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Old 07-03-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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Selecting Linux Distro for Office Envoirment

Obviously you people are 101% Right for converting Desktop to Linux. But still BOSS is the BOSS... and allow me to tell you real story. After a year again Microsoft send a Notice for Pirated Windows Xp (As in Pakistan every does use Pirated Windows). And BOSS just ask us to get a training at company's cost and convert every thing to Open Source.
It was the Story.

Now what does 100 Clients does Use,
(1) Customized Software of Our In-House Development.
(2) Google Chrome (Chromium does replace it but just bluring the maps).
(3) And Outlook express (Thunderbird Replaces it Beautifully).
(4) MS Office ... Libreoffice just do that work.
(5) CrossOverOffice

Till now i have tested Fedora (Crashed alot), ubuntu (Boss dosent like interface), linux mint (our hardware is very low... 1.5 GHz with 256 RAM...) so it does require 512 and high speed CPU with a good graphic Card...

I amposting here just because i want an Operating System linux based. Which is very light weight, thunderbird and libreoffice installed in it, and it should run on 256 RAM.. there are Client systems that have 512 and 1 GB RAM too. But i want to Install single Operating system on all of them. so that Trouble Shooting can be easy.

Now Please Suggest as soon as you can. Please
Old 07-03-2013, 03:00 AM   #2
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a good solution could be a distro with LXDE.
If Ubuntu and Fedora is not ok for you with LXDE, try OpenSuse or Arch
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+1 for kooru's comments. A couple of additions:
1. Google Chrome runs perfectly well on Linux.
2. Think about Debian which offers a huge range of choice for software including LXDE for the desktop. It can be as lightweight as you want it to be.
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Most of the applications you specified runs almost on all Linux distributions, except your 'Customized Software of Our In-House Development' and Google Chrome (Chrome declared Redhat Enterprise as obsolete), so google chrome is not available to Redhat/CentOS anymore.

Instead of searching for best linux like searching needle in haystack, follow some of the criteria before selecting best linux for your company:
  1. Remember you are installing linux for company (100 Nos), where most of the employees are less concerned about operating system and more concerned about their day-to-day job. They are also happen to be technologically less enthusiast, unless your company is based on IT market, and all the employees are tech savvy.

  2. Focus on what type of package system you want to have. Two stand out – RPM and DEB. Either go for rpm or deb. Its not pleasant, if half or your PCs are rpm based and other half deb based and everybody depends on you for everything (if that’s the case). Also worth mentioning here is Ubuntu provides 5 years LTS for both desktop and server (from version 12.04), which is good news for companies.

  3. Choose based on architecture. For example, Ubuntu 32-bit are i386, So you can pretty much install it on any computer from 80386 to present processors. Fedora however from version 12, is based on i686 (32-bit), so you should have atleast Pentium II processor.

  4. Then, choose skin. I personally don’t like new gnome interface. KDE is for rich and Cinnamon is too spicy. LXDE seems fine. Your boss may like it as it somewhat looks like windows XP/2000 interface.

  5. Since you also mentioned that some machines have just 256 mb ram, make two groups of people – HaveKnows and DontKnows, give machine with 1gb ram and desktop interface to DontKnows and machine with 256mb ram and headless interface to HaveKnows (yeah!! life's not fair )
Now with this knowledge, go and hunt for perfect linux at DistroWatch

Good Luck

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Old 07-03-2013, 06:35 AM   #5
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hassancheema36 I would suggest to try Lubuntu it is Ubuntu but light weight and it comes with lot applications good for office and stuff.
Look for the 12.04 version which is base on the LTS (Long Term Supported)version of Ubuntu. here is the link

I know you will be tempted to download the latest release if you do that make sure all your machines at the office have support for pae in their processor. I find that to be a limiting fact with latest releases in distros considering that lot of computer out there have no support for this feature.

pae is also the reason why I am not suggesting you to try Debian 7, but yeah Debian is very stable you could do a minimal installation then install LXDE as graphical interface on it and that will be really good too.

