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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2008. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 12th.

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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Ubuntu 547 35.38%
Fedora 153 9.90%
Debian 158 10.22%
openSuse 120 7.76%
Slackware 192 12.42%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 0.65%
Mandriva 74 4.79%
Gentoo 58 3.75%
MEPIS 29 1.88%
Linux Mint 48 3.10%
Arch 75 4.85%
PClinuxOS 40 2.59%
Zenwalk 24 1.55%
VectorLinux 12 0.78%
Freespire 0 0%
gOS 6 0.39%
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:28 AM   #166
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as a linux noob,'buntu is probably the most common answer. Most support for this one.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 11:40 AM   #167
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The PC I replaced, I'm now attempting to put a light Linux on, and Zenwalk is probably the one which will be running on it. I had trouble installing Zenwalk so I tried DSL. The default resolution is so awful I can't see to reboot LOL.
What Zenwalk version and on what hardware? The Zenwalk forum will usually be glad to help you out!

DSL is very narrow in its user base, and requires a lot more knowledge about linux, even though I've made it run on obsolete/ancient hardware. The next project up is getting it to run on my AST Research computer (see my blog entry). I also got it running on an IBM from 1993. The system booted to fully usable desktop in 20 seconds..!
 
Old 02-04-2009, 12:16 PM   #168
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The same distribution as always: Arch!
 
Old 02-04-2009, 12:33 PM   #169
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Best desktop distro.

Why isn't PClinuxOS in the menu?
It is the best distro for noobs and sorta Noobs like me I have tried an awful lot of them, but Pclos is the best!!
Its Better than Ubuntu which has always had problems for me, I want a Distro that "works out of the box"
Regards Geofrs
 
Old 02-04-2009, 12:36 PM   #170
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OOps!
Sorry for my stupidity, and not reading the entries buttons properly
Sob! (silly old B)
Geofrs
 
Old 02-04-2009, 06:07 PM   #171
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Thumbs up Desktop Distribution of the Year

My vote is for PCLinuxOS because to me it has the look and feel of Windows98. The KDE file manager that comes with it closely resembles the Windows Explorer file manager except that the KDE one is superior.

PCLinuxOS2009 is supposedly almost ready. The developers are being pretty quiet about it whereas I feel they should put the word out on the street. Either way, I know it will be good and am anxious to get my hands on a CD from one of the online sellers.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 07:41 PM   #172
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My vote is for PCLinuxOS because to me it has the look and feel of Windows98.
Heck no. It's missing one vital component. The infamous BSOD!

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PCLinuxOS2009 is supposedly almost ready. The developers are being pretty quiet about it whereas I feel they should put the word out on the street.
There's no point in that when it's not ready. You'll only create frustration.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:33 PM   #173
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i think FC10 has outplayed all other
 
Old 02-05-2009, 12:14 AM   #174
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What Zenwalk version and on what hardware? The Zenwalk forum will usually be glad to help you out!

DSL is very narrow in its user base, and requires a lot more knowledge about linux, even though I've made it run on obsolete/ancient hardware. The next project up is getting it to run on my AST Research computer (see my blog entry). I also got it running on an IBM from 1993. The system booted to fully usable desktop in 20 seconds..!
I'm not at home at the moment, so not sure what version of Zenwalk.

The hardware (without being terribly specific) is an 8yo Celeron with a 10GB HDD, unsure as to the amount of RAM but I'm guessing 256MB.

The installation failed with "one of your partitions is full". I had a look at the Zenwalk forums and there was a similar error from someone else and some help on it. I just haven't yet had a chance to follow it up.

The PC had Windows 98 on it, so I didn't bother to do anything with it other than switch it on to get the CD drawer open then reboot with Zenwalk. Because I can't read the screen with DSL I can't even look up what sort of specific hardware is in it. Now the drawer won't open so it's been sitting idle with DSL booted since then. I just haven't got around to re-trying Zenwalk yet.

Edit: Zenwalk v. 5.2

Last edited by mdsmedia; 02-05-2009 at 05:36 AM. Reason: Update to original post
 
Old 02-05-2009, 03:42 AM   #175
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opensuse for me as usual!
 
Old 02-05-2009, 04:27 AM   #176
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Voted for Slackware, but Fedora and Debian are equal seconds in my book. No doubt, Ubuntu will win.
 
Old 02-05-2009, 05:50 AM   #177
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This is seriously sad

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Voted for Slackware, but Fedora and Debian are equal seconds in my book. No doubt, Ubuntu will win.
Why do you think Ubuntu will win, if it's not the "best" desktop Linux?

Bear in mind, I didn't say it was.

I was (re-)introduced to Linux by Ubuntu. I'm experimenting with others.

My local LUG recommended Ubuntu. I had a copy on my magazine DVD. I liked the look of it in LiveCD. I played with it for a few hours. I liked it. Another Linux user.

I'd love to use Debian, or Arch, or Sabayon, or Slackware, or Gentoo.... for me at the moment, Ubuntu suits.

I'm a fan of Linux. I'm a fan of FOSS. Ubuntu meets those needs.
 
Old 02-05-2009, 08:37 AM   #178
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I'm a fan of Linux. I'm a fan of FOSS. Ubuntu meets those needs.
You're absolutely right. Ubuntu is the best for fans.
 
Old 02-05-2009, 10:57 AM   #179
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ubuntu for ease of use, especially upgrading. I can still remember the old days of trying to load a new program, trying to find the required programs, which in turn needed additional required programs. Now just find the program listed in the source file, and the program and necessary additional files are loaded and ready to go.
 
Old 02-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #180
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[QUOTE=mdsmedia;3432909]Why do you think Ubuntu will win, if it's not the "best" desktop Linux?

Nothing sad about this. Ubuntu will probably win because it has become hugely popular with newbies as well as advanced users.
I ran into my astrophysicist nephew the other day and noticed, to my surprise, that he was using Ubuntu on his laptop, as were his friends. These guys were traditionally born and brought up in UNIX and as teenagers always did everything from scratch. So times are changing.
Personally, I did not vote for Ubuntu. I installed it several times in recent years. Could not configure it and never stayed with it for more than a day or two.
 
  


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