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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
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Originally Posted by gor0
is not dead that 'thing' ???
Gentoo is still growing every time I sync the portage tree (emerge --sync or eix-sync), currently... 18208 packages (with java overlay ~+211 pkgs enabled) in 163 categories. Ups, synced again, now 18151 packages - sometimes happens to be less; eix-sync shows a nice diff summary of pkgs added and removed!
That is a coincidence... Slack, Mint and Ubuntu all exactly 202 votes. I wonder what the probability is of this happening.
A two-way tie is plausible, the odds of a three-way tie are astronomical. *head scratch*
As for the voting nominees and afterthoughts, that should be clearly mentioned in the OP, I'm a seasoned distro hopper and I haven't even heard of some that ARE in the list. But still, having an 'other' choice would give the tally person an indication of how many not mentioned distros to look for when scouring the comments at the end of voting to add them.
I am happy to see Mint rise up - I use it sometimes in addition to openSUSE and reccomend it to beginners as it has a easy, pliable UI with stability that doesn't come with the cost of being sold out to Amazon (at least Canonical will reverse some of that next release, thank God)
I beg your pardon, as your post is meant for oldrocker99. But I want to share my opinion about Arch Linux and I do not want to offend anyone or particularly Arch Users.
The thing is that I loved Arch Linux most compared to any other distros out there, since it has a very good documentation, good build system, good everything except that the user is forced to be at bleeding edge all the time. I had to upgrade the whole system and partial upgrade didn't work (it used to break the system completely). And I am not that kind of person who always try to update all of things available (and paying for costly internet data). So I ditched it and returned to Debian where I have liberty of upgrading part of system without breaking a thing.
I am using Debian Sid, upgraded many small things as I found required, still it is damn stable.
from the Arch Wiki
Package updates have broken my system
Arch Linux is a rolling-release cutting-edge distribution. Package updates are available as soon as they are deemed stable enough for general use. However, updates sometimes require user intervention: configuration files may need to be updated, optional dependencies may change, etc.
The most important tip to remember is to not "blindly" update Arch systems. Always read the list of packages to be updated. Note whether "critical" packages are going to be updated (linux, xorg-server, and so on). If so, it is usually a good idea to check for any news at https://www.archlinux.org/ and scan recent forum posts to see if people are experiencing problems as a result of an update.
If a package update is expected/known to cause problems, packagers will ensure that pacman displays an appropriate message when the package is updated. If experiencing trouble after an update, double-check pacman's output by looking at the log (/var/log/pacman.log).
I had a problem over a year ago due to NOT checking when critical changes were made. I was able to recover - although it was a painful process. Had I checked first all would have gone smoothly.
I, too, am a little worried that systemd is driving us towards the 'single point of failure' so beloved of Microsoft with its awful registry - but it seems that very few distributions now avoid systemd, and those that do could well end up beached in the future. Systemd is the antithesis of the unix tradition of doing one job and doing it well.
That said, I am happy with Arch and it will continue to get my vote. For those Archies who haven't tried it, yaourt is a great way to use the AUR - and integrate with the rest of your system.