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How about a poll for what percent of your time is spent using a Linux box over the last year?
It would be interesting to see if the numbers go up each year.
Or how about a poll to see why people chose Linux over Windows?
4-Virus, malware, spyware, etc
6-Ability to run on old hardware
7-Ability to run on low power h/w
8-Speed/performance is superior
9-All of the above
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
Originally Posted by cyent
The trouble with "Which is the Best X?" type polls is they tend to be "Popularity contests" rather than evaluations of which is the best.
Let's take a "Which is the Best Distro?" poll for example.
To be fair, none of the official LQ polls to date have really been of the nature of "Which is the Best X" (unlike the Members Choice Awards). The topics have been:
* What Was Your First Linux Distro?
* In What Year Did You Start Using Linux?
* Which Linux Architecture Do You Use?
* Does Your Primary Linux Desktop Have An HDD or SSD?
* How Did You Get Into Linux and Open Source? (although this one was open answer and not poll form)
That said, we're open to all suggestions so it's possible a future poll will suffer from the issue you bring up.
I guess the polling infrastructure would have to get a bit more fancy.
Something along the lines of
"Of the varieties of X you have looked at enough within the last year to have an informed opinion of... mark your preference love,like,meh,dislike,hate and mark your knowledge of the package... "used more than 20 times, used 10-20 times, use 1-9 times, read the blurb".
And then add ability rank by some sort of weighted index.