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Video: Five things to consider when choosing a Linux distribution

Choosing a Linux distribution shouldn't come down to which desktop has your favorite color scheme. Linux distributions are different and some will suit your company's needs better than others. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler discusses five critical factors IT managers should consider when choosing a Linux distribution.

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:

  1. 100 percent open source or not
  2. Package management
  3. Desktop environment
  4. Intended use
  5. Security

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:

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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