Linux is about choices—more choices than most other operating systems. Many Unix systems limit your choice of hardware vendors because the operating system runs on only one type of hardware. Microsoft Windows limits your choice of operating systems vendors because Windows is available only from Microsoft. With Linux, you can choose from many different distributions, all of which run on a wide array of hardware. Choices mean decisions, and thoughtful decisions require careful planning. Before you start an installation, collect all of the information needed to install and configure your system.
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