I've had several people ask me what I think the best, top, most user friendly, ultimate, and so on distribution is--so now I'm publishing my Top 10 Linux Distributions in reverse order of preference. Ease of installation, commercial support, community support, updates, administrative tools, stability, performance, and to a lesser extent--their ranking on [URL="http://www.distrowatch.com"]DistroWatch.com[/URL]. 10. [URL="http://www.novell.com"]SuSE[/URL] (SLED, [URL="http://www.opensuse.org"]OpenSuSE[/URL], etc.) - This bottom spot belongs to Novell's Linux offerings mostly due to the commercial version's lackluster performance and overall updatedness (if that's a word). SuSE Linux seems to be a bit behind the curve for updated hardware drivers. Though it's community-supported …

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Hello ALL! I believe this has been posted/discussed in one way or another, but, again: I use Linux now quite long back. Started in late 90s with some ancient SuSE, breaking for couple of years, and then, again, probably with Ubuntu 5.10. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS was so good to me. We were "happily married" few years. But, I changed my laptop, and then, wanted to try something more recent. Tried some, at the time contemporary Ubuntu, and then I realized my first disappointment with this distribution: too short life cycle. So, I moved to Debian testing. Was happy, again... But, …

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Hi, I need help in designing a function that would model the arrival of the messages in the queue following poisson distribution. I shall be grateful for this kind help.

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My "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229382.html"]10 Best Linux Distributions of 2009[/URL]" list drew a bit of disdain from some of my readers, so I thought I'd make it up to them by posting a list of Linux distributions that [I]they[/I] like to use. Since I have no way of knowing which of these distributions is better or worse than the others, I've place them in alphabetical order instead of any real ranking based on quality, community, development cycle or other criteria. I want to show you, faithful reader, that I do indeed read your comments and take your feedback seriously. You have a voice …

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Hello I have a > b(for example) I need to generate random number x that belongs from a to b for example a = 9, b = 16 x has to be x > 9 and x < 16 I use cstdlib.. but can't guess how to do it (using rand()) can you do it, without any while or for?? this is a part of a huge program... so I have to do it carefully, this my program doesn't work.. I think the reason is that... this is a part of my program ... the excercise was about a game …

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Any list of best or worst will have its opponents and proponents and I foresee that this list of worst Linux distributions will be no different. There were, at last count, almost 300 Linux distributions and they all can't be great. But, this list of Linux distributions are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot. Beginning with the least offensive at number 10 to the least desirable at number 1, this list is a compilation of my opinions and experiences with various distributions over the past 15 years but only current distributions are included. [B]10. Security-enabled Distributions[/B] - If …

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When I started exploring Linux back in 1994-1995, there were very few resources available and many of the problems I experienced didn't have solutions. That was a long time ago. The situation has changed for the better. These days, there are plentiful resources for those new to Linux or for those of you who want to learn more. I've compiled a list, in no particular order, of ten ways to explore Linux based on my experiences. Linux, for me, has been a path to enlightenment about this Unix-like system on commodity hardware and I hope others find it as fascinating …

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Do you consider yourself to be fairly familiar with the [URL="http://www.debian.org"]Debian[/URL] Linux distribution? I thought I was familiar with it enough to know its origin and history, how its name was derived and that Richard Stallman, the Father of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org"]Free Software[/URL] movement, uses a Debian derivative ([URL="http://www.gnewsense.org/"]gNewSense[/URL]) for his own [URL="http://www.lemote.com/"]personal computer[/URL]. There's one significant piece of the Debian puzzle that I didn't know about: Its [URL="http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution"]Constitution[/URL]. It has a Constitution and well-defined leadership roles. It also has well thought out rules of engagement, problem resolution and overall structure. I sincerely applaud the creators and successors who've pushed Debian …

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Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. It allows users to foray into the inner workings of their computers, emphasizing total customizability for optimal performance and minimum size. It is not for users who are looking for an operating system as soon as possible. Installations can take many hours, especially since the entire system is compiled from source. Because of Portage, the package system, installations and updates are generally easy, but nevertheless time-consuming. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer. Being a Gentoo user …

