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berserken

join:2011-03-27
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Linux Distribution Chooser

Saw this at the bjoernvold.com/forum: zegenie Studios Linux Distribution Chooser

Distributions included
The following distributions are being matched against your answers
Fedora
Mandriva
OpenSuSE
Debian
(Simply-)MEPIS
Ubuntu, Kubuntu
Linux Mint
PCLinuxOS
Gentoo
Slackware
Arch Linux

Take the test in your language
You've helped us translate the test into these languages:
English, Czech, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, Finnish, Norwegian (all flavors), Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovak, Macedonian, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Estonian, Hebrew and Lithuanian.

This test requires javascript and cookies enabled to work.

Seems like a nicely put together little distro chooser that might be useful for those just getting into Linux.


GILXA1226
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Picked me correctly, I was 95% Gentoo, which is the only primary Linux OS I run. (I run others, but mostly just to try out in VMWare)
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leibold
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It chose 3 distributions as 100% matches for me: Mandriva, openSuSE and Fedora (in this order).

Figuring that this was because I specified a preference for RPM packages I tried again indicating I didn't care about package management. That gave the same 3 distributions but added Debian as another 100% candidate (plus a number of additional distributions with 95% and 90%).

I primarily use SuSE Linux.
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rexbinary
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reply to berserken

Interesting, it indeed picked Fedora for me. I'm curious how package format question is weighted though.


pablo
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reply to berserken

Hi,

Very nifty tool. It picked my distro (openSUSE) as well as two others: Mandriva and Fedora.

Perhaps one day I'll try one or the other distro's. The latest openSUSE drop is right around the corner though ...

Cheers,
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Steve
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reply to berserken

Curious that it has no option to say that you want no runtime GUI (manage remotely via SSH).


pablo
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If you don't care for a desktop environment, pick `I don't care'

What desktop environment do you prefer?
I prefer KDE
I prefer GNOME
I prefer to (also) have other desktop environments available
I don't care
What's the difference?
Cheers,
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GraysonPeddi
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reply to berserken

100% Kubuntu
100% Debian
95% Linux Mint
95% Ubuntu

Via mentioning of Linux Mint, I think the distro chooser meant "Linux Mint KDE."

I do not mind making use of experimental software for my desktop computer even though I still use Kubuntu 12.04 with all the latest software from KXStudio. It would be nice if the distro chooser would ask me "what do you do with your computer" with "making music" being one of my choice, including GIMP and Blender.
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reply to Steve

said by Steve:

Curious that it has no option to say that you want no runtime GUI (manage remotely via SSH).

Yes, it had a "server" option then asked what desktop Gui you wanted

My linux boxes have no CRT
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berserken

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With just a cursory look, responding, "Know my way around, prefer rpm, KDE, liveCD, many programs, devel packages available, latest and greatest stable software..", I get

100% Fedora
100% OpenSuSE
100% Mandriva

and I use Mandriva. It's not overly ambitious, comfortably brief, well-focused, necessarily restricted, and seems to return good guesses. I don't know how newbie input would process but I bet it gives a credible first hack at the mystery of what to install for newcomers. The developer invites questions and suggestions.

Send an email to distributions at zegeniestudios dot net (or use the feedback form) if your favourite distribution is missing, distribution details are wrong, or if you want to help out translating.


mich

join:2008-08-30
reply to berserken

100% for Mandriva, Kubuntu, Mint, Suse, Fedora and Ubuntu
95% Gentoo and Slack

Where can I file bug reports?



Steve
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reply to pablo

said by pablo:

If you don't care for a desktop environment, pick `I don't care'

Saying "I don't care" is not the same as "I don't want any GUI"

longgone

join:2000-12-30
Culloden, WV
reply to berserken

Hmm. Every test attempt with same choices results with....
Sorry, we were not able to find any matches. Please check back later.
Guess my picks were not cohesive enough.

Persistent Linux use since 05' and with a gazillion distro, then mainly PCLinuxOS and Ultimate, but for now... the Latest Sabayon KDE is impressive.



sivran
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reply to berserken

I guess running a Debian box for so long and eventually moving to Ubuntu turned me into a Deb fan.

