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Poll: Desktop Distribution of the Year
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The nominees are:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:38 AM   #16
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Voted debian, but I was almost temped to vote for mint.

I'm not a Mint user, but they have done a great job of picking up lots of disgrunted x-ubuntu users, and I like the idea of LMDE, even though I dont use it. Hats off to you, Mint.

If it was amutli-choice poll I would have added slackware and arch as well. Again, i'm not really a user of either distro, but I've got respect for both of them.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #17
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First time ever voted for a deb based system. But this time Mint has really taken me in by surprise. Mint has come a _long_ way and it is really something that one has to try atleast once on the desktops.
Old 12-29-2011, 10:28 AM   #18
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:56 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by cowlitzron View Post
If, Bodhi were on the ballot I would vote for it. Solid Enlightenment distro which has a fast boot.
Bodhi has been added.

Old 12-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #20
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Voted Debian. Mint is great but I find the ease of installation is the only thing it has over Debian and that becomes less relevant over time. So, since Debian is the base distro I think it deserves the vote.
Old 12-29-2011, 01:05 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Arelatensis View Post
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
Ditto for Mageia. I'm waiting for Mga 2 final to come out in the new year and it replaced Mandriva for me. I also would say I like Salix OS very much. It's Slackware done easy!
Old 12-30-2011, 10:23 AM   #22
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+1 for Slack.. Same here Ill go with what I use. My server, laptop, HTPC are all proudly running Slackware, and future "supercomputer" will also run Slackware!

Cant beat Slackware "KISS" philosophy
Old 12-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #23
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #24
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I'm a bit mixed. I use Arch Linux at home, it's just the one distribution that's the most fun to play with. However I feel compelled to vote for other distributions which are movers and shakers in the Linux ecosystem. Those Red Hat/Fedora guys certainly do shake things up with projects like systemd. But even when they aren't shaking things up they're still moving things. They have a constant presence in a wide range of projects.
Old 12-30-2011, 02:39 PM   #25
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Debian, stable and can be easily modified to have the latest and greatest.
Old 12-30-2011, 02:50 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by brianL View Post
Will this be the year when Slackware moves up to Number One, from its usual second place spot?
Due to the fact that they introduced Unity/Gnome3, Ubuntu might not be as strong as last year. It's distros like Mint that may threaten Slackware's place at the top It's just my speculation - we shall see.
Old 12-30-2011, 03:35 PM   #27
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AntiX fanboy here.
Old 12-30-2011, 04:43 PM   #28
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I'm still a hardcore Gentoo fan, however...

This is a poll for the best overall Desktop Distro, which is NOT Gentoo! Gentoo is what you use when you want to know everything that goes into/on/with your system. Too technical for your average "I just want it to work" user.

So, for purposes of this poll, I have to give it to Mint. I have friends who are coming from both the win32/64 and osx worlds telling me how impressed they are by Mint and how much they love it. So, I have to give credit where credit is due:

WTG! Good job, Linux Mint!
Old 12-31-2011, 08:50 AM   #29
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I like both opensuse and ubuntu. But chosen only one
Old 12-31-2011, 09:11 AM   #30
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Missing LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), based on Debian testing. It's not Linux Mint which is based on Ubuntu so IMHO a distinct distro.

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