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Old 11-13-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
Rea
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Linux Mint. is it the same or different


Hi Group.

I'm new to linux and I have a question about the different flavors of linux. are they the same or different.

Let me explain. I am setting up a classroom where an AVI video or CD video has to auto launch in complete fullscreen. I was looking for an OS and Linux Mint came up after I googled it.
My question is, can this program do it because I saw different flavors of linux like fedora, unbutu, redhat, etc.. Are these programs the same or are they different?
if so what is the difference between them and what kind of video player do I need to launch the video in fullscreen?
 
Old 11-13-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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Hi Rea and Welcome to LQ.

Yes Mint could do what you want. So could Mythbuntu, Debian, Fedora etc.

Basically what you are referring to is distributions of Linux. Windows is made by and supplied Microsoft but Linux is supplied as an operating system with applications by many different groups/organisations. Red Hat , which you mention, isn't not free you have to purchase it. Ubuntu is, possibly, the most popular Linux distribution ever and it is free. Linux Mint is also very popular and it is also free. So we have 2 differences already.

When everything is said and done Mint (number/name) is a modified version of Ubuntu while Mint LMDE, Mint LXDE (and others named with just letters) are modified versions of Debian. What Mint does, with the Ubuntu variations, is make them more stable for general use by further modifying and adding their own little enhancements. The Mint (Debian) versions are no more stable than Debian but have visual enhancements to make it look prettier if you like Green.

Debian style Linux distributions use dpkg and apt or aptitude to manage packages. Red Hat style distributions (Red Hat, Fedora, Centos there are more) use RPM and other tools. Other distributions use different tools again.

So while yes each type of Linux is different they are all also similar in other ways because they use Desktop environments like Gnome, KDE, LXDE, XFCE, etc. The applications they use, OpenOffice or LibreOffice for example, are the same. It is often just the look and underlying (i.e. invisible) tools that are different. I would recommend you take a look at each ones home page for a general overview of each.

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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Essentially, yes. Don't know why you make reference to a 'small' screen but the software is there for 'free'. The difficulty is in the hardware and patents but don't be put off. Chances are that Mint9 will run it but you might have to run the 'non-free' hardware drivers program to get said device to work. Trial and error, same as WindoZe.



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