LINUX Installation

A Comparison of the various Linux Distributions

Ubuntu 8.04 (4/21/2008) in both a Desktop and a Server edition
"Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others".
The primary Ubuntu distribution uses the Gnome desktop, although downloads are available for KDE (Kubuntu) and Xfce (Xubuntu)

Version 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) was released on 10/2007
Version 8.04 (Hardy Heron) was released on 4/21/2008

SuSE (now Novell) SuSE is provided by Novell
SusE Linux Enterprise 10.1 Desktop and Server are the present commercial offerings (9/06)

The free version is available for
32 Bit and 64 Bit

Redhat Home Site

Fedora is the free version of the RedHat distribution (Fedora Core 8 (Werewolf) is current - 11/8/2007)
Fedora is available for both 32 bit and 64 bit i386 compatible and Macintosh
The distributions are available as CD images (5 CD's) as well as a DVD image
Fedora Download Site (at Redhat Home)

Debian Home Site

(no stable 64-bit release)
Debian 3.1 is current (9/1/2006)
One claim is "as soon as Debian is up and running, all future updates of any scale can be accomplished via the apt-get utility" and eases all upgrades.
My Installation guide

The Slackware Linux Project (Homepage) - Version 10.2 current (9/2005)
Yes - this release is more than a year old !!
My Installation guide
Note - I installed ver 8.0 on 5/7/2002 - The installation is lacking in autodetection of the mouse, video, ... (I installed Redhat the next day and it autodetected everything) just points to Madriva's home page
Lycoris was formerly Redmond Linux
Lycoris was acquired by Mandriva in June 2005

Beehive Home Page - Version 0.6.0 current (4/2003)
Free Download Site (at Beehive Home)

(not usable by a non-geek) version 2007.0 released 5/7/2007
Gentoo Home Page
Free Download Site (list of Mirrors)
Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports

Caldera is now the SCO Group
Caldera Home Page
Caldera Downloads

Corel Linux - Purchased by Xandros