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Old 07-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Which Linux should i install on my local machine if I've started using Amazon Linux?


I've recently started using the Amazon's Linux (Amazon's own distribution) on Amazon EC2. This is a good time to shift from Windows to Linux on my local machine. I want to choose a distribution which is similar to Amazon's Linux, so that I get the same command line and the same directory paths.

If I can install the Amazon Linux on my home computer then should I? I think if I do that then I won't get a GUI to do things like browsing internet, am I correct? If so then what's the next closest distribution I should install? I've read that Amazon's is based on RHEL and is similar to CentOS. So please tell that on my home computer, which one should I install?
Amazon Linux vs Red Hat vs CentOS or something else based on Red Hat?
Or I shouldn't consider similarity and go for something which is recommended for beginners like Mint?

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:53 AM   #2
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I don't think you can get Amazon Linux anywhere except on their system.
However, it is based on RHEL, so you can
1. pay for and get RHEL (inc updates & support)
OR
2. use Centos (updates only)

Centos is basically a free version of RHEL, minus a few proprietary things like logos and access to rhn (update network).
 
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #3
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Hi,

it really depends on what you want to use if for and your experience.

Having "the same command line" and "same directory paths" can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Can you be more specific?

If you want something that is very similar (package management, init system,... ) to what you have on EC2 then CentOS is a good option. Note however that you may have trouble with CentOS on some newer laptops (fancy hardware not normally found on servers workstations etc). If you just want a Linux based OS and are not so fussy about it being so similar to EC2, then you have a huge number of options.

Evo2.
 
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:54 AM   #4
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Thank you Chris and Evo2
I don't want to pay right now. I've never used Linux before, Amazon Linux is my first. I started using it because I wanted to host a PHP website I've created. Through following some tutorials on how to install LAMP and tutorials on Linux command line, I hosted my website. While learning about Linux, I saw that the some shell commands are little different for different distributions, and questions like "Where is this configuration file located?" have different answers for different distributions. Observing this I thought that when I'll install Linux on my system it should require the same shell commands and should have the same directory paths as Amazon Linux. So that there's less to learn.
If you think that my criteria is flawed, then please tell me. And after reading your reply Evo2, I'm now realizing I haven't given much thought to hardware compatibility.
What you guys suggest?
 
Old 07-03-2013, 03:13 AM   #5
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Hi,

from what you've said in post #4 I'd say go for CentOS. Note that this means you won't get the latest and greatest GUI, but it will be rock solid and almost exactly what you are used to from EC2. Regarding hardware compatibility you shouldn't have any significant problems with s generic beige box, except perhaps for some ATI and/or Nvidia cards (but this is really only an issue if you want hardware accelerate 3D graphics). But even for these there are some 3rd party repos that provide drivers for RHEL (and derived) systems. See wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories if you are interested in 3rd party repositories.

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:32 AM   #6
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Smile

Thank you! My first experience on these forums has been very nice.

As both of you have suggested me, I'll go for CentOS. After I install it, I'll open the Repositories link.
 
  


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