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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Distribution: ArchLinux / Source Mage GNU Linux (test branch) / openSUSE
openSUSE's system development environment is just brilliant. I just compile what I need thanks to the build service where I have and share my own repo. killed most default system configurations including kernel, init, daemon manager and so on. Got the latest repos including kernel-head (kind of git). Very stable, out of my way and not requiring a lot of admin time from me. openSUSE is a win-win for me.
Ubuntu ... not because I would ever use it if I had a choice, but because that distro came a long way in 2010. I have even installed Ubuntu on several users' computers over the past year who had hosed their systems and did not own a legitimate copy of Windows. If I hand over an Ubuntu machine that I've installed WINE on and placed some handy icons on the panel for them on, they don't bother me all the time asking me questions, and they never complain.
I had to say Arch. I've never had much luck getting Gnome to work the way I want it to in Slackware and that has been my choice of graphical environment for the last year or so. Maybe I'll give it another try when the next release comes out. I'm a Slacker who would like to come home.
Slackware for server - for true root account, vanilla kernel and software packages and ability to strip the whole GUI
Ubuntu for desktop/laptop - I do not have time to wrestle with WLAN and 3G cards. Plus, the packages repo is impressive.
I was a Ubuntu user up until about a 2 years ago when I moved back home and only had access to Internet. Package managers (and automatic dependancy checking) are only great when you have internet, but when you don't, you're kinda stuck, so that turned me off most of the major distros. I found Slackware and it worked great! Now that I have internet all the time, I'm still using it because it's relatively simple once you figure your way around it.
Distribution: Slackware (mainly) and then a lot of others...
Vector got my vote. Partially because I installed it for a relative who does not even understand winduhs and he was able to use Vector without issues.
I have always been partial towards vector since the 5.6 version anyway .