2011 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice AwardsThis forum is for the 2011 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards.
You can now vote for your favorite products of 2011. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 9th.
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Voted Crunchbang. Feb 2011 release was a great success and Dec 2011 version is proving to be even better, a welcome antidote to the year of gnome shell and unity. Being based on debian stable, CB is rock solid, with plenty of backports to keep things interesting.
One thing I don't miss... backports. It's the reason I switched from openSUSE to Arch Linux (before Tumbleweed came about). The nice thing about a rolling release is that everyone mostly lives in the same world. It makes it easier to get help because the whole user base is running the same stuff. Bug reports go upstream fast because they are more easily identified as current and relevant.
Backports are very often segregated from the distribution in the land of "not officially supported" by anyone. Neither you nor the upstream can get help with the same strength that the official bundle can.
Now if only we could all agree on what "stable" means then maybe we could get more distributions rolling
It has to be Linux Mint flavour for me this year. Next year I'm hoping to vote for Pinguy OS which I've been trying for the last couple of months - so far so good with not too many unexpected glitches. In the past I've tried a few of the mentioned distros without really getting to grips with them. Oh yeah... And Android on my moby is just the dog's doodahs!
Newbie to Linux, found Mandriva 2010.2
- easy to use from install
- excellent community/web support through Wiki & forum
- auto-update pkgs available by user choice
- urpmi has saved me several times
- found it easy to have "Windows" type functionality while learning to use command line
Mandriva 2010.2 WAS the best, it is dying distro. Mageia have the same advantage for newbie, and the same look and feel as Mandriva 2010, because it is made by the same people. Only one is true against Mageia - a poor documentation. In Russian there is nothing except some news translated with Google translator.
Mandriva 2011 also good and stable but it totally diverse in conception and philosophy.
For me it has to be CrunchBang. Lightweight, debian based and minimal UI based in OpenBox. It is like a racecar, purpose built. I don't find myself spending a lot of time tweaking the system as much as I did in Ubuntu/Mint before #!.
I like Ubuntu 2.7 with gnome , but I haven't been able to get newer version than 2.7 to boot live on any of my computers. Figure that's because they are using unity desktop, but may not be. Neanderthal
Ubuntu (more specifically, Ubuntu Studio) is now my distro of choice (I too stay away from Unity for several reasons, and prefer XFCE4 or KDE Plasma dte's...).
Started using Linux with Slackware, but after much frustration with package management, eventually switched. I really love apt package manager, and updating / upgrading is a breeze!
I do however still have a Slackware installation that has a poor to lousy internet connection, and so for a net-free linux Slackware still rules! I simply download req. packages from Slackbuilds.org with a connected pc, and then copy over to the Slackware machine. I see both as good to great desktop distro's...
Well i decided i wasn't going to vote because i feel that most distros are pretty much the same, and i couldn't decide between my two favorites, Debian ans Slackware. Recently i've decided that Slackwares flexibility makes it the superior distribution, and gives it the leg up it needed to inspire a vote; so +1 to Slackware.