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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2003. This is your chance to be heard!


View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat 178 10.46%
Slackware 448 26.34%
Debian 173 10.17%
Mandrake 276 16.23%
Fedora 95 5.58%
Libranet 27 1.59%
Suse 160 9.41%
Arch 37 2.18%
VectorLinux 8 0.47%
Knoppix 69 4.06%
Gentoo 198 11.64%
LFS 32 1.88%
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Old 11-15-2003, 11:55 AM   #1
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Distribution of the Year

And the best Distro is....
Old 11-15-2003, 01:37 PM   #2
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I know there will be many arguments here, but what about Knoppix? It isn't really a traditional distribution, but I think it has done more for public awareness of Linux, and for increasing the awareness/use of Debian than any of the traditional distributions. It is also current #3 on the hit rankings.
Old 11-15-2003, 02:03 PM   #3
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Personal favourite is Mandrake 9.1 - a nice middle ground..
SUSE 9 is clearly the most polished - a good example.
Vector 3.2/4 is just plain "fast".
Slack 9.1 with KDE - what a combination....... nice!

Thanks again to all the developers...

Last edited by Skyline; 11-26-2003 at 04:15 AM.
Old 11-15-2003, 02:41 PM   #4
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Slackware, ClusterKnoppix, Gentoo
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Slackware! w00t! and root linux is pretty cool.
Old 11-15-2003, 06:19 PM   #5
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: California
Distribution: Ubuntu
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Had to vote for Debian. I just installed Fedora so its to early to tell for me if it would have been a contender. I can't even get Arch to install with ethernet support yet so Debian is my pick.
Old 11-15-2003, 07:04 PM   #6
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
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2 things:
1. There's no Gentoo?
2. Slackware is awesome, keep voting for it, everyone ^_^
Old 11-15-2003, 07:56 PM   #7
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Illinois, United States
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Slackware! 9.1 is the best version so far and it keeps getting better.
Old 11-15-2003, 08:05 PM   #8
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I run Mandrake 9.1 on a custom built box at home and Fedora on my Dell C640. I gave the nod to Fedora because everything worked on the Dell C640 right from the start. Power management works flawlessly, 3D graphics work great, and no garbled screen when the machine is brought out of sleep. Also, yum works great. If yum works on an upgrade from Core 1 to Core 2, as I've read it should, I'll never look at another distro again.

Last edited by flyfishin; 11-17-2003 at 09:19 AM.
Old 11-15-2003, 08:45 PM   #9
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: On the Beaches of Super Sunny Southern San Clemente, California USA
Distribution: Slackware - duh!
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Slackware is in the lead with a 2:1 margin over the second place distro (Mandrake) at this time with 18 votes for slack and 9 for mandrake.

I like Mandrake. I recommend it as a good workstation distro for n00bs at their homes. But alas, I build servers and nowadays have returned to my SLS roots and typically build only Slackware or Open/Free/NetBSD boxes.

hm..... Am I the only person on this planet left that still spells LiGNUx, LiGNUx?

I see Gentoo made it into the polls too, but it's just not quite ready for primetime in the datacenter yet IMNSHO
Old 11-15-2003, 09:21 PM   #10
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SuSE 9 is the most polished linux - pity about it's restrictive licensing
Old 11-15-2003, 10:05 PM   #11
Registered: May 2001
Location: Norton, KS
Distribution: Mandrake, Xandros, and Debian 3.0 (Woody) as a proxy
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Xandros... Xandros... Xandros....
Old 11-15-2003, 10:07 PM   #12
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Libranet for me. Easy updates, Easy install, I'm just a user couldnt edit a text file without learning how and I havent had to learn.
Old 11-15-2003, 10:18 PM   #13
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Old 11-15-2003, 11:52 PM   #14
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Well; I have used only one Linux distro (well; not counting Knoppix); wich is RedHat Linux v.9.

It is my first Linux to use ever. And I'm very impressed with it.

Anyone have any suggestions on wich other Linux distros I should try? (and they need to be as easy to install as RedHat 9)

Old 11-16-2003, 04:08 AM   #15
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