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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Arch 71 6.34%
Bodhi 5 0.45%
Chakra 3 0.27%
CrunchBang 16 1.43%
Debian 169 15.10%
Fedora 62 5.54%
Fuduntu 0 0%
Gentoo 16 1.43%
Linux Mint 142 12.69%
Mageia 8 0.71%
Mandriva 0 0%
Manjaro 18 1.61%
MEPIS 3 0.27%
openSuse 31 2.77%
PClinuxOS 14 1.25%
Puppy 6 0.54%
Sabayon 3 0.27%
Salix 8 0.71%
Slackware 249 22.25%
SolusOS 0 0%
SparkyLinux 0 0%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 4 0.36%
Ubuntu 264 23.59%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Zorin OS 5 0.45%
SolydXK 11 0.98%
antiX 6 0.54%
TinyCore 1 0.09%
elementary OS 4 0.36%
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:36 AM   #151
bri_c
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Talking opinion on desktop


my personal opinion comes purely from the ability for the linux distro to load and work out of the box without requiring an in depth knowledge of how to compile and repair certain aspects for everyday use. I have 4 computers for use in different rooms all fairly old the best being an acer aspire with 3Gb ram and amd64 3200+ CPU and 2 of which are 2gb CPU's and 1 Gb RAM. The only Distro that works on them all without extra installing is puppy precise and slacko puppy.The main issue being you tube playing and desktop gui loading without distortions and ghosting. None of my puppy distros crash have plenty of additional software available that is self cleaning (i.e. removes all tmp files and unnecessary dependancies) and don't require updates. they really are remarkable. I have tried a LOT of distros with ubuntu base and fedora or red hat base which nearly all work on my best computer but have problems with one of my lower spec ones.I did also through forums etc. try to get the more popular distros to work but to no avail and even got one moderator accepting defeat with a you tube issue with one that he had encountered a number of times.So that is why puppy gets my vote it is sensible,reliable and considers the needs of us poorer folk who can't afford upgrades to hardware.They even work with 2 different old wifi dongles and a tesco bluetooth dongle without any extra fiddling.Lastly they boot up quickly,shut down quickly and are only 150mb so no lengthy downloads fit on a cheap cd or USB stick.If i have a criticism it would be that i would prefer they included grub2 instead of only grub1 and grub for dos.BTW anyone know if i can install grub 2 on puppy precise or slacko and how i would do it? Then i would use the included remastersys to burn a new copy.Thanks to anyone in advance who can help and reaches the end of my ramble.
 
Old 02-04-2014, 09:50 AM   #152
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Kubuntu isn't even listed.... am I the only one using it at the time?
 
Old 02-04-2014, 10:05 AM   #153
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re: kubuntu

i also tried Kubuntu but like i implied only puppy would work on my low spec computers nearly all kde based distros used too much resources thereby being too slow also had the you tube prob with ALL ubuntu based systems on one of my computers.It is however a great os on any computer that it works on, but doesn't alter my point about puppy.
 
Old 02-04-2014, 11:31 AM   #154
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debian is best for me
 
Old 02-04-2014, 11:28 PM   #155
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LFS wasn't listed, but I did vote for Slackware.
 
Old 02-05-2014, 12:45 AM   #156
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lol, crazy poll results...nonsense
 
Old 02-05-2014, 10:43 AM   #157
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Insanity or conspiracy?
 
Old 02-05-2014, 11:01 AM   #158
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I got banned off Arch Linux forum because I said I was using ArchBang.
 
Old 02-05-2014, 11:20 AM   #159
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Although, no distro got as much as 25% percent of the vote, a majority of voters voted for distros which use apt with debs. I switched my two computers from Slackware to Ubuntu based distros on January 2. Although, Slackware has excellent stability; I wanted to use the repositories that a plurality of linux users use which have plenty of software. I currently am using GNOME shell which has much better cross distro support than Unity. Also, Ubuntu unlike Slackware has a currently maintained Christian edition. As a Christian, I wanted to use such while respecting others freedom of religion.
 
Old 02-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #160
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As a Christian, I wanted to use such while respecting others freedom of religion.
If only freedom of no religion was better respected nowadays...
 
Old 02-05-2014, 11:40 AM   #161
brianL
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If Slackware had a Christian Edition, we would all be excommunicated and cast out of The Church Of The SubGenius. Praise "Bob"!
 
Old 02-05-2014, 11:57 AM   #162
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To be honest, in my imagination, I already see the Pope fighting with Volkerding on the phone over inclusion of some "fortune"s
 
Old 02-05-2014, 10:46 PM   #163
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Shoot, too late to vote. Would have been Slackware.
 
Old 02-06-2014, 03:53 AM   #164
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1119 votes isn't so much and I guess the nature of this site colors the results. That Ubuntu is the most popular is no real surprise. The place Slackware takes is, at least to me. I tested it a while ago in a virtual environment and the fact that you have to compile LibreOffice or the Chromium browser struck me as very odd. It's made easy with slackbuids.org, but still it takes a more 'dedicated' user. The gap between Ubuntu and Slackware couldn't be larger...
 
Old 02-06-2014, 05:26 AM   #165
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Originally Posted by jdeca57 View Post
1119 votes isn't so much and I guess the nature of this site colors the results. That Ubuntu is the most popular is no real surprise. The place Slackware takes is, at least to me. I tested it a while ago in a virtual environment and the fact that you have to compile LibreOffice or the Chromium browser struck me as very odd. It's made easy with slackbuids.org, but still it takes a more 'dedicated' user. The gap between Ubuntu and Slackware couldn't be larger...
Well, actually you can get both LibreOffice and Chromium from AlienBOB's repository as ready to install packages. AlienBOB is one of the main developers of Slackware. He just released LibreOffice 4.2.0 and Chromium 32.0.1700.102 so there are very recent packages available.

Of course, this forum is Slackware's main forum and that affects the poll results.

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