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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Arch 64 6.52%
Bodhi 12 1.22%
CrunchBang 46 4.68%
Debian 124 12.63%
Fedora 85 8.66%
Fuduntu 13 1.32%
Gentoo 15 1.53%
Linux Mint 159 16.19%
Mageia 16 1.63%
Mandriva 2 0.20%
MEPIS 6 0.61%
openSUSE 39 3.97%
PClinuxOS 6 0.61%
Puppy 8 0.81%
Sabayon 2 0.20%
Salix 9 0.92%
Slackware 202 20.57%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 3 0.31%
Ubuntu 167 17.01%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Chakra 2 0.20%
SolusOS 2 0.20%
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #46
jjprzy
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Ubuntu 10.04 seems to work best for me. I'm not too crazy about the newer versions. I tried Puppy and REALLY liked it, but it doesn't seem to work in all environments - sort of hit and miss. I also tried LinuxMint, openSUSE, Fedora, and a few others not listed here. Had various issues with each. Some seemed overly complicated. I have some old versions of PCLinux and Knoppix that were pretty cool. Knoppix was my favorite for a long time, but I couldn't figure out how to get and install new packages.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 03:16 AM   #47
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Debian stable

Without Debian my life would have been different. Debian is the place where I live, the home where I keep on coming back again and again even if dare to try another apparently sexier distro in a moment of weakness... Debian is which runs my main machine, that were my important data lives. Debian is that which always works, silently, smoothly, reliably... Debian is all; the present, the past, and the future...

Did I make myself clear?
 
Old 12-19-2012, 04:49 AM   #48
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Very pleased with Mint 14 Nadia (Mate). Was happy with v11, upgraded to 13 Maya the latest long term support. All sorts of problems tried both Mate and Cinnamon distros, neither seemed to work. Come v14 and back to the same state of happiness I had with v11. Was dual booting and updated XP to something ending with 8. Now that does get my Christmas turkey award. Removed all dual boot and now simply spiffing! Think Mint 14 should be long term supported version not 13!

Seasons greetings to all.
RichardS
 
Old 12-19-2012, 06:55 AM   #49
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CrunchBang.

Take Debian, add the stuff that a user really wants - i.e. optional inclusion of software like LibreOffice and a LAMP stack via a nifty post-installation script - and strip out all the bloat.

All it asks in return is that you do a tiny bit of extra footwork (still via a GUI).

Dell should have put this on the XPS 13 Developer Edition but I don't blame them. They weren't to know.

Last edited by intoCB; 12-19-2012 at 06:58 AM. Reason: missing comma
 
Old 12-19-2012, 08:07 AM   #50
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Debian in it's purest form
 
Old 12-19-2012, 08:22 AM   #51
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Lubuntu ! ( I like salix and pcbsd too! )

Last edited by dlinux100; 12-19-2012 at 08:23 AM.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 08:25 AM   #52
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CrunchBang.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 09:03 AM   #53
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Fedora!
 
Old 12-19-2012, 12:06 PM   #54
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Depends on who is using...........

Hobyist-->
#1 - Arch
#2 - Debian
#3 - Slackware
#4 - Geentoo

Casual User-->
#1 -- Manjaro Linux
#2 -- Linux Mint
#3 -- Ubuntu Spin
 
Old 12-19-2012, 02:32 PM   #55
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Linux Mint.

Slackware is the best all-around distro of all time, but it is not the "Desktop Distribution of the Year".
 
Old 12-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #56
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ubuntu
 
Old 12-19-2012, 07:35 PM   #57
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Talking

Fedora
 
Old 12-19-2012, 11:24 PM   #58
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Linux Mint.

Slackware is the best all-around distro of all time, but it is not the "Desktop Distribution of the Year".
Okay then, Slackware 14. Better?
 
Old 12-20-2012, 02:13 AM   #59
Richard Slipper
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Depends on who is using...........

Hobyist-->
#1 - Arch
#2 - Debian
#3 - Slackware
#4 - Geentoo

Casual User-->
#1 -- Manjaro Linux
#2 -- Linux Mint
#3 -- Ubuntu Spin
Good point. But what is the definition of a casual user? I assume 'hobbyist' means somebody who 'fiddles.' What about those like me that want a nice stable platform with minimal need for intervention that allows them to use their data via sensible apps for practical, non-IT, purposes? Do people like me constitute a third category? :-)
 
Old 12-20-2012, 07:35 AM   #60
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CrunchBang.

Take Debian, add the stuff that a user really wants - i.e. optional inclusion of software like LibreOffice and a LAMP stack via a nifty post-installation script - and strip out all the bloat.

All it asks in return is that you do a tiny bit of extra footwork (still via a GUI).

Dell should have put this on the XPS 13 Developer Edition but I don't blame them. They weren't to know.
I must admit that Crunchbang looks very interesting. I only came across it a few weeks ago and have not had much time to mess with it yet, though.
 
  


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