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Here goes. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux software for all your computing needs. Debian has a huge repository of software packages and a great package-manager, APT. The package-management system is layered. You can make all kinds of choices or just take the defaults and you don’t have to hunt for packages or updates. You can add, remove or update all the Debian software with a single action.
- Typed/scripted commands (“apt-get update; apt-get install wordpress”) or a GUI tool, synaptic.
- Several choices of flavours of packages:
- stable (well-tested two years or more and updated for a couple more years)
- testing (newer packages being tested for inclusion in the next release of the stable flavour
- experimental (the latest stuff, working or not…)
- Hundreds of repositories synchronized around the globe to give great service
- If you don’t know exactly what packages you need, have no fear, debian has one package, tasksel, which allows you to choose what you want your computer to be able to do. You can select all or none of the following:
- desktop lets your computer do the usual things one does with a desktop personal computer
- web-server makes your computer a web-site accessible from your local network or the web if your ISP agrees
- print-server lets your computer print and share printers with other computers
- database-server lets you keep track of millions of things as well as a dozen
- dns-server lets you give names to every computer on your network rather than just numbers
- mail-server lets your computer do e-mail without needing Google etc.
- ssh-server lets you control your computer remotely either with commands or graphical applications
GNU/Linux is used by millions around the world. It is Free Software designed to maximize your enjoyment and performance of your computers. Being designed and built by users for users you get what you need and not what some global corporation wants. It is a cooperative project of the world. The world can and does make its own software.