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My vote went for Arch. I like it's speed and simplicity. It has a good forum and wiki as well. Easy to upgrade, etc
But I think some packages should be split up in 2, like is done in debian (pkg and pkg-dev) to save hd space. Otherwise I'd also like a localepurge tool for arch.
I also like debian and freebsd.
IMO that's one of the pro's of Arch and one of the things which drove me to Arch - I don't have to sneak after -dev packages to compile something, everything just works. If you use ABS you'll end up having to install the -dev packages anyway...
I like ArchLinux because it's like my favorite: Gentoo - but no extra compile time!
It's Gentoo for know but who knows? Arch seems good enough for my usual use - desktop.
I stay with Gentoo because of portage and because I have the source code and can customize the code compilation to my needs/arch.
Voted Arch. Control of slack without spending all day compiling to stay bleeding edge. Anything that's not in regular is in testing/unstable, if not there then the AUR, if not there then making a PKGBUILD yourself is a breeze. I doubt I ever could have gotten Xorg7 working on my own on Slack. Only problem with arch is it's a bit harder to mess with the kernel.
Slackware is a close second, though, if you want stability there's no other way to go. Plus Arch won't run on an old machine (i686 optimized). I have a Pentium II 400 that I have running slackware, no GUI whatsoever, lighttpd + php + mysql, leave mutt, snownews and naim/bsflite screened and SSH in. Occasionally use w3m or elinks for browsing if I'm in my room. I have probably made more use out of that computer than when it was brand new and used by my university, and they sold it to me for $12 .
After that I haven't tried much else, I've only been using Linux for about 6 months. I put Zenwalk on my sister's computer, it works well, also tried Vector but didn't like it. Ubuntu/Kubuntu aren't minimalist enough for me, I tried them for around 1 day each before finding a real distro (slack).
no mention of the loaded aLinux
the high performance low requirement Zenwalk
both much better than Slackware.
Non preconfigured tuxes dont cut it, why spend a week configuring your system to be substandard.
Should have polls for the most needy configuration tux or most bloated tux, too many falling over each other to pick from there.
Well I have tried just about all of the distros in the last couple of years. there are quite a few goood distros out there that are pretty stable. Slackware is always on some partition in my house. Vector Linux SOHO is cool,fast.
Been playing with ubuntu this week, the "automatix" script that kid wrote for ubuntu is the bomb, saved me a lot of time compiling all the multimedia stuff (well sometimes I get lazy)
I haven't used gnome for awhile so I wanted to see where it was at, ubuntu is ok I don't really care for deb distros.
NOW FOR THE WINNER!! flatout, of the box kick ass distro is....
PCLINUXOS Everthing works, great control center, there is no distro alive that can configure my graphics card and screen perfectly and thats without even asking me what I'm packin.
Texstar has done some great work with this distro