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These may be silly questions but I'm having trouble understanding the precise reason for so many different distros. I realise that every distro has it's own selected packages and serves ...
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- 11-10-2011 #1
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- What happens if you just compile the Linux source code (not a distro, just linux) onto a hard drive and install a boot loader? Am I being naive or would this boot up a "barebone linux"? If not, what would it do? Would It fail because it needs extra work?
- Is the Linux core compiled WITH every ditribution and "hard wired" to it (so to speak) or can you update the linux core yourself (without updating the distro)?
- Why are they called "distros" they're clearly "distris". This has confused my understanding and always leads me to mis-spell distrobution.. I mean, distribution .
- 11-10-2011 #2
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- arch linux
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- 11-10-2011 #3Originally Posted by Fanta206
That would be almost like installing 'Linux From Scratch'. Yes, another distro
The thing is, though, assuming you compiled your kernel (Linux) correctly and added the bootloader, you would be a long way from having something usable.
Linux would load. It might even mount / (the root partition), but as there's no init, there's nothing to hand over control to. After loading Linux, init should take over and load all the rest.
Without this, you'd have no gettys waiting for someone to log in, no shell to log in to and basically you'd have a box with blinkenlights...
Amazingly good at assigning chunks of memory, switching tasks, reading block devices, but without processes to claim memory, claim CPU time or reading/writing to disk.
Originally Posted by Fanta206
Originally Posted by Fanta206Can't tell an OS by it's GUI
- 11-10-2011 #4
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- I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
IMO, the major difference between distributions is the package manager they use, and the pre-compiled packages they provide, along with the kernel version they distribute. You have a choice between current/bleeding-edge and stable. Example: RHEL 5.x and clones use kernel 2.6.18 versions, and associated packages - not the most current, but very stable. RHEL 6.x and clones use 2.6.32 kernel versions, and more up-to-date software packates - again, not the most current, but stable and support more recent hardware. The good thing is that all of these distributions can be burnt onto a 25p CD/DVD disc, or USB thumb drive, and tested to see if they meet your needs. So, play with them (a 4GB thumb drive can be used multiple times to run live USB distributions - see Unetbootin for details) and decide for yourself what will work best for you.Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!