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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 23 0.99%
Fedora 350 15.09%
Mandrakelinux 235 10.13%
Slackware 449 19.36%
Suse 235 10.13%
Debian 250 10.78%
Knoppix 43 1.85%
Gentoo 314 13.54%
DamnSmallLinux 7 0.30%
MEPIS 96 4.14%
LFS 13 0.56%
Ubuntu 176 7.59%
Yoper 32 1.38%
Xandros 27 1.16%
Linspire 17 0.73%
Arch 26 1.12%
Conectiva 7 0.30%
Amigo 2 0.09%
CentOS 3 0.13%
PClinuxOS 14 0.60%
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:41 PM   #166
rogere
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Registered: May 2004
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Distribution: SuSe 10.0
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Rep: Reputation: 15

Without a doubt ----SimplyMEPIS.

It configures everything on my laptop - including the Winmodem without any additional driver downloads etc.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 04:47 PM   #167
Dygear
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Registered: Sep 2004
Distribution: Fedora Core 3
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Fedora, it has changed my (computing) life.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 04:54 PM   #168
safecracker
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Over the years I have tried several distros, There is no overall best but there are great choices for each task. I chose Ubuntu because it has realy shined as a new distro and fixed most of the problems ppl complain about when switching to Linux but I wouldn't format my servers and use it there as right now I feel their are better distros for that task.

Anyone who uses Fedora should try Ubuntu, you will fel so much more free.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 05:14 PM   #169
ratpoison
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Quote:
Originally posted by springdog
Mandrake!!!!
Catering to newbies like me. Distros like MandrakeLinux are what draws many new creative people to the world of open source, and keeps Linux as available, stable, powerful, fast, and secure as it is.
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I know many very experienced users who also like Mandrake and similar "user friendly" distros. Can you imagine a poll anything at all like this in the Micro$loth world. They just don't have the choices. "Gee..., what's your favorite wm in Windoze XP????" "What's your favorite desktop environment in Windows 2000??" There's a distro, environment, windowmanager, editor (any emacs/vi flamewars develop yet on this poll ;o) ), etc. for virtually every linux user out there. And..., more to come, I would imagine <|8^)
Best..........
 
Old 01-03-2005, 05:30 PM   #170
slakmagik
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Quote:
Originally posted by ratpoison
Can you imagine a poll anything at all like this in the Micro$loth world. They just don't have the choices. "Gee..., what's your favorite wm in Windoze XP????" "What's your favorite desktop environment in Windows 2000??"
bb4win
bluebox
Cloud:9ine
core
geOShell
LiteShell
Litestep
Open Vision
Outsider
PureLS
Serenade
SharpE

http://www.shellfront.org/

A million reasons Windows sucks and people keep picking the wrong ones.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 05:39 PM   #171
frig_neutron
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Location: Canada
Distribution: Slackware
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Slackware.. hands down. Although I never tried Vector..
 
Old 01-03-2005, 05:45 PM   #172
sh1ft
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slackware is and always will be the 'official' linux distro by which all others are measured.

It is the closest to lfs or 'pure' linux you can get.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 05:54 PM   #173
caiosiqueira
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Distribution: Conectiva Linux 10
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Conectiva Linux 10!!!!!
 
Old 01-03-2005, 06:06 PM   #174
Quest-Master
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Ubuntu -- a distro miles ahead of the others in tons of areas.

Packed with a lot of software in one CD which installs itself and the software, a superior package system known as apt-get, a fabulous "human" and "freedom" philosophy it is built upon, one of the fastest growing communities with an active mailing list, forums, and huge IRC channel, built as a joint operation by various GNOME and Debian developers and sponsored by the millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, as well as awesome docs and unmatched stability.

Why use anything else?
 
Old 01-03-2005, 06:35 PM   #175
ratpoison
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Quote:
Originally posted by digiot
bb4win
bluebox
Cloud:9ine
core
geOShell
LiteShell
Litestep
Open Vision
Outsider
PureLS
Serenade
SharpE

http://www.shellfront.org/

A million reasons Windows sucks and people keep picking the wrong ones.
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I'm just guessing, of course, but I'll bet more windows users use OpenOffice as opposed to M$ Office than have ever even tried one of the above. Although I haven't really used Windows since very late 90's, I obviously know hundreds of folks who do (most folks I know). I don't know any who use any of those (which is not to say they don't exist as viable alternatives), but for most windows users, theres are not real options (I wonder what percentage actually do use any of those??? ;-) )
 
Old 01-03-2005, 06:38 PM   #176
Mandrake022465
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PCLinuxOS rocks!!! Give the LiveCD a spin and see how you like it....
 
Old 01-03-2005, 06:38 PM   #177
mazinga
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Ubuntu for me, no second thoughts. A polished free distro with GREAT community.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 06:54 PM   #178
thorn168
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Registered: Oct 2004
Location: USA
Distribution: Vector Linux 5.1 Std., Vector Linux 5.8 Std., Win2k, XP, OS X (10.4 & 10.5)
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I vote for Conectiva 10

I love the look and feel of this distro.

It has synaptic and webmin

Because it is a founding member of United Linux it also has IBM (moral support) and hardware compatibility.

I would recommend this for new users.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 07:12 PM   #179
slakmagik
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Quote:
Originally posted by ratpoison
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I'm just guessing, of course, but I'll bet more windows users use OpenOffice as opposed to M$ Office than have ever even tried one of the above. Although I haven't really used Windows since very late 90's, I obviously know hundreds of folks who do (most folks I know). I don't know any who use any of those (which is not to say they don't exist as viable alternatives), but for most windows users, theres are not real options (I wonder what percentage actually do use any of those??? ;-) )
Nah, I suspect almost no one does. But they *could*. I played with bblean on W2K but the irony is that I don't much mind the Explorer shell as an interface. As a program it's pretty lame in terms of performance and so on - and the fact that it's also IE, in essence, is a disaster. And the fact that most configuration is done through GUIs which muck about in a binary registry is a disaster. And the fact that it's a closed-source system is lame. And that it costs a lot and puts you at the whims of a company that has only its interests at heart sucks. And on and on and on.

But I don't hate taskbars or anything and, if I did, I can hide it or replace it even on Windows. Totally irrelevant to the thread and your main point, though, which is that Linux rocks. I just have these random fits of sloppiness and then these random fits of being a stickler for accuracy. Don't mind me.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 07:13 PM   #180
denials
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Location: Toronto
Distribution: Gentoo
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Gentoo for the last year and a half. Knocked Mandrake off my machine.
 
  


 


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