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Choosing a Linux Distro, Part 2: Favorite Flavors

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For a computer addict, choosing a Linux distribution is much like being an unsupervised child in a candy story. So many flavors with so many choices make the task of picking just one type of candy a near-impossible -- but fun-filled -- task.

For a consumer or business exec who must pick a Linux distribution (known as "distro"), the task is even more formidable. The Linux OS comes in dozens of versions. All are based on the same Linux core, but each distro is built around a specific theme or goal.

"For normal business users, the answers to three key questions will point to a good distro choice. Who are you? What are you looking for? What kind of support do I need?" Aleksander Farstad, CEO of EZ Systems, told LinuxInsider. His company, based in Norway, develops open source enterprise content management software.

Possible Steps

Decision makers will have an easier time picking a Linux distro that fits their companies' needs by answering this hardware/software/usage/support formula in one of three ways.

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