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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2004. This is your chance to be heard! Voting closes on February 3rd.


View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 23 0.99%
Fedora 350 15.09%
Mandrakelinux 235 10.13%
Slackware 449 19.36%
Suse 235 10.13%
Debian 250 10.78%
Knoppix 43 1.85%
Gentoo 314 13.54%
DamnSmallLinux 7 0.30%
MEPIS 96 4.14%
LFS 13 0.56%
Ubuntu 176 7.59%
Yoper 32 1.38%
Xandros 27 1.16%
Linspire 17 0.73%
Arch 26 1.12%
Conectiva 7 0.30%
Amigo 2 0.09%
CentOS 3 0.13%
PClinuxOS 14 0.60%
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:09 PM   #511
Registered: Aug 2003
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I'm a Simply Mepis Kind of guy.

And since I teach Linux to "non-believers", or the otherwise skeptical, LinSpire is my #2. I'm sure that will raise the hackles of many, but in terms of spreading Linux far and wide, I think LinSpire will, in the next couple of years be the defacto Linux launch-pad distro. Yes it's got problems, but by the time people know enough about Linux to understand that, they'll be capable of switching to a geekier Distro should that tickle their fancy.

Third Place would be a tie between Ubuntu and Xandros. I'm done with the RedHat/RPM model.

Old 02-01-2005, 01:14 PM   #512
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Xandros 3

Has to be Xandros Desktop 3.0 ...
Old 02-01-2005, 01:18 PM   #513
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I think Knoppix is the best distro I've come across, personally. You can completely redesign your own install CD....and run it on any pc
and apt-get is just awesome....
Old 02-01-2005, 02:09 PM   #514
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my first steps on linux were some time ago with SuSe 6.3.
after that i tried redhat 7.2 -> 8.0, and i was lucky of getting full 3d support and some other stuff running. i also tried Mandrake 9.0->10.0
by now, i'm running with gentoo and i have to say, IT IS GREAT
it's the most flexible and stable distro i had
i'm very lucky with that distro (even if i have an 64-bit system i only have some little problems) *g*
Old 02-01-2005, 02:13 PM   #515
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Registered: Jun 2004
Location: West Midlands UK
Distribution: Mint 2.1 with Kubuntu Desktop
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My Vote goes to Suse


Well on other forums I visit which are not solely Linux Suse seems to be the distro that has been attracting more newbies to Linux, with fewer my whatsit isn't doing whatever questions.

Mad Malc

Old 02-01-2005, 02:26 PM   #516
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SuSE 9.2 ... can't live without it
Old 02-01-2005, 02:44 PM   #517
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: Xubuntu Dapper - Debian Etch - Puppy Linux
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Libranet 2.8.1 ! It really rocks!

It's so easy to install and all -- partitioning is a cinch.

I'd recommend it to newbies -- am still one too!!

Old 02-01-2005, 03:04 PM   #518
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I tried atleast 4 distributions this year, and honest to god, Ubuntu kills them all. Ubuntu is so far (to me that is) the MOST attractive and simple distribution. It leaves the end users with a distribution which you just use and not worry about. And besides, its a Debian distro at heart so who can beat that =) .
Old 02-01-2005, 03:14 PM   #519
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Mandrake since 7.2. Tried vector, xandros, icepack, alt, RH, openlinux, lycoris, elx, plus about a half dozen I can't remember.
Old 02-01-2005, 03:17 PM   #520
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best distro

Old 02-01-2005, 03:35 PM   #521
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: montreal
Distribution: Slackware and XUbuntu an Debian
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although i use slack 9.0 as my main os , i must say i was impressed with the ease of installation of ubuntu and it's the way they have grub set up...good distro for a newbie....choice of sistem languages and 2 cents
Old 02-01-2005, 03:39 PM   #522
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Mandrake gets my vote hands down, It's easy to load & it's easy to use
Old 02-01-2005, 04:12 PM   #523
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gentoo, easily. Used them al but i've fallen in love with it
Old 02-01-2005, 04:16 PM   #524
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used only fedora, Debian unstable and ubuntu. From the latter two ubuntu seems to be a lot more user friendly. I didn't realize how much I've missed that until I tried installing sarge on a Amd64 laptop ;>
Old 02-01-2005, 04:22 PM   #525
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