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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2010. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 7th 8th.

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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Ubuntu 278 28.63%
Fedora 82 8.44%
Debian 98 10.09%
openSuse 48 4.94%
Slackware 177 18.23%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 2 0.21%
Mandriva 18 1.85%
Linux Mint 98 10.09%
Gentoo 19 1.96%
MEPIS 13 1.34%
Arch 60 6.18%
PClinuxOS 23 2.37%
Zenwalk 1 0.10%
VectorLinux 2 0.21%
Sabayon 6 0.62%
Puppy 14 1.44%
Salix 30 3.09%
CrunchBang 2 0.21%
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:09 AM   #136
meetscott
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I know you don't like Ubuntu, but mocking it like that is downright juvenile...

Ubuntu really means "humanity towards others" in various southern African languages and it happens to be the name of a Linux distro geared for more ease of use and ease of migration especially for Windows and Mac OS X users, in case any of you haven't realized that it *is* only so popular that people who don't even know what Linux is still use it... LOL @ you if you *really* don't know.
Ironically, I can't configure Ubuntu. Blood starts shooting out of my eyes and I can't see the screen after it has corrupted itself for the umpteenth time. To each their own, but for power users, Ubuntu is really complex and there is a lot of garbage to work around as you try to customize it. If you don't touch it and just tow the line, I guess it's pretty good except for the corrupted updates that get sent out every few months.

I thought foodown's comment was pretty funny. But I'm a little bit juvenile, I admit that.
 
Old 01-23-2011, 01:51 AM   #137
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Slackware. I have it installed on some user computers and, once configured, it hasn't given me or them any issues.

Last edited by jhw; 01-23-2011 at 01:56 AM.
 
Old 01-23-2011, 03:18 AM   #138
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Talking Ubuntu is Debian for beginners.

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It's a word from some African language or another ... I think it means "I can't configure Slackware; or even Debian."
Ubuntu was the first distro I ever used. Back before I even knew what Linux or the concept of open source was, and I am not the only one who loves it for its point and click simplicity. I have had to do some fixes and configuration using the terminal, but mostly copy and pasting of "apt-get" commands that I found by Googling the problem. If I am going to use something, I want it to just work without hassle. That is why there are so many distros, its called personal preferences. But I still love and very very much support the ideology of open source and have recently been really getting into it and thinking of going to school to learn programming on a professional level.

So if you don't mind, please keep the snipe, condescending, and immature remarks to yourself. Thank you
 
Old 01-23-2011, 06:15 PM   #139
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I know you don't like Ubuntu, but mocking it like that is downright juvenile...
I can't refute your second statement ... I may be downright juvenile sometimes.

However, nobody ever said I didn't "like" Ubuntu ... I even voted for it!

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Ubuntu ... not because I would ever use it if I had a choice, but because that distro came a long way in 2010. I have even installed Ubuntu on several users' computers over the past year who had hosed their systems and did not own a legitimate copy of Windows. If I hand over an Ubuntu machine that I've installed WINE on and placed some handy icons on the panel for them on, they don't bother me all the time asking me questions, and they never complain.

That's quite an accomplishment for that project.
Why do Ubuntu users on these forums get upset when you make a joke or otherwise point out that their distribution is unbelievably easy to configure and use? Isn't that the aim of the project?

You'll never see me complain about people making jokes about Slackware being more vanilla than the bean itself, or about the smug sense of self-satisfaction that its users tend to radiate. How could I complain? It's all true.

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:33 AM   #140
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I can't refute your second statement ... I may be downright juvenile sometimes.

However, nobody ever said I didn't "like" Ubuntu ... I even voted for it!



Why do Ubuntu users on these forums get upset when you make a joke or otherwise point out that their distribution is unbelievably easy to configure and use? Isn't that the aim of the project?

