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Originally posted by BigBadPenguin What's wrong with that?
I'd like to know the same thing. Thats at least the 3rd time I have seen that statement in here. What else could it be? It's a poll, for people to vote on what they believe is the best distro of the year! If a lot of people like a particular distro, then it's popular! Then, that distro would get the award, based on it's what? popularity.
Originally posted by GreenerLinux It seems like this is more of a popularity contest than a real vote on which distro is the best. There are more Redhat, Slackware, Gentoo, and Mandrake users out there than there are Libranet, Knoppix, and "all the other little-known distro" users. It also depends on what a person uses Linux for. There aren't going to be a whole lot of newbies using Slackware or Gentoo and there aren't going to be a lot of veteran users who take a liking to a distribution like Lycoris.
It doesn't really matter if it is a popularity contest or not. A lot of people that are new to linux are here reading these boards to see what distros people like. The poll is a good starting point, and then these boards are the next step to find what types of users like what types of distros. I don't think a newbie would want to use a distro of linux that was unpopular. It would be too hard to find good help. On the other hand, the power users are out looking for the next best thing. Maybe that next best thing is unpopular and didn't score well on the poll, or even not on the poll. The point is, these boards aren't bound to what is on the poll. If you think it is a popularity contest, write in your distro that isn't on the poll and tell us why you like it. I'm sure nobody here has tried every distro, and maybe yours will sound good. Maybe people will like it enough for it to gain popularity by next years poll.
Sidenote: Maybe we need to take a poll of all the people that tried Slackware because of this poll and are finding it to be among their favorite distros.
I've not tried Slack yet (must get another box to give it a go) but in my personal experience, after trying Red Hat, Mandrake and Knoppix, Gentoo was harder to set up than the others. That having been said, Gentoo was easier to get set up to a "killer desktop machine" standard, and is the easiest system I have ever maintained, Windows included.
No one's mentioned Rock Linux yet. Seems to me that it must be the very best distro in the histrory of life, the universe, and everything because it can be configured completely from the ground up exactly how you like it. I guess that means it's not really a distribution... if you used it and made your own linux though and called it Batman Linux, then Batman Linux would be the best.
By the way, I hate Samba and I'm disappointed there isn't a category for Linux/Windows file & print sharing software so I could find some alternatives.