes
  15. Do you want to include Live CDs in the results? - Yes, please include Live CDs, too
The LDC returned the following "perfect matches":

  • Mandriva: Mandriva

    Linux, formerly known as Mandrake Linux, is a friendly Linux Operating

    System which specializes in ease-of-use for both servers and the

    home/office. It is freely available in many languages throughout the

    world.
  • Kubuntu: Kubuntu

    is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop

    Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the

    Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.
  • Ubuntu: Ubuntu

    is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both

    community and professional support. Ubuntu includes more than 1,000

    pieces of software, starting with the Linux kernel version 2.6 and

    Gnome 2.10, and covering every standard desktop application from word

    processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access

    applications, web server software, email software, programming

    languages and tools and of course several games.

I also got one near-perfect match:

  • SuSE: SUSE Linux 10.0 includes all of the latest desktop

    productivity tools to help you with your most common home computing

    tasks. Whether it's instant messaging and communicating with friends,

    creating and designing graphics, or organizing digital picture and

    music files, you'll find what you need on our easy-to-use desktop. And

    to make finding things even easier, we've included a preview of the

    latest version of the new Linux desktop search technology: Beagle

    Desktop Search. Beagle is the powerful new open source search engine

    that puts all of the content in your personal information space at your

    fingertips. Plus, to keep your desktop secure, SUSE Linux includes

    powerful built-in tools for spam blocking, virus scanning and

    application-level protection.
Future episodes will determine whether the LDC is a font o'

wisdom, or a false prophet leading the faithful and innocent astray.

Should be good for a laugh either way.

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