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Surely there must be a Linux Distribution that's right for what I want?!
Linux isn't a monopoly. Linux is made by many different people and companies, and they are allowed to benefit from each-other's work. Each new Linux is known as a "Distribution" or a Distro, for short. There are many Distros. There's a list of a few of them on this page. Also see Distrowatch where there's a comparison of some of the notable Distros. I wrote to Distrowatch to ask a question, a quite reasonable question. You can see the "reply" I got.
Free BSD *
Yellow Dog Linux
Komodo - was www.komodolinux.org
tinysofa - was www.tinysofa.org
ZipHam - was http://zipham.free.fr
Deepin - was http://linux.deepin.org/
ASP Linux - was www.asplinux.ru
PC BSD *
CLE Taiwan - was http://cle.linux.org.tw/wp/
Bio Brew - was http://biobrew.bioinformatics.org
Vinux - was http://vinux.org.uk
Zorin - was http://www.zorin-os.webs.com/
Catix - was www.catix.cat !
|From - Thu Dec 02 19:51:45 2010
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:51:44 +0000
Well Done on running Distrowatch! I'll be adding a link to you from www.zyra.org.uk/linux.htm on the next issue of my site (Issue145).
I'm writing to you as I am in optimistic hope that you may be able to help with a vexing puzzling question which I have about Linux.
I've been using Linux on my main computers for years, as I write computer programs (in Gnu C) and Linux is like the sort of thing the university had where I studied. These days the Linux computer in my "office" is also the Samba server so all the machines can see the stuff.
I was OK when it was Fedora 8, but when attempts were made to upgrade to Fedora 13, the text became ludicrously small and the real-terminals were slow. I like to program with 80x25 text, and I feel I should be able to do that. I don't GUI unless I have to. It is a thing to be avoided.
In your vast knowledge of comparative Linux distros, do you know of any available distro which is still live, which has proper 80x25 text terminals on ctrl-alt-f[1..6] etc and a separate optional GUI?
Sorry to ask such as basic question when you're so famous, but I feel that this type of question is the sort of thing which many people would like to ask. For example, someone might want to know... "Can you get a Linux distro that [insert characteristics here]". This type of thing, where visitors to Distrowatch can specify a set of characteristics and get a result, might be a worthwhile feature to add. It's just a thought.
Thanks in advance :-)
|From - Thu Dec 02 20:29:41 2010
|It's NOT bulk e-mail. It's one message sent to one person.|
* Items marked with an asterisk in this list are of a spirit similar to Linux, but not strictly-speaking are they Linux!
BULK EMAIL?! What cheek! When I as one person send an email to one other person, I consider it insulting to be told it's bulk email. Still, never mind that. Google gets it wrong again. The search continues. There are a few other useful places to look, for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution where you can see an evolutionary tree of Linux. There's also www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/ where you can answer questions and get a Linux distro list, but there seem to be GUI assumptions made up-front, so that's a snag. There's also http://www.livecdlist.com/ which includes only Live Distros (that is, Linux that works off a CD/DVD rather than installing). Then there's http://www.linux.org/dist/list.html (gone?), a list of Linux Distros.
If you know of other distros, please say, and then they can be added to the list. In particular, I am keen to know of a Linux distro where real 80x25 text still works! (That's proper terminals, on alt-f2 etc not virtual GUI terminals!)