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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 02-02-2006, 06:54 AM   #106
Registered: Mar 2005
Distribution: Red Hat / Fedora
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Suse 64 Bit
Old 02-02-2006, 07:13 AM   #107
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Tasmania, Australia.
Distribution: Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu
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hell, gentoo followed closely by slackware & dsl.

ive tried mandrake 10, fedora c4, knoppix 3.6, dsl, slackware, ubuntu, suse 10oss and gentoo.

with the worst being suse 10 oss (by a long shot) then knoppix or mandrake.

an idea for a catorgry would be "worst distro of the year"
there's my 2 cents for my first year of linux
Old 02-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #108
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Gentoo Linux is my favorite!
Old 02-02-2006, 09:26 AM   #109
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Debian
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Debian, it does everything I need it for
Old 02-02-2006, 09:36 AM   #110
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Originally Posted by gunnix
My vote went for Arch. I like it's speed and simplicity. It has a good forum and wiki as well. Easy to upgrade, etc
But I think some packages should be split up in 2, like is done in debian (pkg and pkg-dev) to save hd space. Otherwise I'd also like a localepurge tool for arch.

I also like debian and freebsd.
IMO that's one of the pro's of Arch and one of the things which drove me to Arch - I don't have to sneak after -dev packages to compile something, everything just works. If you use ABS you'll end up having to install the -dev packages anyway...
Old 02-02-2006, 09:59 AM   #111
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Registered: Feb 2006
Location: BG
Distribution: Slackware 10.1 (At Home), FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE (At Work) Both with fluxbox
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As my fluxbox menu title say {} sLaCk || sLacK _)_ with other words love slack or slack f**k
Old 02-02-2006, 11:04 AM   #112
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Romania
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Gentoo, Slackware
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I like ArchLinux because it's like my favorite: Gentoo - but no extra compile time!
It's Gentoo for know but who knows? Arch seems good enough for my usual use - desktop.
I stay with Gentoo because of portage and because I have the source code and can customize the code compilation to my needs/arch.
Old 02-02-2006, 11:40 AM   #113
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Location: Maine/USA
Distribution: Fedora Core, Centos, Solaris
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CentOs is my new fav.
Old 02-02-2006, 12:37 PM   #114
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SimplyMEPIS 3.3
Old 02-02-2006, 12:38 PM   #115
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Ubuntu (Actuallu, KUbuntu for me).
Old 02-02-2006, 02:11 PM   #116
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Distribution: Mepis 6.5
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I'll add another vote for adding kanotix to this list. I know it is in the LiveCD category already, but then again, Mepis, Knoppix, Ubunto all are/have LiveCDs as well.

Kanotix is a great LiveCD, but it is even better installed. Can it be added please?
Old 02-02-2006, 05:53 PM   #117
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Weatherford, OK
Distribution: openSUSE 10.1
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I'm going to go with.....Ubuntu
Old 02-02-2006, 07:02 PM   #118
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Fullerton, CA
Distribution: Arch 0.7.1 (laptop) / Slack 10.2 (desktop)
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Voted Arch. Control of slack without spending all day compiling to stay bleeding edge. Anything that's not in regular is in testing/unstable, if not there then the AUR, if not there then making a PKGBUILD yourself is a breeze. I doubt I ever could have gotten Xorg7 working on my own on Slack. Only problem with arch is it's a bit harder to mess with the kernel.

Slackware is a close second, though, if you want stability there's no other way to go. Plus Arch won't run on an old machine (i686 optimized). I have a Pentium II 400 that I have running slackware, no GUI whatsoever, lighttpd + php + mysql, leave mutt, snownews and naim/bsflite screened and SSH in. Occasionally use w3m or elinks for browsing if I'm in my room. I have probably made more use out of that computer than when it was brand new and used by my university, and they sold it to me for $12 .

After that I haven't tried much else, I've only been using Linux for about 6 months. I put Zenwalk on my sister's computer, it works well, also tried Vector but didn't like it. Ubuntu/Kubuntu aren't minimalist enough for me, I tried them for around 1 day each before finding a real distro (slack).
Old 02-02-2006, 07:35 PM   #119
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Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Distribution: Sparky, PartedMagic, Puppy, xubuntu. BOYCOTTING: Vector, Beatrix, BLAG, Slackware
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no mention of the loaded aLinux
the high performance low requirement Zenwalk
both much better than Slackware.
Non preconfigured tuxes dont cut it, why spend a week configuring your system to be substandard.
Should have polls for the most needy configuration tux or most bloated tux, too many falling over each other to pick from there.
Old 02-03-2006, 01:44 AM   #120
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Location: San Pedro,CA
Distribution: slackware,pclinuxos,sabayon
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Distribution of the Year

Well I have tried just about all of the distros in the last couple of years. there are quite a few goood distros out there that are pretty stable. Slackware is always on some partition in my house. Vector Linux SOHO is cool,fast.
Been playing with ubuntu this week, the "automatix" script that kid wrote for ubuntu is the bomb, saved me a lot of time compiling all the multimedia stuff (well sometimes I get lazy)
I haven't used gnome for awhile so I wanted to see where it was at, ubuntu is ok I don't really care for deb distros.
NOW FOR THE WINNER!! flatout, of the box kick ass distro is....
PCLINUXOS Everthing works, great control center, there is no distro alive that can configure my graphics card and screen perfectly and thats without even asking me what I'm packin.
Texstar has done some great work with this distro


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