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2006 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards This forum is for the 2006 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards.
You can now vote for your favorite products of 2006. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 18th.

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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 27 0.94%
Fedora 253 8.85%
Slackware 434 15.18%
Suse 294 10.28%
Debian 276 9.65%
Mandriva 126 4.41%
Ubuntu 756 26.44%
Knoppix 20 0.70%
Gentoo 166 5.81%
MEPIS 95 3.32%
Novell Linux Desktop 15 0.52%
Xandros 18 0.63%
Linspire 16 0.56%
Arch 106 3.71%
PClinuxOS 170 5.95%
CentOS 29 1.01%
LFS 18 0.63%
Zenwalk 32 1.12%
Vector 8 0.28%
Voters: 2859. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-12-2007, 09:17 AM   #376
boomklever
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Debian. There's nothing like apt. Blag would also be an alternative for me. I tried it, easy installation, quite fast on my rather outdated machine and I like the concept behind the distro. Still, I feel more comfortable with Debian, though I think that Blag has very much potential.
 
Old 02-12-2007, 02:06 PM   #377
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Gentoo all the way!

Gentoo all the way! ive installed gentoo over 5 times on the same pc in a row experimenting with all the different features and customization. the sad thing is that before gentoo, i used ubuntu :'( and i still do use ubuntu... but along with gentoo.

I love the ability to customize everything in gentoo. how i can just dive into the config files and come out with an entirely different distro. thats why gentoo works for me.

[edit] i didnt mean anything against ubuntu, its a fine distro just that it can be a B#$$%R to fix when something goes wrong. and that gentoo and ubuntu are at opposite ends of the linux scale... ubuntu being simple for the average user and gentoo ... being aimed more at the power user

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Old 02-13-2007, 07:18 AM   #378
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Being a gentoo user myself, I was wondering how many votes Gentoo would get.....Reading through what people posted, us Gentoo users are a minority.
 
Old 02-13-2007, 08:20 AM   #379
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I think FC is goog!
 
Old 02-13-2007, 09:33 AM   #380
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I agree with those who have asked for the "another distribution" choice.
While being a Slacker all the way (quite a few of those here, I see?), I have recently been impressed with the Turkish Pardus distribution. I have put it on the system for the lady of the house.
 
Old 02-13-2007, 06:37 PM   #381
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People who vote for Fedora, can you explain what's so good about it? I used to use Fedora when I worked with Oracle database because it's associated with Red Hat and at least somewhat similar to RH Enterprise Linux. But frankly, other than the assoc with Red Hat, I really didn't find anything that it really excels in, compared to say Gentoo or Debian. Maybe I missed something.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 07:02 AM   #382
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Fedora?

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Originally Posted by docinthebox
People who vote for Fedora, can you explain what's so good about it?
I missed it too. I also missed how to get it to install a boot loader, how to boot without error consistently, how to run anything without at least one problem and how to install anything without a major song and dance routine.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 07:18 AM   #383
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I used Fedora Core once, it really wasn't that great. It installed Grub on the wrong drive, installed software I didn't want, and got erased the next day, in favor of SuSE, which, was pretty good at the time.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 10:37 AM   #384
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Good bleeding edge stuff, lots of packages?

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Originally Posted by docinthebox
People who vote for Fedora, can you explain what's so good about it? I used to use Fedora when I worked with Oracle database because it's associated with Red Hat and at least somewhat similar to RH Enterprise Linux. But frankly, other than the assoc with Red Hat, I really didn't find anything that it really excels in, compared to say Gentoo or Debian. Maybe I missed something.
Fedora Core is not my favorite, but I do often test it. I find that it has some good features - easy to install, lots of packages, lots of new technology to try out. On the other hand, software updates are extremely slow compared to my Debian-based favorites, the code itself, though claimed to be recently optimized, also seems slower than what I am used to. Finally, Fedora Core, last I looked, lacked a good partition management tool integrated into the installer (or did I miss something - I have no problem with this because I have LOTS of prepared partitions on which I can install my many distros to test).

Not a bad distro, but the best? I would say it ranks somewhere between tenth and twentieth on my list, but not even close to number one.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 02:26 PM   #385
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Originally posted by docinthebox:
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People who vote for Fedora, can you explain what's so good about it?
Seems many voters are first time Linux users who have only tried that one distro. This may be the case with a lot of FC and Ubuntu users.
Maybe there's a problem with polls like this i.e. does a user's opinion carry much conviction if they've only used the one distro they're voting for? How can they make such a judgement call in comparative ignorance?
 
Old 02-14-2007, 02:35 PM   #386
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Debian for the win, apt too
 
Old 02-14-2007, 03:10 PM   #387
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read my .sig
 
Old 02-14-2007, 05:31 PM   #388
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikieboy
Originally posted by docinthebox:

Seems many voters are first time Linux users who have only tried that one distro. This may be the case with a lot of FC and Ubuntu users.
Maybe there's a problem with polls like this i.e. does a user's opinion carry much conviction if they've only used the one distro they're voting for? How can they make such a judgement call in comparative ignorance?

So, now we need to be distro reviewers before our votes can count? It doesn't matter that Ubuntu worked so well when I 'made the switch' that I felt no need or desire to try something else? I would certainly hope that's not the case! lol

On a more serious note, the 'Choice Awards' are mostly for fun. It's not a Presidential Election. Nothing is going to be taken away from anyone based on the outcome...

Last edited by DragonSlayer48DX; 02-14-2007 at 06:48 PM.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 07:09 PM   #389
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonslayer48dx
On a more serious note, the 'Choice Awards' are mostly for fun. It's not a Presidential Election. Nothing is going to be taken away from anyone based on the outcome...
A good os is what servers the user the best. i won't use CentOS as a desktop OS but i would defiantly use it as a web server or a dns server for my network. If users have used Linux for the first time and found out that FC of UBUNTU are good desktop operating systems... so be it!!!
When it comes down to it, it's all Linux!

i totally agree with dragonslayer48dx

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:20 PM   #390
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>> "Maybe there's a problem with polls like this i.e. does a user's opinion carry much conviction if they've only used the one distro they're voting for? How can they make such a judgement call in comparative ignorance?"

i always suspect that maybe that is one of the measurment for a successfull distro of a certain kind ... when people are providing user experience on the desktops , sometime they are actually doing something that they dont like to see on their own desktop ... expectations and the commitments , quite hard actually ... but it could have been easier in the first place ...


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