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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2007. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 21st.

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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Fedora 170 8.75%
Ubuntu 599 30.83%
openSuse 129 6.64%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 16 0.82%
Mandriva 85 4.37%
Slackware 227 11.68%
Gentoo 93 4.79%
MEPIS 40 2.06%
Freespire 8 0.41%
Arch 127 6.54%
PClinuxOS 128 6.59%
Zenwalk 48 2.47%
Debian 208 10.71%
VectorLinux 14 0.72%
KNOPPIX 6 0.31%
Linux Mint 43 2.21%
Ark 2 0.10%
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:17 AM   #91
bero
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
The Distribution of the Year poll has been broken into three polls this year (Server, Desktop and Live).

--jeremy
Please add Ark Linux
 
Old 01-15-2008, 06:10 AM   #92
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Huge repository, lots of architectures, excellent bug tracking, and reliable.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Debian all the way for me.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 08:25 AM   #93
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Why has my IDE bus become SCuzSI?

I'm swithering between Kubuntu and SimplyMEPIS, I was unsettled by the device reassignments in MEPIS 7, although it's my impression that that's to be blamed on the inscrutable logic of Linus and his fellow gurus. It's the kernel, right?

What I want is easy access to DeCSS. I seem to be clumsy about recompiling the kernel.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 09:07 AM   #94
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Xandros for the smoothest migration from Windows to Linux.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #95
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Cool

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I'm swithering between Kubuntu and SimplyMEPIS, I was unsettled by the device reassignments in MEPIS 7, although it's my impression that that's to be blamed on the inscrutable logic of Linus and his fellow gurus. It's the kernel, right?

What I want is easy access to DeCSS. I seem to be clumsy about recompiling the kernel.
Just try slackware and finish it up on www.linuxpackages.net
 
Old 01-15-2008, 10:06 AM   #96
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Fedora 8 for it's hardware recognition, stability and relevant features.

I've tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu 7.10 and found them not to handle my hardware as well and less stable as soon as you add any third party repo's.

The other thing I find a little frustrating about Ubuntu is and how broken things get due to the "testing" nature of their main repos.

Last edited by arnaudvre; 01-17-2008 at 07:03 AM. Reason: Reading over other posts made me wants to add extra info
 
Old 01-15-2008, 12:26 PM   #97
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Interesting results in the posting department. I checked and saw that only two people have posted support for Ubuntu. Many others have posted in support for Slackware, Debian, and Fedora. As well as more minor distros such as CentOS (A very fine system indeed). I can not wait to see the poll results.
A possible reason for that is that if they post a message in support (rather than just voting)is that we will see their registration date and post count.

I believe it was last year that the PCLOS'ers were alleged to be telling folks on their forum to sign up so they can vote and loudly voice support. I think it was last year, anyway.

Could be the *bunt'ers have been told to vote, keep quiet and run

Disclaimer: This is just conjecture and meant to be taken lightly! Personally dabbled with PCLOS and I think it is a fine distro, just not me. *buntu: spent some time on their forums and found that I am in general a little ahead in experience/skill level of their user base/target audience and have stuck with good ol' trusty Debian stable/testing and play with Sidux.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 12:38 PM   #98
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I have come back to Mepis, now that they have gone back to using Debian stable as their base. Generally, since I own only one machine, a Toshiba Satellite a65 laptop, I use whatever distro makes my hardware work, and the applications I use and play with (Blender, Amarok, various graphics apps). I started with Mepis several years ago, because it was the first distro that made all the hardware on my laptop work. Then they switched over to a Ubuntu core, and in a moment of weakness, I installed Kubuntu. I was happy for awhile, but I spent a fair amount of time fixing things that broke when I updated. Blender broke when Gutsy came out, as it had an issue with Xorg 7.2 on my ATI Radeon mobility 7000 card. So, I went to PCLinuxOS for a short while, but then Blender broke again, when they upgraded to Xorg 7.2. So now I am back to Mepis 7.0, running older (but stable) versions of Xorg and Blender.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 02:34 PM   #99
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Gentoo! Once it's installed it's sweet
 