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I've run across ten new Linux distributions inspired by current news stories. Some, of course, are better than others and a few just have no practical use or purpose whatsoever but still are worth a mention. These ten distributions are in no particular order of my preference or relevance. Maybe you've run across some of them too in your Internet travels. [B]1. Lohanix [/B]- This cute little gem is still not mature but it sure is fun to use. It has all the latest gadgetry and accessories to keep you occupied for minutes at a time. The best part of …

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If you've always wanted to create your own Linux distribution (distro), like I have, now you can by using a tool that was originally developed to create Virtual Appliances. [URL="http://www.susestudio.com"]SUSE Studio[/URL] (still currently in alpha) is a web-based tool that helps you create Linux Virtual Appliances and complete bootable distros on CD/DVDs or USB drives. Starting in early 2009, you can sign up for the beta version but to see the power of this tool now, you can pick up the January 2009 copy of [URL="http://www.linux-magazine.com"]Linux Pro Magazine[/URL] complete with screenshots and a full description of its features. You begin …

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I just read a post on another site from someone who calls himself (herself?), [B]linux guru[/B], and it made me ponder the following question: What is a Linux Guru? I've known many knowledgeable people over the years but never have I met an actual guru. I wonder if people like linux guru think that he can call himself "linux guru" because he believes that everyone else is a Linux Newbie? Or, perhaps linux guru is the world's only true Linux Guru and he wants his due fame. To help answer the question, I've compiled a list of ten characteristics that …

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Ever pine away for a car for months, or even years, then when you finally get it—you have buyer’s remorse? You should have taken a test drive. Sure, you say, testing a car with a chatty salesperson next to you isn’t ownership but it does give you an idea of the look and feel of the car from the inside out. You can do the same with Linux—take it for a test drive before you commit! Yes, through the magic of Live CDs, a CD that holds an entire Linux Operating System that boots and acts like it’s installed on …

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It's a fact of life that Linux distributions go extinct and it happens more often than our Linux fan base would like to admit. At last count, there are approximately [URL="http://lwn.net/Distributions/#historical"]50[/URL] individual distributions that are now extinct. What happens to the poor unfortunates who adopt and use these defunct distros? Are they left in the cold or are there alternatives that are close enough that a relatively tech savvy administrator could migrate apps and dependencies to another distribution? Some of these distributions were excellent and very capable. [URL="http://www.damnsmalllinux.org"]Damn Small Linux[/URL] (DSL) is a notable one that I used extensively and …

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At my last, best count, there were over 550 individual Linux distributions. From the most generic, flat installs of the most common distros to ultra-specialized, multimedia-oriented to the eye-popping, fancy ones--they're all there for the taking. I found ten distributions from among the 500 or so that I know about to spotlight these for some special feature or set of features that will dazzle you or entice you to try them for yourself. Read on and get ready to download. One word of caution: Some of these distributions are so clever and cool that, once you begin working with them, …

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Have you searched for Linux distributions that are 100% free? Did you find more than one that suited your needs? Well, here's a list of nine from which you can choose your favorite. Free means freedom to alter, redistribute, sell or release as a different product with no restrictions on you or your new distribution. [B]1. [URL="http://www.blagblagblag.org"]BLAG[/URL][/B] - Blag is an operating system. Blag has a suite of graphics, internet, audio, video, office, and peer to peer file sharing applications. Based on Fedora, Blag has just about everything you'd ever need for productivity and fun. [B]2. [URL="http://www.dragora.org"]Dragora[/URL][/B] - Dragora is …

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Since I check my linkbacks religiously, I noticed one of the comments over at [URL="http://www.linsux.org"]linsux.org[/URL] (An anti-Linux rant site) on my recent post, "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story226405.html"]5 Things You Can Do to Put Linux in the Driver Seat[/URL]" and thought I would share one of the entries with you. He wants us Linux types to stop work on so many disparate distributions and focus on a single one. Is this a good idea or the best idea I've ever heard? He lists a few items, beginning strangely at #6, that he wants Linux fans to cease and desist on but the one that …

