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Old 10-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
abdullahsavas
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linux versions


Hi Everybody:
Can any of you tell me why this different names of linux are for?
Excuse me for asking but I am really puzzeled ,I only have worked with microsofts OS which any kindes stands for a special machines I wonder of linux's.
i.e.: win3.1 works with 80286 later on 386
win95 works for 80386 later on 486
win98 works for 80486 and later on PentiumI
win milenium and xp works for pI later on pII
win xp and vista works for PIII and PIV
windows 7 PIV and multi cores
so what are linuxes for?
With best rgds.
 
Old 10-07-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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What do you mean by names?
 
Old 10-07-2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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What do you mean by names?
I mean versions for example:linux Mandrake,linux red hat ,linux suse etc.
 
Old 10-07-2011, 10:59 AM   #4
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They arent versions, they are distrobutions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution

A distribution will have its own versions Red Hat 5, for eg.

And the linux kernel will have its own versions, ie: 2.6.38

And they will both have their own architecture ie: x86_64, i386

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Old 10-08-2011, 03:48 AM   #5
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Answer by abdullahsavas erroneously sent as report:
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Thank you fukawi1 for your nice reply:
It was really appreciative for me as a beginer user ,but what are these ditributives are for ,are they distributed to do a special purpose ,i.e. Open suse is ditributed for networking purposes ,am I right? so if it is O.K. what other distribuves work for?
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:52 AM   #6
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You didn't think this would be a frequently asked question? Google is your friend. It gave several links that are useful:

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus/...ibutions-16831
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...utions-492892/
http://markharrison.wordpress.com/20...tions-distros/
 
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Again a misguided response from abdullahsavas to Nylex's post:
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Thank you again for your commands which were so clear ,also please accept my appologize for my mistakes as my native language is not English so some mistakes are so common eventhough it will come to you so stupid but as we do not think in a way that the english spoken people do so,it happens.
@abdullahsavas: please don't click the REPORT button, you can either click the QUOTE button or write your answer in the Quick Reply box below the last post. Thx.
 
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:08 PM   #8
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Hello, i typed this last week for another nooby who thought a similar thing, so i thought i'd copy and paste it here for you too abdullahsavas.
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just to update your knowledge, Although often called "Linux", linux is infact just the kernel of the operating system, the kernel is like the soul of the operating system; the rest is all Gnu applications, which is like the body of the operating system, and then the packages, which is what the user will usually install/uninstall, these are like the clothes of the operating system. So when you say "Linux", the more correct label is 'Gnu/Linux'. Version is also not the right word to use: Distribution is the word you were after. This is important because Gnu/Linux Distributions are like Windows in this respect, windows has it's own versions, xp, vista, 7, ect; and each Gnu/Linux distribution has it's own versions too, which is usually just a number.
 
Old 10-08-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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there are far too many distributions to explain the pros and cons of each individually here, for a long list of distributions with descriptions of each look at http://distrowatch.com/

In a more general sense,
Some distributions are good for old hardware (Puppy, DamnSmall Linux)
Some are full desktop systems (Ubuntu, Fedora)
Some are designed more for servers (CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux)
Some are Do It Yourself systems, that you get some basics and build your own full distro from there (Linux From Scratch, Tinycore)
Some focus on very up-to-date software (Arch, Fedora)
Some focus on stability and simplicity (Slackware, Gentoo)
some focus on freedom (GNUsense, Trisquel)
And so on and so on...
 
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