'course, I guess the many years of rock-solid service that deb box gave could turn anyone into a fan.

I think the package preference question is significantly-weighted, possibly overly so. I chose deb because quite honestly, I haven't really used anything else very much. My results ended up being 100% Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/Kubuntu, with no mention of anything else at all. Repeating the test but changing package preference to "Don't know/Don't care" got me a variety of results, with Fedora on top, followed by Mint. Given that, I don't think this tool would be useful for a linux newbie wondering which one to install. They're not gonna know which package they prefer, and if that's all it takes to make the test suggest everything, then... yeah.

Overall I think it's trying to tell me I should probably go back to regular old Debian, but consider giving Fedora a shot.
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Steve
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For the record, I'm a "CentOS 6 Minimal Install" kind of guy


pablo
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reply to Steve

I knew you'd respond that way ... predictable! lol!



IhatemyISP
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reply to berserken

Picked me spot on at 100% Gentoo...though I'll run Ubuntu when it's easier (i.e. on a Beaglebone/RaspberryPi)



Santa Fe
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Aw, not one mention of Lubuntu or Xubuntu. Poo on Ubuntu & KDE

Just kidding of course.
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intok

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reply to berserken

It picked me as a 100% Mint user. When this first came out years ago it picked me as an Ubuntu user.



No_Strings
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reply to berserken

It flagged me as a Gentoovian. Fail.



laprjns
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reply to berserken

Yikes, that's uncanny. I'm 100% Slackware. I actually run Salix, but I'm sure that it can't make that subtle distinction.



El Quintron
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reply to berserken

Pretty excellent:

100% Kubuntu
100% Ubuntu
100% Linux Mint
95% Debian

That was pretty interesting.
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FiReSTaRT
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Gave me 100% on all of the major desktop distros lol


garywk

join:2001-03-06
Clarkston, WA
reply to berserken

I have to sort of laugh at the results. It gave me KUbuntu as my "first" choice and Debian as my second choice. I like neither Ubuntu nor KDE. It's second choice is my actual distro of choice, but even then it gave me a qualifier that Debian might not run on my hardware. Debian unstable runs fine. It's faster than XP was as this 8 year old laptop came with XP on it.

I couldn't play a video on it without it skipping so badly the video was unwatchable with XP installed.

Videos have always played fine since installing any one of several versions of Debian, from either Sarge or Etch, I can't remember which I first installed on this laptop, on.
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Bill_MI
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reply to berserken

Interesting..

100%... Mandriva, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, OpenSuSE, Fedora
95%... Kubuntu

Not real specific in my case.



dark_star

join:2003-11-14
Louisville
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reply to berserken

Badly flawed, in my opinion.

I specified stable software over leading edge software, and it put me on Fedora.

It is also factually incorrect. It says that Debian has no graphical installer. Debian has had a GUI installer for a few years.



pcdebb
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100% on OpenSuSe, Mandriva, Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

I'm running Mint right now, tried Kubuntu and Ubuntu, never looked at Mandriva, have recently thought about trying OpenSuSe
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berserken

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reply to dark_star

said by dark_star:

Badly flawed, in my opinion.

I specified stable software over leading edge software, and it put me on Fedora.

It is also factually incorrect. It says that Debian has no graphical installer. Debian has had a GUI installer for a few years.

There is a feedback mechanism:

Send an email to distributions at zegeniestudios dot net (or use the feedback form) if your favourite distribution is missing, distribution details are wrong, or if you want to help out translating.

I pinged the developer with a link to this thread so, hopefully, he and the chooser can benefit from these reports.


dark_star

join:2003-11-14
Louisville
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1 recommendation

Regarding the Debian GUI installer, I gave feedback to him several months ago. Obviously, it wasn't acted upon.

And there is still the issue of making Fedora a 100% match, when I specified stable over leading edge software.



wmcbrine
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reply to berserken

It's a bit out of date. For instance, it should ask, "Do you want a distro that sells you out?".
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