7 Linux Distros reviewed

I’m a little late in posting this article, since most of the Distros mentioned here are out with newer versions.

But since  it was so informative, I thought I’d post it anyways.

I thought I was the only jobless person interested in trying out Linux Distros on my VirtualBox or sometimes triple booting. But it turns out there are actually others who do 7 of ’em at a time and, as if that wasn’t enough, they make it a point to document it too.

Cool !!

The folks at Informationweek have done a Shootout of 7 popular Linux Distros. They did it on 5 different machines as if to prove a point or something.

Does it live a lot to be desired ? Have they left some very notable cadidates like the fanatically followed Kubuntu or the geeky Gentoo ? Did they miss out on a coupla hundred tests ?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, but that’s not the point.

The point is, Ubuntu is arguably the best Ditro around and I use it !!! 🙂

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I hate to Pray… or worship…. especially non-existent creatures like God. But everytime I don’t attend a Pooja or refuse to enter a place of worship, I see the look of disappointment in my Parent’s face. I wish I could just load a Virtual “Me” who would go ahead and do all these awful things for me.
Better still, imagine having a few more virtual “Me”s so that I can try Pepe, Levi’s and Wrangler simultaneously and get over with the tedious task of buying a Jeans as soon as possible.

I think, Virtualisation is one of the most intriguing technologies among the sea of software innovations that surrounds us.

My first tryst with virtualisation was when I first used Vmware.
“A software computer !!!” That was my first impression. I was thoroughly impressed by the technology. Not so much with the fact that I could run an OS within an OS, but more so because I could decided how much RAM can be allocated by sliding a button. How cool was that ?!!

Sadly though, this was at a time when I used only Windows (unaware of the existence of Linux) and any new App held my attention for approximately 30 mins.
Here I am, a few years later and the full realization of what virtualisation means has just started hitting me !!!

The actual concept and theory behind virtualisation is not in the scope of this post, but I would like to leave the reader to dig more on the word “Hypervisor“.

An open source alternative to Vmware is VirtualBox. I have personally used it and although, frankly, it does not match up to Vmware, I think its pretty good.
Vmware also has an open source product, the Vmware player.

But recently, another player entered this market, Xen. It was recently acquired by Citrix , who now boast of end-to-end virtualisation solutions. Although it still maintains a homepage, its commercial website has been moved.

Finally, with the 2.6.20 kernel release sometime around Jan 2007, the kvm was introduced. The kernel developers, realizing the potential and need of virtualisation, added a kernel level support to aid the specialised hardware that had started proliferating the market.

As I mentioned earlier, I have already used Vmware ( only a few of its products , that too as Shareware) and VirtualBox. I know Xensource was part of Knoppix and even CentOS 5, but I never really got to using it. And kvm, is a topic I am immensely interested in and plan to keep track of it as part of my endeavour to keep abreast with this fascinating technology.

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