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I voted for Arch. I love how in its simplicity (read rc.conf) lies its power. I didn't read through all the 9 pages but I wonder if Linux Mint has been mentioned by anybody here. Ubuntu fans will surely love it (Linux Mint 2.1 is based on Ubuntu).
This is a bit like What's the best car -- if I need to drive off road I wouldn't choose a Ferrari. If I wanted to drive at unlimited speeds on German Autobahns I wouldn't choose a pick-up truck or a 4-wheel off roader.
I doubt for office use in a large corporate environment you'd get many votes for Debian / Slack type distros however great and stable they are -- similarly I doubt whether people who like to tinker a lot with their systems would chose something like SLED 10 which really is currently as near a replacement for Windows in a corporate environment that you are likely to find.
Whist it's only been out a short time I'd have to give my vote to SUSE 10.2 as the best "All Round" distro -- you can both Tinker with it and lock it down enough for networking. After the fisaco with 10.1 I thought I wouldn't touch SUSE again but 10.2 shows it's back in the fold again.
I'd put SLED 10 as a close 2nd. If we are serious and want Linux to hit the mainsteam a stable maintainable "Turnkey" type of package is essential and SLED has this on all counts.
Mandriva could have been a winner bit I failed to install it on at least 3 different types of (newish) machines. An "Uninstallable OS" these days should not exist so I've ruled this one out in spite of others loving its interface and hardware detection.
So after a long post OPEN SUSE 10.2 by a whisker from SLED 10.
My vote is an easy one. PCLinuxOS ver .93 is the easiest, fastest, most hardware friendly distro out there. There are others that may work better on older hardware (like puppy, slackware, gentoo), but for anyone using a fairly modern setup, PCLinux is the way to go. It is so complete it is unbelievable. You can run it from the live CD, or install it to your hard drive completely in less than 20 minutes. It uses Synaptic for it's package manager. All the multimedia codecs are there, plus java, flash, etc. Also, they have some of the best people you will ever come across on their forum. Very helpful.
A close second, would be Mepis. Ubuntu is OK, but incomplete. Suse 10.2 was a nightmare to install, and then it didn't work upon my first reboot. Debian is great if you want to build your own custom setup, but too much work for the home user. Zenwalk has some cool features, but it was way too buggy on my system. Mint was interesting, but far from ready. I liked Mandriva, but PCLinuxOS started from Mandriva and finished the job. Fedora 6 worked OK, but it too was very stripped down compared to PCLinux.
I know Slackware is the sentimental favorite, but it doesn't come close to offering what PCLinuxOS gives you right out of the box. The same goes for Gentoo. I have tried Sabayon, it looks great, but too many things just didn't work. When they get things ironed out, it should be pretty cool.
After messing with countless distros throughout 2006... PCLinuxOS .93 is the distro that I have running on 2 desktop computers and 1 notebook computer in my house. All of these systems tie in with my other Windows systems seamlessly.
I've tried several distros in the last three years since I've tried Linux, not to mention, it'll be two years ago tomorrow (1/5) since I dumped WinDOH!s from my computer for good, and I haven't looked back since.
I used to be a Mandrake/Mandriva PowerPack user, and while I got quite a bit of mileage out of it, it wasn't stable enough for me, and so this past summer, I decided it was time to change distros.
I tried several of DistroWatch's top ten and heard lots of good things about MEPIS 6.0. In fact, I had MEPIS 3.4.3 on my computer once before deciding on Mandrake 10.1 PowerPack and decided to give it a try when I decided to switch distros, and it worked THE BEST of all of those I tried, and I recommend it VERY highly to anyone who wants to give Linux a try.
In fact, I think MEPIS should be #1 on DistroWatch instead of Ubuntu because when I tried Rosegarden (an open-source MIDI sequencer/music notation program -- I am also a musician, BTW) on Ubuntu and its variants, I kid you not -- it would cause Ubuntu and its variants to freeze up as soon as I tried to start Rosegarden. MEPIS, OTOH, has never once had a problem with Rosegarden, and for me, MEPIS became my new distro of choice, hands-down.
IMHO, MEPIS is everything that Kubuntu wants to be -- no offense to any GNOME fans out there, but GNOME isn't customizable enough for me -- give me a distro that uses KDE any day.
I started on mandrake a few years ago ... then tried Suse.. nice experience ..pretty much dumbproof... (I have a nasty habit of crashing Macs and Linux..not to mention MS ... I've been running Fedora core 6 64Bit.. looks good but now its gone buggy on me ... Just installed the new mandriva 2007 on another desktop... I would say Mandriva is best for me ... can't wait to try Ulteo...