You'll never see me complain about people making jokes about Slackware being more vanilla than the bean itself, or about the smug sense of self-satisfaction that its users tend to radiate. How could I complain? It's all true.
thats true I do get a bit upset haha. Not at it being easy to configure, point that out as much as ya like cause thats the best part! And yea its a commercial distro aimed at being as idiot proof as possible, so theres going to be some garbage and other stuff that power users wouldn't need or want. But I don't mess around to much with the terminal window or the root directory so I don't every have a lick of problem with bugs or glitches. And admittedly I do get a bit posh when I do something I think is difficult and am able to do it successfully. Like I recently tried out Gnash as a replacement for Flash (unfortunately it has a long way to go before being even moderately acceptable ) But the fact I was able to get it to play youtube at all gave me a really big ego for about 20 minutes! lol
 
Old 01-26-2011, 02:58 AM   #141
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debian
 
Old 01-26-2011, 06:06 AM   #142
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Salix
 
Old 01-26-2011, 11:44 AM   #143
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Salix

Salix
 
Old 01-26-2011, 03:25 PM   #144
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Wink How many?

So, I voted for Linux Mint.
Well, I know that I used over 11 distributions, and my winner list is (distrib-s. that I used):
1. Linux Mint GNOME
2. Ubuntu
3. OpenSUSE GNOME
4. Linux Mint FLUXBOX
5. Fedora GNOME
6. Kubuntu
7. Fedora XFCE
8. Gentoo
9. Slackware
10. Damn Small Linux
11. Tiny Core Linux.........
 
Old 01-28-2011, 07:48 AM   #145
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I'm using Mint 9 LXDE right now. But I have been using Peppermint One most of this year. They should be in the options.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 01:13 PM   #146
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Mint Mint Mint Mint Mint
 
Old 01-28-2011, 04:06 PM   #147
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i've tried ubuntu,fedora,opensuse,Linux Mint,Arch Linux,sabayon,debian and others & none of them have given me such a amazing 1st-time impression as what Salix did.
It's super-lightweight whether its the KDE or XFCE version, (KDE version idles at 150-180mb !!!)

Im sure i will learn alot from using this distro, and when i do then il maybe be ready to tackle slackware
 
Old 01-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #148
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Linux Mint Debian (LMDE).
 
Old 01-29-2011, 08:52 AM   #149
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Well ... in 1980 there were only like five million people outside of the UK under British rule, as opposed to like seven-hundred million at the end of World War II.

Nowadays, you still have your Bermudas and Gibraltars of the world, but it's safe to say that the Empire as it was at its height has gone from this world.

So it is with Microsoft now; I believe that their "stranglehold" heyday of being the single most powerful and important computer software company in the world are in the process of ending, and for the most part are already completely over, like with the Empire around 1980.

My freakin' phone is a computer, as are most of them now. In fact, my current phone outclasses the PC I had on my desk eight years ago by several powers of ten, and it doesn't have a lick of Microsoft code on it. (Neither does my PC, except for Office, but the phone's 100% commercial and untouched by me, whereas I built the PC.)

It doesn't take a prophet to see that most "consumer computing" will soon be taking place on non-traditional devices; devices more like my phone than my PC. "Real" computers will go back to their old 1980s role of being seen as "for work." Only hobbyists like us will see them as anything else 20 years from now, assuming that "real" computers as we think of them now even exist outside of data centers by then. Microsoft's code doesn't run on very many of those non-traditional devices these days, and they don't seem to be doing a very good job of horning in on that market.

Being bitter about Microsoft's current "evil" levels of "control" over computer users is very silly. That situation was real about fifteen years ago or more, but since then it has changed a great deal, and you are only really "stuck" with MS software on a PC for as long as you don't care about being stuck with it. As soon as it irritates you, you have options. This was not really true for me in 1991, when I bought my first PC.

So ... as far as the dates on the Empire goes, I'll defer to those who would know better. Perhaps I should have said 1945 instead of 1980, as the metaphor could be more apt, since MS today still has a very large market share, but I was going for a bit of an exaggeration.
Do you have any awareness of just how many comm satellites or amount of fiber MS owns? That's were they've been putting their monies last several years. As Net Neutrality becomes a concept of the past - and one generation is all it will take before the masses no longer have any clue or recollection whatsoever of a "free and open Internet", a mere blip in the time line of generational wealth - MS is going to very well positioned (depending on your perspective & how much MSFT you own).
 
Old 01-29-2011, 11:26 AM   #150
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this is a really tough vote. hmm. definitely not any rpms (have had bad experience). either arch, gentoo, or any ubuntu/ubuntu-based. i guess i will vote for arch since i had gained the most amount of knowledge by using it.
 
  


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