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I'm an Archer. For a few reasons really. Speed (i686 optimized), Stable (I've run into no problems), nice package handling (pacman), a package build system (abs), and it reminds me of slackware, only cleaner and with a built in package update system (by cleaner I mean the base install comes with less when you initially install it, no big DEs or apps to clutter your fresh installation, you pick what you want), and no compile times! (Yes Gentoo users, you can have speed with out the wait.)
My second pick for favorite distro though is of course slackware, one reason I enjoy arch is because it resembles slack so greatly. To bad it's a somewhat small distro with it's own forums, it might have made a stronger showing in the poll otherwise
They manage to make it very user friendly, more and more are trying Linux with that distro.
For the purist, all the tools are still there and since they spend a little less time configuring, people can investigate more the Linux environment. I myself love to try many distro and presently i have 4 different one (Slack,FC3-64,MDK10.1 and the other $one$)on my pc. But mdk 10.1 is my everyday OS and i even pitch in the silver membership money in appreciation.
There are a few linux forums who don't like us Newbies. There are a few of them that have their heads so far up their own arses that they can't smell themselves and l guess that is just a fact. Thankfully that is beginning to change as more and more people are migrating from windose and those in the old guard will have to wake up and smell the roses or isolate themselves in dark little dens because the new linux is reaching out to the masses. Hey, you know this is kind of like China's old guard trying to hang onto communism and the masses wanting their freedom. Over in Mepis Warren Woodford is doing a great job of bringing linux out of the dark ages and Ubuntu is doing the same and although Gentoo is pretty techie they are giving those who dare to try, the control they want over their own computing destiny. I haven't mentioned the commercialized distros because l see something different there. I think they are heading down the same road Bill walks because of the way they are building their distros to keep you dependant. For example one that l got involved with to some degree has built their distro to keep you dependant on their packages and warn you about going elsewhere because other packages will break their system. One step forward and two back. Luckily we now have choices and things are going to get even more interesting in the next few years.
I like my Gentoo. I'm sort of techie though. I do think that Linux in general is moving along very well. They are really quick to respond to security issues than oh say M$.
I do hate when people say read the manual to answer a question. I have been a newbie, still am really, and I know how it feels. If noone is answering I may pont to something so they can at least do some research to see if that will solve the problem. Sometimes that is the best I can do and I usually say so.
I am also registered at justlinux. Some forums are more strict than others. The Gentoo forum, except "off the wall", are very strict. Ask a question that has been asked before, it's off to duplicates you go. That said, if you search, the answer is already there. They don't complain if you jump in for more info or something either. Sometimes called hijacking on here.