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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2011. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 9th.


View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Ubuntu 191 21.75%
Fedora 63 7.18%
Debian 116 13.21%
Slackware 189 21.53%
openSuse 34 3.87%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 2 0.23%
Linux Mint 100 11.39%
Mandriva 4 0.46%
Gentoo 14 1.59%
MEPIS 5 0.57%
Arch 69 7.86%
PClinuxOS 24 2.73%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Sabayon 0 0%
Puppy 4 0.46%
Salix 13 1.48%
CrunchBang 19 2.16%
Mageia 12 1.37%
Bodhi 19 2.16%
Voters: 878. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:31 PM   #151
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Voted slack because its what I do, and always will, use, but Arch certainly gained a lot of followers this year.

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Old 02-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #152
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Been using Debian for a couple years now and I'm very happy with it. Ubuntu ran me off with their whole "Unity" movement. Ubuntu got insanely slow and unresponsive with the release of 11.04 and the introduction of Unity. Even "Gnome Classic" felt sluggish.

Since moving to Debian I've migrated all my personal machines, including my server, to Debian, and it has been rock solid for me.
Old 02-09-2012, 12:51 AM   #153
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:58 AM   #154
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:15 PM   #155
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Sugar. Always the second position. 2 more votes and Slack would come first!!! Nevermind.
Old 02-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #156
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I'm shocked Ubuntu came in first considering the turd it is. I suppose if you group in Kubuntu and Xubuntu in there, that must have kept it up there.
Old 02-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #157
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Yeah i know, i honestly didn't think it would come first after Unity. I believe Mint, Debian and Arch obtained a good share of original Ubuntu users this year. I gave Kubuntu another go this year but was disappointed to find that the quality of Ubuntu is still the sad disappointment i had when i first began Gnu/Linux last year. On a fresh install, using synaptic to upgrade everything, it broke and was unrepairable; i had to reinstall and once again it broke trying to update; third time round i used apt-get to do the bloody update, and it worked, but by this time i'd had enough of the stupid thing and didn't think it was worth it. i want my os to work, and i'd expect other people to wish much the same which is why i'm baffled to see these results. I don't care if my distribution is popular or not, but i hope that the people who are voting aren't people whom have only tried one distro, and that's it.
Old 02-10-2012, 05:07 AM   #158
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Deja Vu. How many years is it now that Slack has been coming second to Ubuntu? Surprised that Mint hasn't toppled Ubuntu from its top spot. Maybe next year: Slackware number 1, Mint number 2?
Old 02-10-2012, 07:44 AM   #159
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Slackware is not at number 2 actually. It's at place 1 since years.

My guess is that for *ubuntu's as a desktop OS those people too must have voted who had a short stint with it and moved back to other OS's. Not very hard to guess that Ubuntu is what the general mass listen as a desktop OS everywhere.

For Slackware as a *desktop OS, only those people will and must have voted who actually *used* it as a desktop OS forever.

Big difference, hail Slackware.

Old 02-10-2012, 10:24 AM   #160
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Well with only 875 votes it's hard to take it seriously. Certainly not worth over analyzing.
Old 02-11-2012, 10:54 PM   #161
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Its good to see Slackware's response. Even though I use Ubuntu mostly. I come to Linux?'s to get a more balance view. Distrwatch is all about Mint is better than Ubuntu or vice versa.
Old 02-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #162
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I have only used PClinuxOS, did try out Mint for a while but as soon as I tried PClinuxOS have never felt the need to use anything else.
Has worked straight out of the box and everything is kept up to date by Tex and his team. Very happy with this distrib..
Old 08-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #163
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The best distribution

The Distrowatch indications (download indications) reflect only the fact that the majority of linux down-loaders are English speaking.
Suse, in Europe, has a very major following. There are Russian distributions that also have a very major following. Some of them surpass the number one and two ratings from the posted bar charts.
Old 08-28-2012, 12:26 AM   #164
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Originally Posted by Lsatenstein View Post
The Distrowatch indications (download indications) reflect only the fact that the majority of linux down-loaders are English speaking.
Suse, in Europe, has a very major following. There are Russian distributions that also have a very major following. Some of them surpass the number one and two ratings from the posted bar charts.
Agreed. Also, this poll is somewhat rigged and biased since not all distros are here (e.g. Where is Zenwalk?) and you can also see that Xmms (Gtk+1 application which its development is in a halt since 2004) appears in the Audio Media Player Application of the Year but, apparently, you will not see IHU (a Qt3 application which its development is in a halt since 2008) - Jeremy, please correct me if I am wrong.

IHU requires no account registration. It needs merely three thing:
* GNU/Linux (It is not compatible with Windows sound system, yet)
* Itself (IHU)
* IP address (Internet access)

I had an stable call which ended by a human (not power outage or something else) and that has lasted for more than fifty four (54) hours. I was in Amman Jordan (very slow internet connection) and the other peer was in Canada. It was because of SPEEX (used by many open source VoIP software) that has made this call possible with the slow connection that I have used then.
This is a VoIP application of the past and of the future.
This must be spread.


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