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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2011. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 9th.


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 01-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #61
Randicus Draco Albus
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I have used and tested several distibutions, I find Debian the best. It is works and is as bug-free as an operating system can get. How Debian has gained a reputation for being hard to install and use is beyond my ability to comprehend.
The only drawback is it is often difficult to find documentation in the labyrinth that is Debian's convoluted web-site.

Last edited by Randicus Draco Albus; 01-03-2012 at 09:44 PM.
Old 01-03-2012, 11:05 PM   #62
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Personally, I use Gentoo on my desktop. Slackware is, IMHO, a great choice as well. If one were to think in terms of mass appeal/ease of use though, I'd have to go with Linux Mint. I installed Mint along with PlayOnLinux and wine onto a laptop and gave it to my stepson as a Christmas present. I also gave my stepdaughter a retired workstation that had been wiped and loaded with Linux Mint. I've found it makes the transition from a Windows-centric world much easier for new users. That being said, I voted Gentoo.
Old 01-04-2012, 04:34 AM   #63
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I am satisfied with Arch Linux for over 3 years.
Old 01-04-2012, 09:21 AM   #64
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Originally Posted by ThomasLMcLean View Post

I have also tried Ubuntu and regular Mint. Ubuntu loses a piece of software a week for me and Mint gives me a new desktop and preferences each week without my having to ask. I have given up baby sitting and am working on learning software integration.


BTW: Formula 1 Ferrari's have open cockpits and two wings.

Thomas L.
On the Wet Coast
Maybe if one comes to PIR I'll go up there for something other than the All British Field Meet.
Old 01-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #65
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I use Chakra (Arch based) and Arch,... so +1 ArchLinux
Old 01-04-2012, 10:35 AM   #66
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For me, it's Xubuntu. Fully customisable and still have the a lot of what I liked in Ubuntu. The worst environment for me is Unity... GnomeShell is a little bit better but both are too heavy, not really customisables and too much differents from the Gnome2 U.I.
Old 01-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #67
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Mint deserves its reputation and praise for backing MATE, but for combining stability with ease you can't beat Salix.
Old 01-04-2012, 04:50 PM   #68
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:59 PM   #69
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Been using Scientific Linux as a better and stable desktop OS since 5.5, now on 6.1.
Used Mint for an year, good but not bug free.

Oh and BTW I finally switched fully to Slackware 13.37 too, what a smooth implementation of KDE, Marvelous!

Old 01-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #70
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I was using Ubuntu for about a year. I used unity in the 11.04 release but found that it got worse in the 11.10 release. During that time I tried different distros on other systems and settled on PCLinuxOS. I finally installed it on my main system and found that it recognized everything out of the box.

I am testing the 64 bit test version now & it is looking good.
Old 01-04-2012, 11:48 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Post
I have used and tested several distibutions, I find Debian the best. It is works and is as bug-free as an operating system can get. How Debian has gained a reputation for being hard to install and use is beyond my ability to comprehend.
The only drawback is it is often difficult to find documentation in the labyrinth that is Debian's convoluted web-site.
I totally agree. Really, is Debian that difficult to install? I certainly don't think so !!!

I vote for Debian.
Old 01-05-2012, 12:36 AM   #72
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Thumbs up

Originally Posted by xma View Post
Be it a server or a desktop, there is nothing better than slackware !
You are absolutely correct
Old 01-05-2012, 12:46 AM   #73
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Distribution: Slackware64 -current
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Arrow Slackware

Slackware Linux
Old 01-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #74
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Still Slackware for me, as the year before. It comes with either the most essential stuff (single window manager, XFCE, Firefox, Thunderbird) or, if you like, the whole bundle of applications in KDE. It's stable and up to date.
Old 01-05-2012, 11:12 AM   #75
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I have to go with Debian. It's usually not as snazzy as the latest from Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE with their Unity and GNOME3 but it's stable as can be and never let me down once. I spend a few hours tweaking it to my specific tastes and it's letting me get work done.


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