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Old 07-27-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Which is best linux distribution?

I want to know which linux distribution is best for developers and also which provide best driver support.
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For developer => Its Fedora
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and which distribution provides the best driver support?
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There is no "best" distro.

There is no distro that is "best for programming".

While some distros install proprietary drivers in a user-friendly way, drivers are also not a major discriminator.

start with anything in the top 10-15 on the "hit list" at
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This page gives an overview of 10 major distros:

The two main "families" of Linux (there are MANY exceptions however!) are:

RPM (Fedora, Red Hat, CentOS, OpenSUSE, etc.)

DEB (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc.)

For a developer, I think either Fedora or Debian would be good choices, depending on which family of distros you plan to work with.

A better way to rephrase your "which distribution provides the best driver support?" question is "which hardware do I need supported?" You will find that most hardware falls into one of three categories: 1. Support is built into the Linux kernel or one of the core libraries; your device will work well with any Linux distro. 2. A "non free" driver exists; some distros (like Mint) will support the device out-of-the-box, while other distros with a strong "free" philosophy will require you to manually install the driver (Broadcom wireless cards are an example; they require a "non free" firmware); 3. The device is problematic in Linux.

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