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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Ubuntu 547 35.38%
Fedora 153 9.90%
Debian 158 10.22%
openSuse 120 7.76%
Slackware 192 12.42%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 0.65%
Mandriva 74 4.79%
Gentoo 58 3.75%
MEPIS 29 1.88%
Linux Mint 48 3.10%
Arch 75 4.85%
PClinuxOS 40 2.59%
Zenwalk 24 1.55%
VectorLinux 12 0.78%
Freespire 0 0%
gOS 6 0.39%
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:20 PM   #31
ReliaFree Maintainer
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Distribution: Slackware-current, Cross Linux from Scratch, Gentoo
Posts: 2,812
Blog Entries: 1

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Same as last year...Cross Linux from Scratch.
Old 01-10-2009, 06:51 PM   #32
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Boston
Distribution: Mandriva 2008.1
Posts: 26

Rep: Reputation: 15
My 3 fave distros are Mandriva, SUSE, and Debian. But I use them each for different purposes. For example, I use Mandriva as a Windows replacement desktop - so multimedia, games, music, fun stuff, homework. I use it on both my desktop and my laptop (for school). I use SUSE as a Windows workstation replacement - using it for all work and no play. Lastly, Debian, for me anyways, is a great workstation OS, but no necessarily to replace a Windows box.

I haven't really experimented with Linux as a server OS too much yet. However I would be interested in hearing why people use particular distros.
Old 01-11-2009, 02:55 AM   #33
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Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,042

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I think Sabayon should be listed because it gives users a taste what Gentoo Linux does and how simple it is to use.
Old 01-11-2009, 04:07 AM   #34
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Southern Oregon
Distribution: Laptop: DesktopBSD1.6, openSuse11, Mandriva, Mepis7, BackTrack3....USB: Mandriva2009, Debian-Lenny,
Posts: 82

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D E B I A N - L e n n y

OpenSUSE was looking promising, but their 11.0 release was a disaster with the KDE4 desktop. It should not even had been a distribution release. 11.1 at least had a KDE3 option, but will not continue to release with KDE3 in the future. I am currently using OpenSUSE with the Gnome desktop because KDE4 is still buggy....unbelievable!

The only windows program I continue to use is MS Publisher for a newsletter I am the editor for. Otherwise, Debian does it ALL! No problems, not even a burp from the current Lenny release. It is more difficult to install and configure than Mepis, Ubuntu, Parsix, Pardus, but the others just have too many problems even installing stable release packages. D E B I A N Lenny ALL THE WAY

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Old 01-11-2009, 08:18 AM   #35
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Canada
Distribution: Mint, Debian
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Originally Posted by DJOtaku View Post
so hard to choose only one
It sure is. I voted Debian because I use/love both Debian Testing and Sidux, but I also have love for Arch and Zenwalk.
Old 01-11-2009, 10:54 AM   #36
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Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Boston
Distribution: Mandriva 2008.1
Posts: 26

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I followed the KDE4 development and it looked interesting and it looked promising but then I had the opportunity of using it in Mandriva 2008 and I was left quite unimpressed so I don't think it's just openSUSE. But I've also heard from one of the Mandriva mailing lists that KDE4.0 was meant more for developers and not end users. I've also tried KDE4.1 in Mandriva 2009 and that has left me with the same impression.
Old 01-11-2009, 11:20 AM   #37
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Location: bbsr,orissa,India
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fedora is the best
Old 01-11-2009, 04:12 PM   #38
Registered: Dec 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 507

Rep: Reputation: 33
Old 01-11-2009, 06:06 PM   #39
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada
Distribution: Slackware, OpenBSD
Posts: 5,610

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Slackware all the way, baby.
Old 01-11-2009, 08:25 PM   #40
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Spain
Distribution: Dreamlinux
Posts: 20
Blog Entries: 2

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Ok, Dreamlinux is ranked number 8 on distrowatch for the last 12 months.
Old 01-12-2009, 12:05 AM   #41
Registered: Nov 2000
Location: Third Stone from the Sun
Distribution: Mageia 6, Devuan & Hyperbola Linux
Posts: 151

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One of my favorites never make the list but its a lean mean distro machine...Sourcemage, but other than that, I go with Debian.
Old 01-12-2009, 03:01 AM   #42
Registered: Dec 2008
Distribution: Dreamlinux 3.5rc4
Posts: 36

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Originally Posted by richs-lxh View Post
Ok, Dreamlinux is ranked number 8 on distrowatch for the last 12 months.
Cheer up, we'll make it in this category for the next Awards.
Old 01-12-2009, 10:09 AM   #43
Registered: May 2005
Location: Greece
Distribution: antiX using herbstluftwm, fluxbox, IceWM and jwm.
Posts: 400

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No antiX?

Great for old and new boxes.
Old 01-12-2009, 05:25 PM   #44
el amigo*
Registered: Dec 2006
Location: República Dominicana
Distribution: CentOS, Scientific Linux
Posts: 122

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Well, over the history, I would say Debian, but this year, the most dynamic and promising distro is clearly Linux Mint... Ubuntu might win in a landslide, but Mint is Ubuntu done right...

-AntiX ? I like the idea, but I am not too keen on Mepis... If it was based on pure Debian, I'd enjoy it better...
Old 01-12-2009, 07:35 PM   #45
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: FreeBSD 8.0 & Fedora 12
Posts: 50

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I have been more than happy with Ubuntu. OpenSUSE 11 wasn't bad either and Fedora's definitely not for desktop!


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