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What's the best distribution of linux?

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The nominees are:

Ubuntu (in general)
Linux From Scratch (LFS)
Slackware
Debian
Red Hat
Mandriva
VectorLinux
Fedora
DamnSmallLinux
Yoper
Amigo
MEPIS
Suse/Novell
Puppy
Zenwalk
Grafpup
DNALinux
ROCK
Linspire/Freespire
OTHER -please post

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Old 04-02-2008, 12:05 PM   #16
stefan_rogin2000
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I know that Linux is best for servers and programing... but I've seen development and in making it for personal use... and of course I'm interested in being able to do as much as possible with my computer and have it work at good efficiency ...
 
Old 04-02-2008, 12:15 PM   #17
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ok.... I'll need to decide

I don't have the experience you all have... and it would be good for my judgment if you could all enlist the ones you like and explaining why and how dose it compair to others..

I think that would be best
 
Old 04-02-2008, 12:27 PM   #18
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I voted for Ubuntu because:
(+)
  • it's easy to use
  • the only one I know(and used to)
  • upgradeable
(-)
it has bugs and glitches especially on graphics

but overall I decided on ubuntu (basically because I wanted to start the vote and it's the only one I know)
 
Old 04-02-2008, 12:46 PM   #19
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I answered "Debian" even though I don't even use it right now (I use Ubuntu and gNewSense). The thing is that Debian spawned off all the very best distro out there, bar none (sorry RPM users, your distros suck: I know, I have used them for years before swithing from RPM-hell to APT-heaven). Debian is therefore *the* ultimate distro as it makes all the rest of them possible.

Of course, Debian is awesome in its own right, not just as a parent-distro.

Cheers!

Mamadu
 
Old 04-02-2008, 06:09 PM   #20
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sidux, better yet Google or take a look at distrowatch.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #21
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I vote for Microsoft Linux XP, but since that is not on the list, I'd go with my personal favorite of Red Hat because I am most familiar with it.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 09:05 PM   #22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan_rogin2000 View Post
I guess that's a very wide angle approach but still... making a average between all the ups and downs witch is the best ?

the question should be answered as objectively as possible regarding:

- performance (-graphic/ -processes/ -connectivity)
- appearance (-smooth and clear display)
- user friendly (-how easy was it to use for the first time, witch is the best for Linux noobs)

I'm looking for a distribution that is easy to use without lacking performance and compatibility.

Thank you in advance

this could be good to guide new users from your own personal approach (like me )
I've just started and seen some of the ups and downs and I see no reason why not to vote


I enlisted the most active distributions in the forums

I don't have the experience you all have... and it would be good for my judgment if you could all enlist the ones you like and explaining why and how dose it compare to others..
This I think will make this Thread more helpful for me and other new users (noobs)
This is a really silly poll. What works for some, does not work for others. I like Debian, but all my hardware works in Debian w/ little to no effort on my part. I think its a safe bet if you had a lot of hardware issues w/ Debian, you wouldn't use it.

Download some live CD's and try them, silly polls isn't going to help.

IGF
 
Old 04-03-2008, 12:12 AM   #23
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I voted for <insert distro name here>.

I used to be a distro hopper, but not any more. I've always had problems with <insert hardware here>, but after installing <insert distro name here>, it just worked! I've tried <insert another distro here> but had nothing but problems, I don't know why people keep using it. <insert distro here> is the distro hopper stopper!

If this poll is to continue, expect a lot of replies to end up like the above. The problem is that even the best of linux distributions have certain problems with certain hardware. Ubuntu is very popular, for instance, and there is a very good reason for that. But what happens if you download Ubuntu, install it, and there are problems everwhere with your installation? Do you think that since the majority of people voted it to be the best, that every other linux distribution will do the same?

Also, do you consider stability to be of the utmost importance, or is the latest and greatest in package selection more to your fancy? Do you mind venturing into the CLI to configure and fix things? How powerful is your hardware? Do you need 64-bit support? There are numerous questions that narrow down which distro would best suit you.

Did you put any personal research into any of these distributions? The reason I ask this is because you have LFS on the poll, and then follow up by asking which would be best for a newbie. Did you actually look at the 2007 awards for best desktop distribution (the previous link I posted)? Not only is the poll almost exactly the same, but there are 15 pages of comments as to why people chose the distribution they did. And after all that, you'll still be at square one until you actually test them.

If you're wondering why people are so reluctant to answer this poll, it's because this question is asked so many times, that all the new threads get merged into a 'Which Distro Megathread'. The answers are always opinions. Is Gnome better than KDE? DEB better than RPM? Or Source? All answers are opinions. You have to test them to find out what you like.
 
Old 04-03-2008, 12:04 PM   #24
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I voted for <insert distro name here>.

I used to be a distro hopper, but not any more. I've always had problems with <insert hardware here>, but after installing <insert distro name here>, it just worked! I've tried <insert another distro here> but had nothing but problems, I don't know why people keep using it. <insert distro here> is the distro hopper stopper!

If this poll is to continue, expect a lot of replies to end up like the above. The problem is that even the best of linux distributions have certain problems with certain hardware. Ubuntu is very popular, for instance, and there is a very good reason for that. But what happens if you download Ubuntu, install it, and there are problems everwhere with your installation? Do you think that since the majority of people voted it to be the best, that every other linux distribution will do the same?

Also, do you consider stability to be of the utmost importance, or is the latest and greatest in package selection more to your fancy? Do you mind venturing into the CLI to configure and fix things? How powerful is your hardware? Do you need 64-bit support? There are numerous questions that narrow down which distro would best suit you.

Did you put any personal research into any of these distributions? The reason I ask this is because you have LFS on the poll, and then follow up by asking which would be best for a newbie. Did you actually look at the 2007 awards for best desktop distribution (the previous link I posted)? Not only is the poll almost exactly the same, but there are 15 pages of comments as to why people chose the distribution they did. And after all that, you'll still be at square one until you actually test them.

If you're wondering why people are so reluctant to answer this poll, it's because this question is asked so many times, that all the new threads get merged into a 'Which Distro Megathread'. The answers are always opinions. Is Gnome better than KDE? DEB better than RPM? Or Source? All answers are opinions. You have to test them to find out what you like.
Great post <insert high-five here>

IGF
 
Old 04-03-2008, 12:19 PM   #25
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No Gentoo?

Ubuntu: Innovative, excellent community, huge repositories, constant updates

Debian: Ubuntu's dad, stable, wise, slow to adopt but always trustworthy

Gentoo: Source distro that works! Stable, new, fun, great learning resource

LFS: Similar to gentoo, but less useful on a day-to-day basis - Learning platform mostly
 
Old 04-03-2008, 01:03 PM   #26
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Caldera rocks!!!
 
Old 04-03-2008, 01:18 PM   #27
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Slackware, obviously.
 
Old 04-03-2008, 01:37 PM   #28
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yay, let the pointless popularity contest begin!
 
Old 04-03-2008, 01:44 PM   #29
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Is Gnome better than KDE? DEB better than RPM? Or Source?
Yes, yes and yes. I'm glad that's finally cleared up, there's no need to thank me, simply sticky the question and answer at the very front page of lq, thanks.
 
Old 04-03-2008, 06:29 PM   #30
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I understood that the only way is to try them.... but I don't have that mutch time....
but with the advices made... I'll at least have a place to start...

oh and one more question... what's the diferentce between Kubuntu and Ubuntu ? (regardeing ...Performance)
 
  


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