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Old 05-02-2005, 05:56 PM   #1
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building a linux development worksation/desktop

Good day !

I'm not trying to ask stupid questions or get into some sort of flame .

I need a box that will be used mostly for development (C/C++, Perl, Python, PHP, ASM) and I am having a bit of difficulty chosing the best combination of a Linux Distribution and a Window manager . The thing is .. I know that you're supposed to swap through distributions and see wich one fits your needs best but the truth is , getting a linux distribution isn't such an easy task for me . So I would like to be helped out with some names instead of downloading all distros out there ..

Now, the box woun't be used exclusively for development .. Web Browsing, IRCing/Instant Messaging, Email, music etc. will be used aswell .

I am simply wandering .. is there a cirtain distro (or more) that is known to be prefered by software developers (in the languages mentioned above) [same thing for a window manager] ... and why ?

Also, how are: Gentoo, Fedora Core, BlackBox, Gnome from this point of view ? (I know that the first 2 are distros, the last 2 are WM)

I hope some of you will find it in your hearts to take the time to help me .. if you don't want to give a detailed answer, your personal case if you are a software developer will help greatly (i.e.: "I don't know about others but I use Debian Sid + OpenBox")

Thank You !
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I don't know if you are purchasing a distro, or downloading one. The download editions of some distros don't have all of the compiling tools that you may want. However, it is easy to locate a ftp mirror site that has them and changing the installation source for the new site. On Mandrake Linux, I think that all of the tools you need are included. Also the easyurpmi web site can be used to help you find and set up your installation and upgrade sources.
I use SuSE currently, and installed from a purchased package. Some messages have indicated that some of the tools needed to do the work you want to do are not on the download dvd. Even so, you could look for a package on . Save the link address of the ftp site. Browse the site. If it is a SuSE mirror site, you can set this site up as your new installation source (using YaST).

I haven't even mentioned many of the more popular distros. I'm most familiar with these two. If you prefer Gnome over KDE, you might want to give Fedora Core a look.

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Old 05-02-2005, 06:14 PM   #3
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I'm downloading the distros .. I forgot to mention but I'm looking for a Free solution
Old 05-02-2005, 08:31 PM   #4
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most programmers i know use debian, slackware or bsd systems... i myself do


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