Some argue that Linux distributions are essentially the same, and you should just pick the one with the color scheme you like the best. In reality however, distributions are different and some will suit your company's needs better than others. In this IT Dojo video, I discuss the following five critical factors IT managers should consider when choosing a Linux distribution:
- 100 percent open source or not
- Package management
- Desktop environment
- Intended use
After watching the video, you can learn more about choosing the right Linux distribution by reading Jack Wallen's article, "10 things to consider when choosing a Linux distribution"--the basis for this video. For more Linux and open source information, check out the following TechRepublic Resources:
- 10 ways to make Linux boot faster
- 10 ways to secure your Linux desktop
- How do I install and use fonts in Linux?
- Choosing a free alternative to Microsoft Office
- Run your Linux apps on Windows without virtualization
- How do I... recover Linux data files with a Windows tool?
- Run Ubuntu from inside Windows with Wubi
- Fedora 9: Was it worth the wait?
- 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your Linux experience
- Top 10 Linux financial tools
- Is Linux the most secure OS?
- ClarkConnect: Open source gateway options for the remote office
- Boost security by stopping these 10 Linux services on your server
- How long will it be before Linux is on your desktop (if it isn't already)?
- Cut down on Linux command-line typing with these 10 handy bash aliases
- Log Linux services with runit
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.