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About Noncommercial Linux distributions

For users interested in Linux distributions without shelling out a lot of dough, there are many noncommercial Linux options as well, including Gentoo Linux, Debian, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, to Hannah Montana Linux and more. While commercial Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE offer significant advantages such as 24/7 support, fixed support costs and access to Linux expertise noncommercial Linux distributions offer potentially lower-cost support and maintenance as well as ease of use. This section on noncommercial Linux distros offers the latest news, tips and advice on installing and configuring noncommercial Linux as well as administering and managing distributions such as Gentoo and Debian. We also cover how various distributions of Linux provide advantages over traditional OSes such as Windows in terms of security and, potentially, performance and energy efficiency and more.