Good luck to you
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why don't you try with Cent OS. It is one of the most stable O.S, although prior to this, you will have to check if all the latest packages are available for it ( for the software you intend to use ).
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While I have no experience with this particular company/distribution, another potential option is ROSA. They offer the lightweight LXDE interface with LTS (5-years of support) as of 2012. See the following link for more info:


Apparently the download link listed in the link I posted above is broken. Here is the ROSA mirror for LXDE LTS 2012.

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You need a distribution that is A: Very stable, and B: Widely supported. You may want to consider paid support options, though you budget may not allow it. I still think Debian w/LXDE or a customized Ubuntu like Lubuntu is your best option.

I strongly suggest bringing all systems up to a least 1 gig of RAM. Modern linux distros will have trouble installing on low memory systems like you say you have. Most installers won't run on 256 mb.

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(our hardware is very low... 1.5 GHz with 256 RAM...)

is designed to run on low specs, like that ..
- it is a relative of

there are Client systems that have 512 and 1 GB RAM too
put Mepis onto them,
- as they are related, then the support will be easier.

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #10
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For a business, you need something that is stable and has a reasonable period of support. In your case, you also need something that can cope with older hardware.

Forget Ubuntu. Not only will the standard version need more memory than many of your computers have, but the installer frequently has trouble with older hardware.

Red Hat is the leader in enterprise Linux. There are several free repackagings if you don't want to pay for it — CentOS, Scientific Linux, Springdale Linux — they're all much the same. They normally need 640MB, but Scientific Linux gives you the chance of installing the Ice window manager, and that runs in 192MB (apparently they don't throw out their old computers at CERN, either).
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Till now i have tested Fedora
i would NOT install fedora on 100 machines in the office
-- !!! NEVER EVER !!!--

fedora is a "Research and Development " distro with a WAY TOO SHORT !!! lifespan
--- only 13 MONTHS , with a new version released EVERY 6 months
for fedora it is recommended!!! to do a new clean install to "upgrade"
so do you want to do new installs on 100 machines EVERY 6 months

- i would not --

Debian stable or CentOS 6.4 ( centos 6 has a 7 year lifespan)
better yet for the office
buy the RedHat licenses and install RHEL 6.4 ( RHEL 6 has a 10 year lifespan)

i have ScientificLinux 6.4 -32 bit ( using the Gnome2 Desktop) running VERY well on an OLD windows XP machine from 2001
- I did install 1 gig ram
and on the same machine i had CentOS 5.8 running with 512 meg ram , also using the Gnome2 DE

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #12
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As John mentioned it's a terrible idea to install Fedora in a production environment.

I'd like to give a shout out to my favorite Enterprise distros.

Ubuntu LTS
Scientific Linux

Ubuntu is used by lots, and lots of big name companies. Openstack, Wikipedia, Google... So, its probably stable enough for your environment as well.

Scientific Linux is a clone of RHEL. It has the same features as CentOS, but wheras CentOS is mainained by volunteers with day jobs and such, SL has the added benefit of having a fully staffed, fully paid team that work at CERN to maintain it. Personally, I like that.
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Just a clarification for all those that recommend Lubuntu 12.04: Lubuntu is not part of the LTS releases, support for Lubuntu 12.04 therefore ends in October this year. This will get even worse with newer versions of Lubuntu (>=13.04), since they only offer 9 months support. So for business environment Lubuntu is nothing I would recommend, rather go for Debian with LXDE (new version just released, so that you will get about three years support for it).
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Thanks For all experts.... Finally I choosed Debian with Lxde... And it is running very Smoothly on almost 20 Machines...with Cross Over.... by the Grace of GOD.... And you know what....uuffff..... that was a Tiring Job.... but i did it... Thanks Again for your help...

I was suggested by a Friend to Use Zorin. It looks like windows 7... Any-Body From all of you Suggest me Zorin???
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Stay with Debian. It is very stable and if you already went to the hard work to installed in 20 machines, why do it again with another distro.
Besided LXDE is a really light weight graphical interface. Zoring uses Gnome made looks like W7, that will probably take some of your resources that can be use to do some real work instead.

Good luck to you


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