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In today's open source roundup: Groupon backs off claims to the GNOME trademark. Plus: Nine of the best Linux distributions, and a proprietary Linux would have cost more than one trillion dollars

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Bruce Byfield at Datamation on his choices for the nine best Linux distros:

Which distributions should distro-hoppers be looking at? While that depends what they are looking for, those looking for reliable distros for everyday use should be looking at:

1. Ubuntu

2. openSUSE

3. Manjaro

4. Mageia

5. Linux Mint

6. Fedora

7. Elementary

8. Debian

9. Bodhi Linux

More at Datamation

But Shashank Sharma at TechRadar has a slightly different list of the ten best distros:

In this feature we're focusing primarily on the desktop. Some desktop distros aim to keep things as simple as possible, while others give you more control. These distros have different installation routines, along with different desktop environments, package management schemes, and administration tools.

Ubuntu

openSUSE 13.2

Fedora

Linux Mint

Debian

Korora

Mageia

Elementary OS

Sparky Linux

Gentoo

More at TechRadar

How To Geek took a slightly different tack and simply compared ten of the most popular Linux distros:

Linux isn’t a complete operating system — it’s just a kernel. Linux distributions take the Linux kernel and combine it with other free software to create complete packages. There are many different Linux distributions out there.

Ubuntu

Linux Mint

Debian

Fedora

CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux

openSUSE

Mageia

Arch

Slackware

Puppy

More at How To Geek

One trillion dollars for a proprietary Linux

Have you ever wondered how much it would have cost a company to create a proprietary Linux? Computer Weekly has some sobering numbers that underscore just how much work has been done to get Linux to where it is right now.

Adrían Bridgwater at Computer Weekly reports the comments of James Dixon on the costs of a proprietary Linux:

As CTO at open source Business Intelligence (BI) products company Pentaho, James Dixon is responsible for the firm's architecture and technology roadmap. Dixon notes on the OpenScrum/Home page section that open source as a movement in the software realm is successful and growing rapidly.

"The Linux source code is estimated to be over 30 millions lines of code which, using conventional methods, would have taken almost 8,000 person years at a cost of over $1 trillion," writes Dixon.

More at Computer Weekly

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