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Suchak Jani
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We have different linux distributions(SuSe, Redhat, Mandrake , etc...) but the following are common/same.
1. The Linux Kernel
2. KDE or Gnome Desktop
(I know the above can be of different versions.)
Now the question is where and what are the differences.
I guess this questions stems form inherent lack of knowledge of operating systems.
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Suchak Jani
 
Frank Carver
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There are a lot more Linux distributions than the few you mention - hundreds of them. All of them include a Linux kernel (or they wouldn't be Linux), but not all include a GUI desktop by any means.
A "Linux distribution" is simply a kernel and enough other software to allow it to be installed and do some sort of useful work.
Some distributions are very small (there are ones which will fit on a single floppy disc) and optimized for particular tasks such as acting as a firewall, a shared file server, or an MP3 player. Some distributions are huge and include so much additional software that they need multiple CDs or DVDs to hold it all.
Some distributions are specific to certain sorts of hardware (Alpha, Sparc or ARM processors, systems with only SCSI drives, systems with very small amounts of RAM etc.) Some include great big kernels with support for lots of different devices.
Don't think of Linux as being just an alternative to Windows for standard desktop computers. You can get Linux distributions for a lot more tasks than that. I recently built an internet firewall and gateway with automatic dial-up and DHCP to run a home network using just a spare old 486sx box with 16MB RAM and no hard drive, for example.
See The linux.org distribution page for more information and examples.
 
Suchak Jani
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Frank,
Wow, i guess i will go to the link you mentioned and study more about this as it intrests me.
Thanks for all the info.
Is there any book you would recommend for this ?
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Suchak Jani
[ July 19, 2002: Message edited by: Suchak Jani ]
 
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