3 Choosing the right Linux Distribution
Linux distributions are practically incomparable due to their techincal varia-tions. Technical variations here being support for diﬀerent hardware supportand systems or package conﬁgurations. There are three questions that shouldguide when choosing the right Linux distribution, these are:1.
What needs should the Linux distribution meet?
The purpose for which the Linux OS is to be used is a crirical considera-tion in the choosing the right distribution. Various distributiions are bestsuited for certain task for instance Ubuntu Studio is best suited for thosewho have interest in the mastering and developing of multimedia whichlack in most other Linux distros, BackTrack for ﬁrewalls among others.2.
What is the installation type?
This is determined by the purpose the operating system should server.This may break the type of installations into two major type:(a) Server install(b) Workstations / Desktop installThe type of installation required also determines the packages to beincluded in the system. However, for newbies and explores, you mayconsider installing all packages to ease the strain of adding packages whenneeded later in time.3.
Categorization of the distributions
Finally once the ﬁrst two questions have been answered satisfactorily, wecan choose a Linux distribution from iether of the groups below:(a)
For old PCs which may have very little storage space, small Linuxdistributions such as Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux, Piggy Linuxamong others may be used.(b)
Novice vs Expert user
Depending on the intended users of the system, a perfect Linux dis-tribution may be chosen. Where by a Novice may be adviced to use aLinux distribution that is easy to install and has an easy to use soft-ware updater such as Ubuntu whereas, Experts may go for systemsthat may better perform the tasks needed but may not have verygood and well developed user interfaces which may make it diﬃcultto use for novices.(c)
Bleeding edge vs Stable
Based on the requirements of the user, a user may choose a bleeding-edge distribution - here being a Linux distribution that attempts toincorporate all new developments in the open source realm. Suchdistributions are normally pleasant and fascinating to use however,they have tendencies to become unstable especially if some of theincluded software are still in ther alpha stages an example of such anoperating system is Fedora Linux and Ubuntu. On the other hand,3