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Linux distributions could use a boost in a few different areas, specifically these five: Virtualization, Graphics, Games, Point-of-Sale and Education. Some significant progress has been made in the past year or so in virtualization and graphics but there's still more to do. Everyone has their own set of ideals for Linux development but if effort is focused in each of these areas, we'll see much more mainstream adoption of Linux-based technologies. [B]1. Virtualization -[/B] Linux is currently the platform of choice when it comes to virtualization. [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL]'s ESX and [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Citrix[/URL] XenServer are synonymous with enterprise virtualization. However, now that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s …

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My good friend and partner in crime, [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow"]Jason Perlow[/URL] is working on (as I'm writing this) a new Linux distribution that is Hyper-V ready. It is a modified OpenSUSE 11.1 that includes the Linux Integration Components (ICs) from [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]. He'll have a link to it on his blog in a day or two for everyone to use. So, Jason is baking a new Linux distribution that he calls the Jason Server and he's using OpenSUSE because it's free and he can build a distribution easily on [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL]'s [URL="http://www.susestudio.com"]SUSE Studio[/URL]. The Linux ICs allow you to install Linux seamlessly onto a …

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It's hard to convince Joe and Mary User to convert to Linux when the first things you hear from them are: "Where's my <insert stupid application here>?" "Why can't I just have <insert ridiculous thing here>?" or the ever-popular "This doesn't work like <insert overpriced application here>?" Honestly, it's enough to make me want to tell them to "just buy a Mac and stop calling me." Linux, after all, is for smart people and I really don't find any reason to "dumb it down" for the general population. Linux converts feel that they must proselytize everyone they know and have …

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Prejudices and opinions aside, at some point in your career you'll be asked to select a viable Linux distribution for your corporate network. How will you choose? Will you use the same distribution that you use at home or will you do some research and find something that's corporate-ready? Are you up to the task? Do you know what to look for in a distribution to support a corporate environment? Here are 5 ways to decide on a Linux distribution for your corporate network. [B]1. Commercial Support[/B] - This is a sore subject among some Linux types since most believe …

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I've been in discussions with a group of other writers, Linux distribution watchers, Linux community leaders and developers in the past few days concerning Linux commercial vs. Linux community versions and some of us came to the conclusion that [URL="http://www.fedoraproject.org"]Fedora[/URL]'s relevance has waned. In fact, it might be time to scrap it completely. Or maybe it's time for [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] to step up and support it formally and unconditionally. Fedora is the only major community Linux edition that has no commercial support option from its commercial benefactor. Even OpenSolaris has commercial support from [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL]. This brings me to the question, …

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I can't say that I've been waiting patiently or otherwise for the upcoming April 2009 (9.04) Ubuntu release and my indifference is justified. There are some updates and OpenOffice.org 3.x is included in this release--blah blah blah. Frankly, this release is a yawn. I'm not disappointed by it--it happens. Should you upgrade to it? My personal opinion is no. Wait for the October release as there should be more marked improvements in that one. The October releases seem to be better for me--at least from past experience. Maybe the answer is to go to an annual release pattern instead of …

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Today, December 26, is the first day of LinuXmas, the Festival of Distros. This three day, three night uber fest of booting new Linux distributions is a new tradition for geeky boys and girls around the world. Here's how it works: Download Live Linux CDs from [URL="http://www.distrowatch.com"]DistroWatch[/URL], burn them or use a virtualization software to boot and discover as many new Linux distributions as possible. What could be more fun than that? You could also learn something about Linux in the process. The current top distributions waiting for LinuXmas madness are: 1. [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] - No surprise here and a great …

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BestBuy is now offering Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) in a shrink-wrapped box for $19.99. This is the only packaged Linux that BestBuy currently sells. I haven't seen the package or visited my local BestBuy store in several months but I am happy about this decision. Shelf space is at a premium in retail stores so it says something for the Zeitgeist of the future of Linux. And sure, there have been shrink-wrapped Linux CDs before and you can usually get a CD or DVD of the latest version of some distribution attached to one of the glossy Linux magazines at …

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The End.