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UNIX02/Types Of OSes

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Traditionally, Linux was installed by compiling and setting up everything by hand. This was a rather black art and was only performed by those with sufficient dedication and patience.

Modern Linux distros evolved out of a need for a more automated install process. However, there were many benefits to installing from source:

  • Hardware can be inhomogenious (especially Intel-based systems). You can enable hardware enhancements that may be disabled in a generic install. (Though this isn't necessarily as important with many non-Intel systems such as PowerPC's)
  • You have control over the decisions made when compiling your software.
  • You can choose which versions of applications to use, and may even be able to run multiple versions of the same software simultaneously.


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