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Online quiz helps to select a desktop Linux distro
Jan. 12, 2006

Interested in moving to Linux, but overwhelmed by the dozens of distro choices in the market? Well, now there's a good, objective online tool to help you start your migration (although our Windows-to-Linux Migration forum offers a highly entertaining, but non-objective alternative).

Daniel Eikeland, a project leader at Norwegian open-source consultancy Zegenie Studios, has created an online quiz called the Linux Distribution Chooser to helps users choose the most compatible desktop Linux product for them. The quiz consists of 16 questions and takes about five minutes to complete.

Participants are asked to rate their own technical ability, whether they plan to use wireless devices, and whether they have an older or newer computer, among other questions. When the quiz is complete, the Distribution Chooser recommends one or more particular Linux distributions and explains why others may not be right for you.

Seventeen of the most popular distros are listed in the quiz, including Fedora Core, Mandriva, SuSE, Debian, MEPIS, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Linspire, Xandros, PCLinuxOS, Yellowdog Linux, Gentoo, Slackware, Knoppix, OpenSuSE, ArchLinux, and Foresight Linux.

You can take the quiz right now, here.



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