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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
I use about any OS I can get my hands on. MS, Linux, whatever. When it comes to Linux though I have found that everyone that I install linux for loves Mint. Most keep the stock setup right down to the wallpaper. That to me says they are doing something very right. So that is who my vote goes to.
I started out with Mandrake, went to Mandriva when it happened, then a friend "convinced" (read: coerced) me to use Gentoo...I learned a lot, broke a lot, got turned off linux for a while.
I tried ubuntu because I wanted something easy...and it was pretty easy, but I was still unsure. Tried sabayon to get some of the best of both worlds with Gentoo and an easy setup. I've dabbled in PCLinuxOS (because in my mind, it has done for Mandriva what Linux Mint has done for Ubuntu), BUT the one distro that has impressed me above and beyond for the comprehensive experience IS Linux Mint.
And Linux Mint Helena continues the great tradition.
Two distros I find myself using is Fedora and Slackware, K.I.S.S. works for Slackware because you have complete control over everything without having to compile the core system. I like Fedora because it is always cutting edge. I've used Ubuntu and find that it is a little more "dumbed" down than I personally like but it does have a place, very easy to use.