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Hi Members

 

Been busy for awhile learning all about the world of free and open source. What a community! I figured this post would relate to Heliohost in that Heliohost offers free web space.

 

Anyone using Linux?

What distribution do you use and why?

What desktop environment do you prefer? KDE or GNOME?

 

Some interesting links I found are listed below.

 

http://en.wikipedia....ux_distribution (Look at the Timeline chart on the right)

 

http://en.wikipedia....x_distributions

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64_Studio

 

http://en.wikipedia....ware_Foundation

 

http://en.wikipedia....ware_Foundation

 

Be well!

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I use Ubuntu, I recently started learning assembly and basic hacking techniques, so it's good for setting up a penetration testing environment while still being fully functional for classwork.

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Yes Ubuntu apparently has the largest support system but I was digging deeper and found some interesting distributions whose philosophy is 100% free and open source software. Free software is a matter of freedom, not price, although free software is usually distributed at no charge. Think "free" as in "free speech", not "free beer".

 

Apparently many Linux distros have non-free software. Ubuntu installs non-free software by default. Debian provides non-free software through its repositories and includes non-free kernel drivers.

 

Some really interesting Distributions (aka - "distros") are:

https://trisquel.info/en

http://www.gnewsense.org/

http://www.dynebolic.org/

 

What is Free Software?

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

http://www.fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software

 

Philosophy of the GNU Project

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

 

GNU/Linux distributions that promote 100% Free Software

http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

 

Guidelines for free system distributions

http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html

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  • 2 weeks later...

I used to use Ubuntu, but I found that using it with other computers was very difficult. Also, you need Windows to test websites on IE and seeing as how my computer is around ten years old, using a virtual machine would 1, not fit on the HDD and 2, would use too much of the resources.

 

It's just plain easier to use Windows.

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I finally installed a Linux distro about 3 weeks ago. I chose Debian "Squeeze" stable. Learning a lot. I'm dual booting Debian and Windows using 2 separate hard drives (one for each OS). Right now I'm trying to figure how to get youtube videos to play. Apparently I need some sort of flash (as in Adobe flash).

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  • 4 weeks later...

I love Linux. I personally use Ubuntu, mainly because of it's delightful Unity shell. And I don't care Ubuntu includes "non-free" software because I'm not going to rewrite it myself. And yes, I can't test in IE but so what? I make sites for good browsers so I don't need to test it on IE. The only complaint I have about Linux is that I haven't found a shell which properly supports 2 displays. All shells so far either slow my PC to a crawl or simply don't work at all when I have 2 displays plugged in. Also Linux lacks proper video editing tools.

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