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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
My vote goes to Linux Mint. Even though I am becoming more of a fan of FreeBSD even as a desktop I still feel that Linux Mint is breaking grounds and helping new comers to linux ease their way in. Especially with Flash being setup right from the install.
Distribution: Linux Mint 8, Ubuntu Studio 9.10, DSL 4.1
Another easy choice for me: Linux Mint! I started using it a couple years back when something wasn't working out of the box for my laptop w/Ubuntu or Ubuntu Studio. I loaded up Linux Mint & voila! Iirc, it was the wifi. Additionally, Ubuntu comes w/a nice firewall (the ubuntu firewall) called ufw but Linux Mint takes it a step further & comes w/Gufw (the graphical ubuntu firewall).
These are minor things, I know, & can be fixed in the command line. But I'm a big Linux evangelist & have gotten many friends to switch over from both Mac & Window$ so the more user-friendly the distro, the better. The Linux Mint team has done & continues to do an amazing job of taking Ubuntu & making it even better! Besides, the more user friendly a distro I suggest to friends, the less calls I get for support.
I vote Arch, because I use it daily and it makes it very easy for me to get everything out of my machine.
I also love the minimalistic approach, as I can spend more HD space on my documents and source code and less on the system.
Despite the minimalism it is also pretty easy to use and get set up.
Besides, the more user friendly a distro I suggest to friends, the less calls I get for support.
LOL- I know what you mean. Some people I know can't even find their way around with Windows, but yet they have no problem with Ubuntu, although I have to admit that I do the initial installation and setup for them.
Originally Posted by newbiesforever
Mint is getting lots of love here. I'm tempted to try it, but I don't feel like distro hopping.
I don't mind the hopping, I just don't like upgrading every 6 months. That's why I stick with the Ubuntu LTS versions. But like you, I hear a lot of good about Mint. I'm definitely going to check it out soon.
I keep coming back to Xubuntu (9.1) - have tried most. I run Puppy from a USB thumb drive for backup imaging and restoring, but Xubuntu with Compiz for everyday use (both on Dell Inspiron 531 desktop and Acer laptop). Love the XFCE interface and responsiveness of Thunar vs Nautilus.
Still dual boot Linux / XP on my desktop (cause I've been too lazy to remove XP), but Linux only on laptop.
Same here, I have a SystemrescueCD for backups; use it at work too! Still have a Win7 HD that's just for games, all heavy lifting is still done in Fedora/Slackware.
Having not run every OS above, it seems weird to vote. The question is "what's the best", not "what do you run". Maybe I'm thinking too hard. BTW I run Debian Lenny on everything, except when using a rescue OS. I'm too lazy to try everything :}
I have to agree with you there jefm, it's hard to vote on the best when you are too lazy to try out the other distros
Ubuntu is my choice and get's my vote because I can install it on my gf's computer and she is not pestering me for assistance because everything more or less works out of the box.