Sunday, 20 May 2007

Comparison of Linux distributions

Wikipedia: Comparison of Linux distributions.


Each Distro has a package managing system, and uses a package format, i.e:

deb for Debian,
rpm for Fedora(Red Hat),
tgz for Slackware,


Package management tools:

Debian: apt, aptitude

Fedora: rpm, yum

OpenSuse: rpm, zipper

Mandrake: rpm, urpm

Gentoo: emerge


Some distros act as base for other derived distros:

Debian (base) -> Ubuntu

Fedora (base) -> Centos


Some distros are backed by an enterprise:

Ubuntu by Canonical Ltd.

Fedora by Red Hat


Most distros distribute binary packages, but Gentoo distribute source code files which you compile in your system.


Linux from Scratch is a guide to build your own GNU/Linux based system.

1 comentarios:

Pablo said...

There's a nice article on Linux.com about the meaning of the word distro, and talking about what a distro is/is not.

Enjoy it!