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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 11-21-2003, 03:07 PM   #91
dcaillouet
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Registered: May 2001
Location: Flyover Country
Distribution: SuSE
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I use SuSE and Debian on a zSeries mainframe and SuSE at home. Both are excellent distributions.

Red Hat is a very popular but every time I've tried to use it, I've always run into problems. I feel like I'm jinxed with that distro.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 04:57 PM   #92
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GENTOO!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 11-21-2003, 08:40 PM   #93
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Slackware
 
Old 11-21-2003, 11:05 PM   #94
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Knoppix gets my vote for best distro of 2003... I'm more your average user than your average linux geek, I've been a Red Hat user for sometime now and have tried a number of other distros but Knoppix was the easiest installation of Linux I've ever experienced. No problems whatsoever.

I have read a lot of reviews on the installation of other Linux distros I wanted to try, but I don't think any of them matches Knoppix for ease and reliability.

Updates and downloading software is so easy and fast one you configure 'apt' to use repositories closer to your location.

All in all, my easiest Linux experience to date.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:12 AM   #95
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Slackware. Used Redhat and Mandrake, but Slackware hits the spot
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:07 AM   #96
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Behold the power of Slack!
Simple, fast, and a great distro to really learn Linux on.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 09:03 AM   #97
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I vote for Gentoo, mainly because of the fantastic portage system. Btw, do you guys know emerge was written in Python?
Also, gentoo is way faster than the other distro's, except maybe LFS
 
Old 11-22-2003, 09:18 AM   #98
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Pretty cool seeing Slack on the top I remember a thread awhile back, someone asked why Slackware wasn't more popular. I thought it already IS quite popular judging from people heres' distro details. It is a the best I have tried, I know that!
 
Old 11-22-2003, 06:51 PM   #99
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Slackware on my main computer and debain on my server. I perfer slackware, couldnt tell u why, just do. apt-get is nice though. Slack gets my vote
 
Old 11-23-2003, 07:17 AM   #100
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slackware hrhr even if 9.1 is a bit unstable ... it rocks but gentoo does as well wargh >O
 
Old 11-23-2003, 07:53 AM   #101
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Started with Redhat, now I use Fedora but looking at the Slack community--I might download it and give it a try...

Slappy
 
Old 11-23-2003, 02:05 PM   #102
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I was a slackware man (though I had tried stormix, debian, multiple BSDs, mandrake, and redhat, listed in order of preference) until I tried gentoo. I'd be willing to bet most of those slackware advocates haven't tried gentoo yet. Granted, Slackware is an awesome distro, but gentoo gives you so much more control.. my 2 cents.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 03:22 PM   #103
newpenguin
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why Linux Questions always count LFS as a distribution.

i think its just a book.

i am very proud at the success of mine slack.

cheers all slackers.
 
Old 11-24-2003, 08:45 PM   #104
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I'm surprised at the number of other slackers here... but after Redhat 9, slackware 9.1 is much nicer. Redhat for me was a good introduction to Linux without knowing anything about Linux.

Slackware is clean, mean, and lean!
 
Old 11-24-2003, 08:55 PM   #105
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Quote:
Originally posted by Blindsight
I was a slackware man (though I had tried stormix, debian, multiple BSDs, mandrake, and redhat, listed in order of preference) until I tried gentoo. I'd be willing to bet most of those slackware advocates haven't tried gentoo yet. Granted, Slackware is an awesome distro, but gentoo gives you so much more control.. my 2 cents.
I have been thinking about building Gentoo on some spare drive space lately. I just might do it over my 4 day holiday weekend

I'm interested to see how it performs in relation to slack, but I honestly don't think I will change from Slack as my primary. We'll see. My machine does a complete Slack 9.1 install in 9 minutes, so compiling Gentoo shouldnt be all that bad. It won't be like what I been hearing "get such and such started, and go to bed for the night" kind of thing at least.

Does Gentoo use BSD type scripts like Slack?

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