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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat 178 10.46%
Slackware 448 26.34%
Debian 173 10.17%
Mandrake 276 16.23%
Fedora 95 5.58%
Libranet 27 1.59%
Suse 160 9.41%
Arch 37 2.18%
VectorLinux 8 0.47%
Knoppix 69 4.06%
Gentoo 198 11.64%
LFS 32 1.88%
Voters: 1701. You may not vote on this poll

 
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Old 12-02-2003, 01:21 AM   #151
GreenerLinux
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Popularity contest!
 
Old 12-02-2003, 02:51 AM   #152
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slackware rocks!
 
Old 12-02-2003, 03:23 AM   #153
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Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally posted by BigBadPenguin
http://checkinstall.izto.org/
Thanks very much, BigBadPenguin, for this wonderful hint!
 
Old 12-02-2003, 06:08 AM   #154
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Hey Guys,

I really can't decide weather I prefer SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional or RedHat 9 Professional.

My best distribution's for 2003 are as follows.

1.RedHat 9 Pro / SuSE 8.2 Pro
3.Mandrake 9.1

Thanks Guys
SergeantRoach
 
Old 12-02-2003, 06:53 AM   #155
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hmm..

I've used RedHat 9.
I tried knopix, and I now use SuSE 9...

RedHat was an OK distro, but it had no mpeg support when installed.
The first time it worked a bit slow for a few days then I couldn't load it.

I re-installed it...
That time it worked, but still.

It wasn't something special...
I have winblows as well, I doul-bot...
File sharing would have been nice, but I didn't want to go to the extra truble of setting it up.

And redhat is dead anyway so I don't understand why its in the list...

Knopix is nice as a recovery tool 'etc 'etc...
But I don't thing id use it as my main OS.

SuSE 9 is GREAT!
YAST is the best installer ever, it detected my hardware 100%, and my net settings. It also updated my system DURING the install... how cool is that?

I got a solid, best-looking-ever OS, that was updated and optimized for my computer

And a nice surprise was that C: and D: were there too!
Apt-get has been ported to suse too so thats cool... its called apt-rpm now...

Its just a perfect OS.
I had some problems because the install was curropt
But I'll just re-install it and I'm sure everything will be ok.

The next version I hear will come with WINE and WineX!
You install it, and can see your files from C: and D: AND play your games!

It has my vote!
 
Old 12-02-2003, 08:28 PM   #156
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Quote:
Originally posted by estiedi
Thanks very much, BigBadPenguin, for this wonderful hint!
Not a problem, it's definitely worth knowing.

Quote:
Originally posted by GreenerLinux
Popularity contest!
What's wrong with that?
 
Old 12-02-2003, 08:36 PM   #157
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Quote:
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.
 
Old 12-02-2003, 08:54 PM   #158
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Quote:
Originally posted by GreenerLinux
Popularity Contest!
I thought it was just a statement saying this was a popularity contest, without any positive or negative implications. And yes, this is a contest of most popular distros.
 
Old 12-02-2003, 08:56 PM   #159
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Quote:
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.
This is from a few pages back. Same member.
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:01 PM   #160
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Write in vote for MEPIS Linux
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:02 PM   #161
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Silly me, shows I'm using Fedora Core...... not anymore......MEPIS for me!
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:16 PM   #162
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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.


Sorry.. I ranted. : /
 
Old 12-03-2003, 12:23 PM   #163
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You Gentoo users better be warned, I read somewhere Slack's going portage.
Hooray for the power of Slack!!!

Although Gentoo will obviously still be faster (Gentoo == Source, Slack == Binary; although can get Gentoo in binary form, right? Also some library form...)

But who cares about speed when you got the Slack ;p
 
Old 12-03-2003, 04:09 PM   #164
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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.
 
Old 12-03-2003, 05:02 PM   #165
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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.
 
  


 


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