Linux Families(?)j, need some help

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  1. JackReacher

    JackReacher Registered Member

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    So I have been experimenting with Linux for about 1-2 years now. So far, I have always stayed within the Debian family(?). The Distro's I have used are Ubuntu, Mint, JoliOS/JoliCloud, and TAILS. Recently I have been wanting to branch out and try some different distros. I have been searching for some articles or reviews which explain the main differences and pros and cons of the different families(?) of Linux (i.e. Debian, Red Hat, SLS/Slackware/SUSE, Knoppix, Arch, Enoch/Gentoo, etc). However, I haven't been able to find any info because I don't know the correct Linux terminology for these 'parent distros' or 'Linux Families.' Can someone help Linux newbie out and tell me what I should be searching for?

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    edit: p.s. if you have any specific articles to point to, that would be appreciated as well.
     
  2. dw426

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    This might help you a bit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions. If you look around for answers in individual distro forums, you might run into too much fan-talk. The biggest difference between the well known "general purpose" distros like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and such is primarily package managers and .rpm, .deb, and such. On the link I provided, be aware some of those are long dead. But clicking on the major distro links will provide you with ample information on a particular distro.
     
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    thanks for the quick reply dw426,

    That link actually helped me out, Wikipedia refers to the term I'm looking for as "base distributions" which didn't produce that many results but did lead me to this Wiki.
     
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    Good deal, glad I helped a little :)
     
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