Old 01-15-2008, 03:13 PM   #100
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Started with Ubuntu, tried Sabayon (excellent distro and getting better), Gentoo (live CD just didn't work and never did get the whole thing to work right - probably my fault), checked out Fedora 7 (hated), Suse (no thanks), PCLinuxOS (out of date and won't run my ethernet adapter), Mandriva (unstable), Sidux (so far it is unstable but I am working on it), Slackware (fast), Wolvix (very fast but ethernet adapter problem being resolved now), BlueWhite64 (64 bit Slackware and a fantastic distro). As of right now my favorite is BlueWhite64. If I get Wolvix fixed it will be a toss-up between the two. For some reason Slackware-based distros just seem to faster and more stable than any of them.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 03:45 PM   #101
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My favorite is Ubuntu, but specifically version 7.04 (Feisty).
I don't recommend version 7.10. After upgrading I finally got it working with some effort (2 sleepless nights), but for the peace of mind I reverted to v. 7.04.
I also installed Xubuntu (lightweight environment) on another (old) machine and it works smoothly.
I think the Ubuntu support by community forums is great.
I have tried Mandriva with KDE - very nice looking, I must admit. It seems to have better multimedia support, but that's not what I value most.
Besides, I prefer debian packages to RPMs.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 05:08 PM   #102
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from the perspective of a windows migrant PCLinuxOS has my vote as it is the only distribution worked almost flawlessly with my various machines. it is the distro that feels most comfortable coming from a windows environment.

i tried many other distributions. they all had excellent points, but not that overall instant usability that PCLinuxOS gives me 'out of the box'.

it was PCLinuxOS that freed me from the bind of endless minor issues and let me get on with learning enough linux to begin to take a renewed interest in other distributions.

in the 3 years that i've been using linux, i have seen remarkable development, both of the underlying code and the superstructure of the various desktops.

open suse, one of the first distributions i used, blew me away with it's beauty and the kde4live offering is building on that. it's gorgeous. i shall have fun exploring that.

similarly mandriva, to whom, through mandrake 10, i owe my introduction to linux, is making great strides in usability and their kde4live version is also stunningly beautiful.

well done to all the distributions. they all deserve accolades.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 05:45 PM   #103
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Talking

I've read all 7 pages here and have pretty much sat back and shook my head.
All of us, bar none use what works best for us no matter what we use be it slack, debian, BSD or whatever.
It doesn't really matter what someone uses does it?
It's that users choice.
I myself use PCLOS, VectorLinux Gold and DesktopBSD.
Why?
Because I like them and the reason I like them is they work the best for the system they are installed on.
I don't have to worry about viruses, spyware, rebooting because my ram was eaten up, sneaky updates in the middle of the night, having my bank account hacked into [which happened twice with me using windows] or making a phone call to ask daddy if it's ok to install a system i paid a hundred bucks for because I had to install it one to many times due to daddies inability to make a decent product.
It's all open source folks and we're all using what makes us happy, therefore it's all number one.
 
Old 01-15-2008, 07:11 PM   #104
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If nothing else this thread is comically, but none the less some posts were interesting, a lot of good disto's named in this thread.

I have at one time or another tried almost every distro out there, of course the ubuntu stuff you try one ubuntu you have pretty much tried them all.

to each his or her own, pclinuxos is the distro I use, I did spend a long time with Mepis before switching to pclinuxos.

anyway use linux and be happy good day all.

Best Regards

Vampirefo
 
Old 01-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #105
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Originally Posted by Nishtya View Post
A possible reason for that is that if they post a message in support (rather than just voting)is that we will see their registration date and post count.

I believe it was last year that the PCLOS'ers were alleged to be telling folks on their forum to sign up so they can vote and loudly voice support. I think it was last year, anyway.

Could be the *bunt'ers have been told to vote, keep quiet and run

Disclaimer: This is just conjecture and meant to be taken lightly! Personally dabbled with PCLOS and I think it is a fine distro, just not me. *buntu: spent some time on their forums and found that I am in general a little ahead in experience/skill level of their user base/target audience and have stuck with good ol' trusty Debian stable/testing and play with Sidux.
ROFL- definitely taken lightly!

But for me, it's Ubuntu all the way. Check out all the distros in my sig- Ubuntu is the only one that actually installed and runs properly on my system without a lot of config file editing. And it made for extremely easy migration from Windows- after only 2 days with the live CD, I wiped MS off my HDD, and I've not regretted it yet.

Cheers
 
  


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