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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2005. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends March 6th.


View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 34 1.36%
Fedora 235 9.38%
Mandrakelinux 145 5.79%
Slackware 477 19.05%
Suse 330 13.18%
Debian 265 10.58%
Knoppix 19 0.76%
Gentoo 225 8.99%
MEPIS 73 2.92%
Ubuntu 488 19.49%
Novell Linux Desktop 6 0.24%
Xandros 14 0.56%
Linspire 18 0.72%
Arch 71 2.84%
PClinuxOS 44 1.76%
CentOS 37 1.48%
LFS 23 0.92%
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:41 PM   #181
Tons of Fun
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Distribution: Debian Wheezy / BackTrack 5/ Linux Mint 17
Posts: 379

Rep: Reputation: 37

I love Debian. I love apt, and 15,000 packages doesn't hurt either.

Old 02-16-2006, 07:53 PM   #182
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2004
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Distribution: SuSe 10.0
Posts: 25

Rep: Reputation: 15
Best Distro

Initally I considered SuSe 10.0 as the best - certainly the closest to being an "out of the box" install, but after having installaion problems on a Compaq desktop and finding that it is quite slow in loading on my laptop, I have to go with PCLinuxOS 9.2. It's fast, updates are good and it install quite well on all of my computers.
PCLinuxOS even beats out my perenial favourite - Simply MEPIS - as I find that with MEPIS 3.4.2 they have actually gone backwards, with a unreliable bootloader and are so far from the Debian repositories that updates are dangerous.

So for this time around, It has to be PCLinux OS
Old 02-16-2006, 11:35 PM   #183
Registered: Dec 2005
Posts: 48

Rep: Reputation: 15
I think RedHat is the best among all the distributions.
Old 02-17-2006, 12:18 AM   #184
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Sandusky, OH
Distribution: OpenSuSE 11.1 Beta2
Posts: 32

Rep: Reputation: 15
Originally Posted by jeremy
And your favorite Distro is...

I clicked on Debian, but in reality, it is Debian Etch. It is the only distro that has not folded up on me as I tear into it to make it do what I want. All the other distros died at one point or another along the way. May they rest in peace. LOL
Old 02-17-2006, 10:16 AM   #185
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2005
Distribution: Debian/unstable
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Debian roll!
Old 02-17-2006, 10:23 AM   #186
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: Baton Rouge
Distribution: Slackware 10.1
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Puppy Linux

My linux is Puppy Linux. It is not listed.
Old 02-17-2006, 10:26 AM   #187
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Roanoke, VA
Distribution: PCLinuxOS,Simply Mepis
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
I love Mepis! I have been using mepis over two years now. My box is up 24/7 no problems, other than when I had to upgrade KDE once in a while. Just like to say also that I have tried other distros in between, just to see what all the hype was about; however, they couldn't beat mepis on my old compaq.

Somedays I don't get much work done because I find myself helping wife fix new computer with M$ on it constantly.
Old 02-17-2006, 12:21 PM   #188
Registered: Sep 2005
Location: Pune, India
Distribution: openSUSE Leap
Posts: 136

Rep: Reputation: 15
Thumbs up Mandriva 2006

I am a newbie. Madrake which is now known as Mandriva is my all
time fav distro. The GUI interface of Mandriva 2006 is cool. Earlier version of Mandrake was also easy to use sorta. And most
good thing is it detects and intalls major hardwares just like
in Windows XP . Last time i added TV Tuner card. I shocked to see
it installed TV tuner card automatically. Simply amazing !

Amey Abhyankar.
Old 02-17-2006, 12:24 PM   #189
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Mexico City
Distribution: Fedora, Ubuntu & Mint
Posts: 1,679

Rep: Reputation: 45
Originally Posted by sco1984
Last time i added TV Tuner card. I shocked to see
it installed TV tuner card automatically. Simply amazing !

Amey Abhyankar.
Surprisingly enough that will happen with most any modern distribution (SuSE, Mandy, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, etc) provided your card is supported by you distro's kernel

Welcome to Linux, and regards!
Old 02-17-2006, 02:45 PM   #190
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Registered: Nov 2005
Distribution: MEPIS
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
I clicked MEPIS, even though currently use Kubuntu.

I like the one "live" CD concept with possibility to try the distro without installation on HD first, and possibility to download all needed packages later, rather than downloading three or more CD's, like many other distros require.
MEPIS is based on Debian, which means APT and great access to all Debian repositories, ease of installation and removing programs.
MEPIS has great hardware support, multimedia support in it is better than almost any free distro I tried.
Windows types of multimedia, libdvdcss are a few clicks away with Synaptic.
Antialiasing is implemented better than under Knoppix, Kanotix.
I'd use it today if not for poor locales support.
I need my distro flawlessly support Russian, be based on Debian, I prefer KDE.
Kubuntu implements Russian, and MEPIS doesn't, so I have to use Kubuntu currently.
Would wholeheartedly recommend MEPIS to those English-speaking Windows users, who want to try Linux.
Will watch closely how relations between MEPIS and Ubuntu develop in a future...and hope to switch back someday.

Last edited by foreigner; 02-18-2006 at 01:20 PM.
Old 02-18-2006, 04:10 AM   #191
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Vulcan
Distribution: *buntu - Slackware - Anything on USB
Posts: 254

Rep: Reputation: 30
Question Can't make up my mind.............

Okay, first I installed Mandriva, then I tried SUSE. Then I went to Ubuntu, installed Kubuntu, and then went back to SUSE (poor hard drive). Somewhere in there, I squeezed in a Debian install. I spent the most time with SUSE, but now I'm thinking of a jump to Slackware. As for installs, I really like Mandriva's partition program, but SUSE seemed to detect all my hardware. And all I had to do was click next. I would recommend SUSE 10.0
Old 02-18-2006, 04:55 AM   #192
Registered: Sep 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 39

Rep: Reputation: 15
Originally Posted by Penguin of Wonder
I have the worst time trying to use, I never get it installed right, and it always breaks as soon as I get it running but I still love my Gentoo!!
ditto. Got it installed from second try (after using Mandrake for a couple of weeks) and never needed to look for anything else - except the documentation. Gentoo has the best docs of them all.
Old 02-18-2006, 05:37 AM   #193
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Distribution: Ubuntu, Fedora, PCLinux, MEPIS, still miss Libranet
Posts: 162

Rep: Reputation: 30
after much trial and error

I really like Mepis, also Libranet 3.0, but then I discovered PCLinuxOS. Simply amazing!!
Old 02-19-2006, 06:37 AM   #194
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2001
Location: 35.7480 N, 95.3690 W
Distribution: Debian, Gentoo, Red Hat, Solaris
Posts: 2,070

Rep: Reputation: 46
I use both Debian and Gentoo. But Debian to me is still the best. Gentoo is right below at the top of my list though.
Old 02-19-2006, 11:53 AM   #195
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Oregon
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 1
I've been using Linux for a few years now and am a diehard Slackware fan. I've tried other distros and always keep Slack as my main O/S. It is totally configurable the way I want it. I use some Gnome, KDE and XFCE apps from my Fluxbox window manager without any issues. I've never had to post a question here because the forums have always had the answer I needed after a little searching. I'm still learning what I need to know, but its been a fun experience!


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