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Distributions

  • Debian - Debian is a powerful and complex Linux distribution that is not geared toward new or less experienced users.
  • Linux Mandrake - The Linux Mandrake distribution is well known for being easy to use and install.
  • Red Hat - Red Hat's Linux distribution is the de-facto standard -- it is the best known and probably the first place vendors go to test their hardware and software. Red Hat is now commercial software, i.e., you must purchase it.
    • Fedora - Fedora is the free test / development version of Red Hat.
  • Slackware - Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions and retains a loyal following among Linux enthusiasts.
  • SuSE - SuSE (which is pronounced "SUE-zuh") is another popular distribution.