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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
For years I've been dedicated to Ubuntu - till Unity. No text menus? Are those stupid "ribbony" things really supposed to be better?? Can't put things on the desktop? Can't find anything without way too much searching? Now I have to go find and install Synaptic? It may be fine for tablets (etc) but it's just not there for a high end development platform. All I can say is "What in God's name were they thinking?" Have they never heard the old maxim: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"? They seem to have altered this to "If it ain't broke, then break it so we have something to fix - aren't we cool." Well, since there is no loyalty at Canonical towards extant Ubuntu users, then I don't plan on wasting any of my loyalty on them. It's either Linux mint or arch Linux for me now.
Honorable mention to aptosid from me, as its both the best implementation of KDE4 i've tried, and it works great on my new sandy bridge thinkpad unlike almost all the other distros i tried.
Ultimately voted for Debian though - it's the whole Linux universe in a single distro. Best package management; best installer; total customization is possible without straying from the official repos. Near perfect.