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 The Difference Between GNU/Linux Distributions

"There are two kinds of distros in this world: community and commercial, and the differences are quite obvious upon comparison. Community distros can be harder to set up and use, but will offer greater control for the user. Commercial distros have nicer, more customized graphical user interfaces and they have a company behind them to help support you if you get stuck. Software can be installed via source code or pre-compiled binary packages. Neither holds any significant advantage over the other, but for desktop use you probably want to end up with a distro that allows you to update your software to a newer version if you should so desire. If you're administering machines for a business and need uniform software versions across many computers, you may find that RPM-based distros are the best way to go."

 (Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )


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