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Old 10-31-2006, 08:29 AM   #1
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Question Need Distro recommendation for Laptop and Server


I've got a relatively new laptop: Dell Inspiron 6400, Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz, 1.5GB RAM, decent graphics, creative sound, and integrated wireless. I've also got an older compaq that I'm mucking about with to turn into a server. I'd like to convert them both. I just don't know enough to know which distro(s) to use.

Recommendations?

-Elliott

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Old 10-31-2006, 08:51 AM   #2
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Ubuntu & Ubuntu Server
Straight Debian on both (4.0 should be coming out soon I think)
Gentoo on both

Gentoo has great documentation, but can sometimes be a pain for the less experienced linux user. Debian is one of the most stable distros out there. Ubuntu is based on debian but has a faster release cycle for keeping closer to the bleeding edge of technology.

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Old 10-31-2006, 09:15 AM   #3
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How's the wireless support on those? Also, are any of them particularly good for Tor and Skype? (Yes, I know there are better things than Skype, but Skype gives me an actual phone number, which I need for work)
 
Old 10-31-2006, 11:37 AM   #4
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Hardware support is all about the kernel not the distro. If it works with one distro then it works with all of them. The difference is the tools used in configuration.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 11:39 AM   #5
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Better question then, which distro has the best wireless configuration tools?
 
Old 10-31-2006, 11:57 AM   #6
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All distros are best for someone ... all have equivalent tools ... There is no best, there is no worst.

Too bad the megathread got closed.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 01:13 PM   #7
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Point taken. Thanks all. I'll post back after I make the switch to let you know how it went.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 11:33 PM   #8
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Another questions: Do any or all of them have easy implementation of some sort of drive encryption?
 
Old 11-01-2006, 10:08 PM   #9
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You can use PGP for encryption. The kernel supports many cryptographic providers. I'd sugget Ubuntu for ease of use on the wireless thing
 
Old 11-01-2006, 10:29 PM   #10
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Linux on a Laptop... check the laptop site for listing of what people are using on the model you purchased...
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/dell.html

8 - Debian or Ubuntu (both Debian based so instructions should be almost identical)
3 - Fedora
1 - Gentoo

Based on that I would go with Debian or Ubuntu...

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