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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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Poll: Desktop Distribution of the Year
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The nominees are:

Ubuntu
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Debian
openSuse
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Mandriva
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:02 PM   #211
62chevy
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RedHat and Ubuntu. Dont like either one. Never liked RPMs and I dont like the fact that Ubuntu tells you to reboot why to much. This is Linux I shouldn't have to reboot for anything other than a new kernel. And with upstart Ubuntu is more like Windows than any other distro I've tried.

Debian for me. In a few days I will give Slackware another try. Slack worked great for a router I had a few years ago. But now I want to give KDE a try and figure Slack will give it a good showing.

P.S. Heard Debian is taking a look at upstart. If they use it then I'm gone, so Slack may be good for more than KDE.
 
Old 02-11-2009, 11:47 PM   #212
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Yes, I think many of us dislike the idea of distros that are too clickity-clickity easy. For those of us that poured over manpages for countless hours, spent months learning shell scripting so we could write scripts to automate stuff HAL does in one mouse click, and spent far more time in /log then we ever imagined, it's insulting.

I cringe at the thought of some clueless guy with his ubuntu box getting his linksys wrt54g (I swear. they sell these things at gas stations or something, they're EVERYWHERE) pwn'd because he was too lazy and ignorant to read the directions and set up a wep key. From there it's a few more steps before he's unknowingly running as a kad supernode, bittorrent seed or DCC fileserver.

Why does it bother me? Because the commercial OS world groups him as "one of us".
 
Old 02-12-2009, 01:35 AM   #213
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Yes, I think many of us dislike the idea of distros that are too clickity-clickity easy. For those of us that poured over manpages for countless hours, spent months learning shell scripting so we could write scripts to automate stuff HAL does in one mouse click, and spent far more time in /log then we ever imagined, it's insulting.

I cringe at the thought of some clueless guy with his ubuntu box getting his linksys wrt54g (I swear. they sell these things at gas stations or something, they're EVERYWHERE) pwn'd because he was too lazy and ignorant to read the directions and set up a wep key. From there it's a few more steps before he's unknowingly running as a kad supernode, bittorrent seed or DCC fileserver.

Why does it bother me? Because the commercial OS world groups him as "one of us".
Thank you, you have just put my thoughts into words.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 06:07 AM   #214
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For those of us that poured over manpages
What did you pour over them? Water? Beer? Coffee?
 
Old 02-12-2009, 09:11 AM   #215
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What did you pour over them? Water? Beer? Coffee?
If it was beer I say we kick his ass. No need to waste such a precious commodity. Coffee or water I say we can let him slide.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 11:11 PM   #216
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What did you pour over them? Water? Beer? Coffee?
Maple syrup. That way the information sticks with me.

Hey, you started the pun war...
 
Old 02-13-2009, 12:24 AM   #217
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Now, why am I not surprised that Ubuntu got 35.36% of the votes?
 
Old 02-13-2009, 12:42 AM   #218
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Slackware took a beating (sob). Debian and Fedora 3rd and 4th, seems logical IMHO.
Linux for the masses, click and run, instant gratification society you are on your way! The only thing is that I am not catching that train.
 
Old 02-13-2009, 12:42 AM   #219
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'cuz life is just one big disappointment after another?
 
Old 02-13-2009, 01:09 AM   #220
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Ubuntu was I think going to win but never thought it would this hands down.
 
Old 02-13-2009, 04:31 AM   #221
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Popularity doesn't matter. There's still this myth floating around that Slackware is difficult and old-fashioned, and that obviously frightens some people off even trying it. If the users of any other distro should be worried about Ubuntu's popularity - it's Debian.
 
Old 02-13-2009, 06:27 AM   #222
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I am very sad that Slackware have the second rank in server and desktop
 
Old 02-13-2009, 07:09 AM   #223
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This did not surprise me. I knew Ubuntu would win. I am impressed by Slackware though. A second place is a very respected position, even though I hate that distro with passion.
 
Old 02-13-2009, 09:02 AM   #224
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OK........

"Ubuntu: An African word meaning "Slackware is to hard for me."
LMAO.. thats great.

Thats sig line material there...

I prefer Debian and Ubuntu, w/ a slight edge to Debian.

IGF
 
Old 02-13-2009, 09:09 AM   #225
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LMAO.. thats great.

Thats sig line material there...

I prefer Debian and Ubuntu, w/ a slight edge to Debian.

IGF
try slackware and u will never return back to Deb.
 
  


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