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Old 11-15-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Hello all
im new to linux i see there are lot of different versions and taste of linux OS X, personally i would prefer UNIX but since there is no free unix software i am going to try LINUX, so can someone please tell me which version is the best linux version and stable for newbies, i am going to dual boot in late 2013 mac OS x
i appreciate your feedback and comments

thanks
 
Old 11-15-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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You forgot to mention what you were going to use the computer for so it's hard to advise. I've never used a Mac and have no intention of every doing so have no opinion on that. What is stable is just a matter of opinion but the oldest Linux Desktop systems are Slackware and Debian if that's what you're using. If you're going to install on a Mac, good luck,
 
Old 11-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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Yeah sorry about that, yes I'm starting programing in C++ i have started writing a code for couple games and mac is no good enough so reason looking for good comparable OS X such is linux might be one of them

thanks for your advise
 
Old 11-15-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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The two distributions I mentioned in my last post would certainly do the job if all you want is to program C++, any major Linux should be able to do that. I don't know what you mean by "good comparable OS X", something that looks like it? You could go to the site below which has quite a list of the most common Linux distributions as well as links to each of their sites:


http://www.distrowatch.com
 
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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I have used many distributions, and programmed in many languages. The two recommended (Slackware and Debian) are both solid. I use Debian often, and Debian Stable lives up to the name. Most derivative distributions of Debian are based on Testing to provide more current software, but is still very solid. A third option is CentOS for a Red Hat like environment with community support.

All of them support one or more IDE environments. All of them support the standard GNU compilers and debuggers.

Have you additional requirements or preferences that might lead to a more focused recommendation?

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Old 11-16-2014, 07:36 AM   #6
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If you would prefer UNIX then why not use one of the BSDs as they're as close to UNIX as open source gets being derived from UNIX back in the day.
 
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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Solaris and OpenSolaris are stiil around not that I'd recomend them... BSDs are sweet.

+1 for Debian but Jessie not Wheezy

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Old 11-16-2014, 11:17 AM   #8
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These sites may come in useful (there are others, too)
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-...k-on-your-mac/
http://lifehacker.com/5934942/how-to...apple-hardware

The most stable Linuxes are Slackware, CentOS, and Debian. If you aren't used to it, Slackware is best experienced via its derivative Salix. Actually, any Linux is suitable for programming.

I would not advise BSD. The user-base is small, as is the number of people wanting something different to OS-X: you'd be a minority of a minority, which is not a good idea when seeking help.
 
  


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