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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Ubuntu 191 21.75%
Fedora 63 7.18%
Debian 116 13.21%
Slackware 189 21.53%
openSuse 34 3.87%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 2 0.23%
Linux Mint 100 11.39%
Mandriva 4 0.46%
Gentoo 14 1.59%
MEPIS 5 0.57%
Arch 69 7.86%
PClinuxOS 24 2.73%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Sabayon 0 0%
Puppy 4 0.46%
Salix 13 1.48%
CrunchBang 19 2.16%
Mageia 12 1.37%
Bodhi 19 2.16%
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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The best Linux distribution for use on a Desktop machine.

Old 12-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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Distribution: FreeBSD Arch
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I'm impressed with Arch
Old 12-21-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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Slackware of course
Old 12-21-2011, 04:33 PM   #4
Registered: Apr 2007
Location: USA
Distribution: Slackware, FreeBSD, Trisquel
Posts: 105
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I'm happy with Slackware. It has everything I need to get the job done.
Old 12-21-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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Location: USA
Distribution: Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RedHat, DSL, Puppy, CentOS, Knoppix
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The best distribution for a desktop machine

Old 12-22-2011, 05:37 AM   #6
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: New England
Distribution: Arch Linux
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Arch or Archbang.................. either case Arch.
Old 12-28-2011, 03:23 PM   #7
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Maryland-Pennsylvania border, USA
Distribution: openSUSE 13.2 and Tumbleweed, Fedora 22, OS X 10.10, and Linux Mint 17
Posts: 392
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 36
I love SUSE for two reasons:
1. Easy to customize with YaST (biggest reason)
2. Balanced between stability and being up to date

However, I do miss the classic GNOME. If there was a distro with Mint's GNOME and a YaST\Mandriva like Control Center, I'd vote for it.
Old 12-28-2011, 03:46 PM   #8
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: SE USA
Distribution: Mageia 4 formerly PCLOS
Posts: 142
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 19
I have tried many of the more popular distros but can't get away from PCLinuxOS. Tex does a great job addressing the issues that crop up. For the longest, I wouldn't upgrade from 2009 but I've found 2011 to be top notch. This is not a plug for the distro, it is just my honest opinion. OTOH, the forums have some catching up to do.
Old 12-28-2011, 05:36 PM   #9
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: Fedora
Posts: 478

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I used Ubuntu for a while, but after they moved to their new Unity desktop I moved to ArchLinux.
Old 12-28-2011, 07:05 PM   #10
Registered: Oct 2010
Location: Russian Federation, Udmurtia
Distribution: CentOS, Aptosid, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Ubuntu
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Mageia have only one stable release, but now it is in 10 top major distros on Distro Watch. I replace with it my previous Mandriva installation on desktop

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:07 PM   #11
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Philippines
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 537

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I go with what I use, Slackware
Old 12-29-2011, 01:53 AM   #12
Registered: Feb 2011
Location: Washington state
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, Ubuntu Christian, Linux Mint 17
Posts: 56

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If, Bodhi were on the ballot I would vote for it. Solid Enlightenment distro which has a fast boot.
Old 12-29-2011, 02:41 AM   #13
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: İstanbul
Distribution: Slackware,Debian
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:46 AM   #14
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Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:24 AM   #15
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Location: Oldham, Lancs, England
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Will this be the year when Slackware moves up to Number One, from its usual second place spot?


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