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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, 09:19 PM   #106
stuartz
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mepis


I've used Ubuntu (like the way they list programs to install), Yoper (quick on my old PII sys), and latest Mepis (worked on desktops and wireless laptop out of the box). I would say Mepis would be my choice for ease of use (everything needed including licensed browser and audio plugins) and good hardware detection.
 
Old 01-16-2008, 12:42 AM   #107
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I know *buntu is an excellent distribution but compared to Fedora 8 it's a but unwieldy. To many bumps, crashes and hangs for me.
 
Old 01-16-2008, 09:37 AM   #108
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CentOS as a desktop OS

Voted for Fedora, have tried [K]Ubuntu, Debian, PClinuxOS, ..., but my top choice for desktop OS would be CentOS. It is not just for servers and is well supported by 3rd party repos with applications including multimedia and PVR (MythTV, etc.).
 
Old 01-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #109
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Ubuntu here.. Faced no problems at all, since a long time!
 
Old 01-17-2008, 08:49 AM   #110
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Ill go with Ubuntu. Even with a few problems with Gutsy I still think its the best distro I used in 2007.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 09:38 AM   #111
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Another Ubuntite here.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 06:57 PM   #112
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I'll give you all a little clue as to what I voted for:
Starts with S, ends with e, with lackwar in between.
Anybody guess?????????
 
Old 01-19-2008, 03:55 PM   #113
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PCLOS for me ! Second would be Ubuntu, followed by Fedora. I am itching to try some of the BSD's though.
 
Old 01-20-2008, 08:49 PM   #114
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I used Slackware up until the 10 series and more and more things started going pear-shaped.. esp. udev... Im still temped to type checkinstall.. but now pacman -Syu all the way.

Arch is my flavour, makes me thnik of a cross between Gentoo and slackware.. and if your really sadistic you can compile the whole o/s easily.

We dont care about propriety and licenses, just stick it in the AUR.
We use a rolling release system so no dramatic upgrades, very occasionally things go wrong but it has an excellent (and very technically apt) community. The reason I dont visit this site very often anymore.

Arch it is.
 
Old 01-20-2008, 09:09 PM   #115
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Quote:
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I'll give you all a little clue as to what I voted for:
Starts with S, ends with e, with lackwar in between.
Anybody guess?????????
Ubuntu, ahh no, wait a sec its gotta be OpenSuSE
 
Old 01-21-2008, 11:31 AM   #116
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Slackware :]
 
Old 01-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #117
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I use sidux as everyday distro and 64studio for audio work.
Both are strictly debian based (i.e. they actually use the debian repos)
 
Old 01-21-2008, 06:30 PM   #118
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The main qualities I look for in a desktop operating system are speed/responsiveness, stability, ease of use and software management.

The Debian based distributions seem slow to me. they also have an awkward feel to them, a subtle but annoying thing. Great software management though.

Gentoo and Slack feel great to me but are not so simple to set up and maintain. I use Gentoo. (Must try Arch some day ...)

The rpm distros have their pros and cons, but most are a bit bloated.

The distro that I recommend to newcomers is PCLinuxOS - does quite well on reponsiveness and stability, high marks for ease of use and (clever puppies) they have borrowed a great software management system from the debian camp.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 06:34 PM   #119
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I voted Ubuntu... it's just...

Although I use Debian.
 
Old 01-22-2008, 04:22 AM   #120
Chris.C
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My vote goes to, Zenwalk.

Best distro, I've ever used. (Debian, Mint Linux, and Ubuntu. )
Altho, Debian was close, and it does beat, Zenwalk's repo, but for me, Zenwalk's the better distro.
 
  


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