Linux Chooser was created as a side project of mine. At one point in time, quite a while ago, I needed information on linux distros because I had to set up a local server based on Linux. However, being a complete newbie I didn’t know which distro would be the best for me. So I started browsing for some information. What was interesting to me was that most information came from various fora. There were some sites which offered tests you could take to find which Linux distribution would fit you best. But to me they seemed a bit daunting for many beginners, especially if you’re not a computer wizard.
Time went on, I created a Linux box based on Debian and never looked back. But recently I wanted to do something online, venture into actually working out some personal goals and projects instead of just thinking about them. So I created a new Drupal site on my local machine, browsed for information on many Linux distributions and started the project.
I created a form based on some major factors which could be important when choosing a Linux distro. After that I had to find a way to find which Linux best fits your preferences. If you look around, many sites just give you a list of some Linux distros they prefer themselves. This is perfectly fine, of course. I mean no harm to any website out there. But I wanted to do something else, not necessarily better but just different. So I decided to calculate scores based on what the user wants and what the linux distributions offer. Then the distro that offers the best score will be at the top of the results list.
The choice for which environment you’re going to use the Linux distribution is important in that it’ll affect the end score because some features are just more important than others based on the environment. For example, if you’re going to use a Linux distro as a server platform, stability and security are obviously very important whereas the user-interface and the difficulty to use the distro are less important (the person in charge of the server has to be someone with an aptitude towards managing computers, you wouldn’t leave a heart surgeon in charge of a server park 🙂 ).
I’m trying to create a system that helps you or atleast can give you some decent recommendations. I’m not saying it’s perfect, far from it. If you ever feel something is wrong, feel free to contact meand I’ll do what I can to improve the issue.
The following Linux distributions are currently available:
- Gentoo Linux
- Linux Mint
- Mandriva Linux / Mandriva Enterprise Server
- Oracle Linux
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- SUSE Linux Enterprise
- Ubuntu Studio
In closing, I hope you enjoy the Linux Chooser and hopefully it’s helpful for you.