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Old 11-23-2006, 10:40 PM   #1
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Distro for web development

I'm brand new to Linux. Don't have it installed yet. But I'm shopping around and need help choosing a distribution.
Mostly, I'll be doing web development (LAMP, plan to play with some XML, java (maybe C#?) eventually)
I don't plan to host my own sites, but one of my reasons for switching to linux is that it's becoming a royal pain to develop in a windows environment and then have to reconfigure my scripts for hosting on a linux platform.
Which brings me to my next point. I want to spend my time fiddling with my scripts, not my OS. So I need a distribution that will be stable, and low maintenance.
Also, I need to file share via wilan with 2 other windows machines (2000, and XP)

Is there a distribution out there that you can recommend? Why or why not?
What else do I need to know?
Thanks in advance for your help and advice!

PS- I'm running an AMD chip (1.8Ghz, 512GB ram) don't know what else you need to know, but apparently that might matter?
Old 11-23-2006, 10:52 PM   #2
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ubuntu is nice for those new to linux. set up XAMPP.
Old 11-24-2006, 12:44 AM   #3
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Any distro will do what you want all you have to do is instal the right programs: Mandriva is quite good for web development:

here are a few you might also want to check out:


PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.


This Distro is small fast and effective, the ultimite Workers CD


is A one CD install of Fedora Core


also SUSE:


Fedora Core:



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