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I know that a lot of you php programmers use the Unix based system. I tried this years ago. I even got hold of a DVD I think it was lynx. I installed it and it ran fine. It got to the point where it asked to get updates on the internet. I agreed but that is where it stopped. I believe that it could not get updates for drivers as it need my internet router and my computer (with this new software) did not have drivers for the internet router. That was over 5 years ago. So could you pros tell me how to do this.


Computer speck (I live in the UK)


Router is a Talk Talk super fast broad band (1G) modern router.


I would like to seriously go for this now. I know there are some experts here. I do PHP but it is on MICROSOFT WINDOWS

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Lynx is a web browser, not an operating system.

If you want to install Linux then do it. There are tons of them out there. Ubuntu and Debian are probably the most popular, and they're pretty easy to use. And driver support has grown a lot in the last 10-20 years, though you might need extra steps depending on your graphics card.

If you want to install Unix then I recommend against it. For now. Until you get more familiar with everything.

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No I don't want a web browser. I want a computer operating system. I have a spare SSD 500G drive so I can do this without affecting my current system. I have been to the following web pages in turn and downloaded the following.


debian-10.2.0-amd64-DVD-1 to -3

I have a creative labs sound blaster and an Nvida add on graphics card (very new)


I go to ...

Where do I go from here? I see lots of 32 bit operating systems. No 64 bit.

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Amendment to what I said: you probably got a DVD of LynxOS. Different thing.


Going for Debian? Read the guide.


I don't see where it says 32-bit.

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Hey Paul-D,

Quick clarification: Solaris is not Linux.  It's the long standing Sun Unix designed to run on Sun Sparc hardware.  Sun was bought by Oracle which is why you can get it from Oracle now.  I would not recommend going down that road.

Linux has many flavors, but it sound like what you want is a distribution that aims to provide a Desktop environment.

Another thing you need to understand about a Linux distro is how committed they are to Free Open Source Software (FOSS).  Some distros (for philosophical reasons) will not include or package any non FOSS software, which sometimes means that you have to do a lot of work yourself to get certain drivers or software that you might want or need in your Desktop environment.  

Linux OS's are in a constant state of flux and new distro's appear regularly.  I'll boil down my highly opinionated list for you, with the assumption that you are new to linux, and want a Desktop Linux that looks modern, has package management tools, and is focused on ease of installation, use and configuration.


  • Elementary - Focused on users switching from Mac or PC, this distro has gained a lot of momentum in a short amount of time as an opinionated simple to install OS
  • Zorin OS - Like Elementary a recent entry in the Desktop Windows/Mac replacement distros, with a particular focus on being friendly to former Windows users
  • Pop!_OS - Another of the newer Desktop focused distro's.  Comes from System76, which is a Unix hardware vendor that designs and sells everything from laptops and desktops to rackmountable servers.
  • Ubuntu - The longstanding "beginner focused"  Debian variant has done a lot to further the goals of Desktop Linux for the masses.  I ran it myself for a few years at work.
  • Fedora - This is Redhat's project that has long provided a Desktop OS.
  • Opensuse - Like Fedora, OpenSuse is another of the longstanding linux Desktop focused distros.  It has YaST and Zypper for GUI configuration.  I have not tried it myself, but many linux Sysadmins have sworn by it for years.

I don't know if you listen to Podcasts, but Choose Linux covered many of these OS's to some degree in the first 11 episodes of the podcast.  The episodes are fairly short, so you might want to listen to a few of them if a particular distro on this list appeals to you.

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