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The nominees are:

Ubuntu
Fedora
Debian
openSuse
Slackware
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Mandriva
Gentoo
MEPIS
Linux Mint
Arch
PClinuxOS
Zenwalk
VectorLinux
Freespire
gOS
Sabayon
Puppy

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Old 02-08-2010, 10:19 PM   #166
Rothbardian_Tech
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Fedora 12 is Awesome!!! I've installed it into my parent's computer and they prefer it over Snow Leopard! Awesome performance, security and compatibility, it totally rocks!!
 
Old 02-09-2010, 12:58 AM   #167
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I just had a skim over all the posts. How do all these distro-hoppers manage to get a personalised, organised setup on their computers, or get any method of work going. Imagine the scene:

"Ah! yes! I need to write a letter today, and I shall use openoffice. Now which distro shall I use? Shall I use openoffice on Debian, Slackware, Ubuntu, Mint, Mandriva, Redhat or one of the others?"

It has taken me a long time to get my linux functioning in the way I want it, and there is no way I could do that on half a dozen different varieties of linux.
A couple ways:

1) Lots of distros offer live CD's. Nothing you'd want to use day to day but good for a quick test drive.

2) Even better is to install for testing under a virtual machine such as Virtual Box. This is especially easy on OpenSolaris since with ZFS you can just create a new file system on the fly to house your Linux test installations. Set up as many as you have disk space for and then easy to hop back and forth comparing features and such. Obviously not going to get the level of performance off a virtual machine instance that you'd get on a dedicated install but since all are running on same host box you do get a good level field for comparison. Tired of playing and/or don't like what you see? Just nuke the virtual machines, zfs mounts that you created to install them on and be done with it. Without rebooting once.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 04:16 AM   #168
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Yes, gotfw. I know all that. But there are many who keep various distos going, or change from week to week.
I suppose my point is that there seems to be an obsession with flipping from one to another, rather perfecting the tool one has. As stated elsewhere, all distros pretty well run the same programs, and they vary only insofar as installation and package management. The beauty of linux (pretty well any variety), is it's configurability, and for me, the emphasis, if one has the time and inclination, is to get the best setup for the use one is to put it to.

Last edited by gcy; 02-09-2010 at 05:55 AM. Reason: Additional thought
 
Old 02-09-2010, 06:52 AM   #169
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Thumbs up eleazaral

The best operating system I've seen as yet.Microsoft is dying slowly.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 08:54 AM   #170
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This category will need additional work next year.

Will the Chrome OS qualify as a desktop distribution, or should it be in a different category. What about Ubuntu Re-Mix. Personally I did not care for it, installing instead Ubuntu 9.04 on this netbook. What about tablet systems with touch screen only interface? How about Android? Does that qualify as a Linux distribution? I can see room for much discussion this year. Perhaps the discussion should start as soon as this poll finishes.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 08:56 AM   #171
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What contributed to Ubuntu choice.

I found it very easy to create a boot memory stick from the Ubuntu Live CD. The boot memory stick was needed to install on this netbook.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #172
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Yes, gotfw. I know all that. But there are many who keep various distos going, or change from week to week.
I suppose my point is that there seems to be an obsession with flipping from one to another, rather perfecting the tool one has. As stated elsewhere, all distros pretty well run the same programs, and they vary only insofar as installation and package management. The beauty of linux (pretty well any variety), is it's configurability, and for me, the emphasis, if one has the time and inclination, is to get the best setup for the use one is to put it to.
And here I wasted all that verbiage trying to be helpful....

Anyhow, results of the poll were predictable... Ubuntu, as usual...
 
Old 02-09-2010, 01:51 PM   #173
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And here I wasted all that verbiage trying to be helpful....

Anyhow, results of the poll were predictable... Ubuntu, as usual...
Actually, I was surprised that Slackware was so high. Outside of this forum, it's practically unheard of. A quick poll of Linux people I work with produced "Slackware? Is that still around?" - which should amuse the slack people on here
 
Old 02-09-2010, 02:20 PM   #174
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Actually, I was surprised that Slackware was so high. Outside of this forum, it's practically unheard of. A quick poll of Linux people I work with produced "Slackware? Is that still around?" - which should amuse the slack people on here
It's interesting. Slackware is definitely one of the most 'visible' distros here on LQ. One would think the same is true outside the forum, which doesn't seem to be the case at all.
Is LQ the last slackland? I don't think so... It's just the beginning...
LQ has already been slackwarised. First LQ, then EU, then US - there are no limits to what a few little slackbuilds can achieve...
 
Old 02-09-2010, 02:21 PM   #175
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Actually, I was surprised that Slackware was so high. Outside of this forum, it's practically unheard of. A quick poll of Linux people I work with produced "Slackware? Is that still around?" - which should amuse the slack people on here
Amuse??? AMUSE!?!?!? I'm seething with rage!!!!!!!
 
Old 02-09-2010, 02:57 PM   #176
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We're number 2! We're number 2!
 
Old 02-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #177
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I use Kubuntu

I voted for Ubuntu, but I actually use the KDE version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu. Here is a breakdown of the distros I prefer to use when it comes to each desktop environment:

Gnome = Linux Mint
KDEe = Kubuntu (Sabayon is in a close second)
XFCE = Salix (great new distro, highly recommended)

I admit that I'm a distro hoper, constantly changing, but that is OK because I love having choices.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 05:28 PM   #178
raju.mopidevi
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Last year also ubuntu got first with 35%. but this year only 30%.
 
Old 02-09-2010, 05:33 PM   #179
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I voted for Ubuntu, but I actually use the KDE version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu. Here is a breakdown of the distros I prefer to use when it comes to each desktop environment:

Gnome = Linux Mint
KDEe = Kubuntu (Sabayon is in a close second)
XFCE = Salix (great new distro, highly recommended)

I admit that I'm a distro hoper, constantly changing, but that is OK because I love having choices.
I voted for Debian, though I actually ended up killing my Squeeze box and going back to Lenny.
Actually using PC-BSD for pretty much everything important now, and FreeBSD for the rest.
 
Old 02-10-2010, 06:18 AM   #180
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fedora is in 3rd position. its natural that ubuntu is first, but didn't knew slackware is so much used.
 
  


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