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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%
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Old 01-07-2004, 05:12 PM   #241
dishawjp
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Debian is nice... apt is the best. Mandrake is a bit tooo ummmm "windows-like" but certainly a lot better than anything M$ could ever put together. I'm a bit too lazy to work as hard as you have to to get slack or gentoo up. So for me the best distro is Red Hat/Fedora. With apt4rpm you have a great package management tool, but still have rpm so that you can type "rpm -e" instead of "apt-get remove" but "apt-get install" sure beats the rpm -Uvh -failed dependencies game.

I told you I was lazy!

The install is a piece of cake and hardware detection is excellent. The redhat-config utilities work well (especially if you're lazy).

Anyway, Red Hat/Fedora Core for me!
 
Old 01-07-2004, 09:14 PM   #242
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Thats one of my many reasons to use Fedora, since its made for us Lazy Geeks...
 
Old 01-08-2004, 01:42 PM   #243
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I voted for Slackware 9.1

After using computers seriously since 1994 I found that Windows wasn't really as challenging as I once found it. I had experemented with linux since 2000 using it on and off, but in September 2003 I decided to use Linux on my second PC and have a real go at learning it. I started off on Red Hat 8, which at the time I quite liked. However by October a friend and I were bringing our laptops into school and he ran Slackware on it. I used it on his laptop (I was only running Windows 98 on mine at the time) and I thought that it was rather good. So I decided that I would download it and try it out. When I got round to installing it I was very impressed. It was alot faster than Red Hat (and the other distrobutions I have tried). I have to admit it was hard at first mainly due to command line administration however it only took me a few weeks to get used to the command and I am now very confident in using it. Now, 3 months after first using Slackware my knowledge of Linux has improved alot, and I know if I get stuck I can ask a few friends for help or look at the posts on this website's forum.

I believe that Slackware has to be the best Linux distrobution since it encourages users to learn more about their system which is difficult at first but one is rewarded with a system that is efficent and easy to manage. I have cirtainly learnt alot from using Slackware (well far more that what I would have done if I continued using Red Hat!) and I do believe that it is the best distrobution for new users provided that they are prepared to learn and work though the various problems that they will encounter.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 04:04 PM   #244
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I must admit I am very lazy.. Redhat/Fedora allow you to be lazy like with windows, and still have a very stable OS...
 
Old 01-12-2004, 12:07 PM   #245
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Red Hat rules
 
Old 01-12-2004, 12:24 PM   #246
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It doesn't rule this poll though, I'm afraid
 
Old 01-12-2004, 12:51 PM   #247
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Fedora did not come in last atleast..
 
Old 01-12-2004, 01:57 PM   #248
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well... Mandrake rules more thatn redhat, if we take this thread as guideline... and that might just be true... Well. The fact is that I'm having troubles with redhat today... so I am really not liking it today... but usually it's a good enough distro... Still can't believe slack won the poll... I thought debian would... well you can never tell. Because of this poll I'm downloading Slack... all 9 CDs... they are awfull lot of CDs... I hope it's worth it... :-)

Have a happy 2004.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 02:23 PM   #249
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Quote:
Originally posted by Ciccio
well... Mandrake rules more thatn redhat, if we take this thread as guideline... and that might just be true... Well. The fact is that I'm having troubles with redhat today... so I am really not liking it today... but usually it's a good enough distro... Still can't believe slack won the poll... I thought debian would... well you can never tell. Because of this poll I'm downloading Slack... all 9 CDs... they are awfull lot of CDs... I hope it's worth it... :-)

Have a happy 2004.
9!? You only need one or two. I've never even seen 9 - there's only four total in the 9.1 release.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 03:03 PM   #250
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Sorry, it's 7 and debian... dumb me.

Last edited by Ciccio; 01-12-2004 at 03:15 PM.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 03:09 PM   #251
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Oh, I made a huge mistake... hehe they were 7 CDs, and they were Debian... I apologize... hehe... my memory must have a few bad sectors... ;-)
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:14 PM   #252
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Fedora is only three CDs
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:58 PM   #253
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Slackware is 2 cds, with 2 other cds if you buy it:
From their website:

This 4-disc set includes:

* Bootable installation disc
* Bootable live disc, the Ultimate Linux rescue and demo disc!
* ZipSlack, installation onto a Windows partition
* Complete source code and handy Linux archives
 
Old 01-12-2004, 05:17 PM   #254
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I could not be any happier! Slackware won! I'm just sad I couldn't be here in time to give slack my vote... But this doesn't matter as we won!
Slackware is a great distribution. A little bit difficult at first but really simple and efficient when you get know it a little better.
That's why I love a slogan I saw at slackware's propaganda page:
"Live it. Love it. Think Slack."
 
Old 01-12-2004, 05:43 PM   #255
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Slack is indeed popular.. yet I love my Fedora..
 
  


 


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