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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 12-31-2004, 12:53 PM   #31
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Distribution: Gentoo AMD64
Posts: 374

Rep: Reputation: 30

Gentoo first with Mandrake and Suse as a close second. More Mandrake then Suse. I like the free iso factor.
Old 12-31-2004, 01:17 PM   #32
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Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Canon City, Colorado
Distribution: Gentoo, openSUSE, Sabayon
Posts: 8

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Thumbs up

Fedora Core 3
Old 12-31-2004, 01:18 PM   #33
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: California
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 172

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Debian Debian Debian. Alot of the new distros(ie. Ubuntu) making headlines are based upon the rock-solid Debian. Plus with the new Debian-Installer this distro keeps getting better and better!
Old 12-31-2004, 01:41 PM   #34
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: queens , nyc
Distribution: Ubuntu MATE
Posts: 352

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Old 12-31-2004, 01:48 PM   #35
Registered: Aug 2002
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 49

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Fedora Core 3!!!
Old 12-31-2004, 02:50 PM   #36
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Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Maryland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 7,803
Blog Entries: 1

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The One, The Only.............Slackware
Old 12-31-2004, 03:11 PM   #37
Registered: Apr 2003
Location: USA
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 55

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Gentoo is the best. Last year I voted Slack, but Gentoo is so much cooler. Emerge 4 LIFE.
Old 12-31-2004, 04:02 PM   #38
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: ~
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 145

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Because it's free all the way;
Because It's the mother of many new distros;
Because it's Debian...
Old 12-31-2004, 06:16 PM   #39
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Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Debian
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Xandros, Ubuntu, and Knoppix (and I believe Mepis & Linspire) are all Debian-based, so by that measure you'd have to say that Debian is the most popular distro.
Old 12-31-2004, 09:27 PM   #40
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Distribution: Debian Testing
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The SubGenius must have Slack!

Originally posted by linux_man_2004
Of course Fedora is the best. It has always commed to us with the newest things available (and stable). Fedora 3 (the newest) uses kernel 2.6.9 (by default), whereas Slackware uses a very old 2.4.* kernel and ofcourse the software within is very, very old.
Don't worry, someday you will understand.
Old 12-31-2004, 09:44 PM   #41
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Motherboard
Distribution: Debian GNU/Linux
Posts: 156

Rep: Reputation: 30
One Distro, to rule them all…

One Distro, to find them…

One Distro, to bring them all…

And in the darkness, bind them…

Yeah..........I can hear it.......It is Debian
Old 12-31-2004, 10:17 PM   #42
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: Slackware 10, Open BSD 3.6, Mac OS 10.3.7, Splack 10 beta
Posts: 393

Rep: Reputation: 30
Slackware 10 comes with 2.6.7 but has 2.4 becasue it is more stable.
Old 12-31-2004, 10:34 PM   #43
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Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Mississippi USA
Distribution: Gentoo
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Originally posted by rcottere
Slackware 10 comes with 2.6.7 but has 2.4 becasue it is more stable.
root@smoker / # uname -r
root@smoker / # uptime
 22:31:51 up 51 days, 16:08,  4 users,  load average: 0.04, 0.03, 0.01
root@smoker / #
2.6.8 looks pretty stable to me. Still ginning too.

I never had anything but problems with 2.4 kernels myself. Maybe my hardware is a bit to new.


Old 12-31-2004, 11:19 PM   #44
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Registered: Feb 2003
Distribution: Slackware
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Stable as in '22:31:51 up 510 days, 16:08, 400 users' on a business machine and the like. I'm making stuff up, but the point's there. I use 2.6 myself and it's fine for me, but that doesn't mean it is for everybody.

But, yeah, the original point about Slackware coming with old packages is frankly ridiculous.
Old 12-31-2004, 11:19 PM   #45
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: King George, VA
Distribution: RHEL/CentOS/Scientific/Fedora, LinuxMint
Posts: 370

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Gentoo.....hands down. Fedora (although a great distro)use to be my fav. Then i was introduced to portage and speed!!. I have since never looked back. Debian/Ubuntu run a very close second for me....awesome distros.

For me the Gentoo documentation is absolutely the best. I use the Gentoo documentation for just about any general linux setup

1) Gentoo
2) Debian/Ubuntu
3) Fedora

I think i will try Slack in '05 for firewall duty


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