Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 01-31-2008, 07:31 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2008
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Linux software version


I am a new user to Linux and I would Like to know different version of it.
can anyone help me by giving brief description of each

Old 01-31-2008, 07:40 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Distribution: Gentoo, RHEL, Fedora, Centos
Posts: 43,417

Rep: Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981
that's really not possible. there are literally thousands of versions of what you would call "Linux" - i.e. software distributions. just look for yourself at a site like pages and pages and pages of them.
Old 01-31-2008, 07:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Indiana
Distribution: RHEL/CentOS/SL 5 i386 and x86_64 pata for IDE in use
Posts: 4,790

Rep: Reputation: 57
Far to many versions of Linux distros out there, if you want info on most of them then visit:
Old 01-31-2008, 07:50 AM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Many of them are alike, especially those that are based on the same "mother" distribution, but there may be big-ish differences between such distributions too. For a quick start I recommend you find out (by reading like mentioned above, maybe trying, ...) the major differences between RedHat, Debian and Slackware. That's a start -- many of the other major distributions are based on those, and resemble them in some ways.

It won't give you a perfect picture of how things are, but a starting point. Pay attention to package management, system/service configuration (how it's managed) and such. Don't pay too much attention to desktop outlooks, because they can always be tweaked to look like something else..most of them use either KDE, Gnome or XFCE, and offer (of course) a wide variety of other, smaller window managers or desktops. The real differences are "under the hood", how the system and it's changes are organized.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is there a linux version of software to use with my digital camera? njschroe Linux - Software 4 07-27-2005 03:53 AM
Why does new software force me to upgrade my version of Linux to get new libs? KWTm Linux - Software 1 07-09-2005 09:21 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:15 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration