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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%
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #106
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I use Debian Sid, but I've tried LMDE and IMHO it's easier for the average user, so I voted for Mint.
Old 01-24-2012, 11:51 AM   #107
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I use gentoo , so voting for gentoo.
Old 01-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #108
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My vote goes to Debian. I love how easy it is to build a custom system with the expert install option and I also enjoy the massive repositories. Oh and did I forget to mention how stable Debian is.
Old 02-01-2012, 01:45 AM   #109
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Angry I used to like Ubuntu.

I loved Ubuntu until they decided they had to re-invent all kinds of GUI stuff that worked. Furthermore, Ubuntu doesn't play very nicely with MATE (the Gnome 2 fork), whereas Mint does.

Man, I wish the devs would find something that works and keep improving it, and inoculate themselves from the "reinvent everything" bug. *sigh*
Old 02-01-2012, 04:46 AM   #110
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naturally Slackware..!!

what else???
Old 02-01-2012, 06:28 AM   #111
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Slackware of course...!!!
Old 02-01-2012, 06:34 AM   #112
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Best Desktop

Old 02-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #113
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It Used to be Ubuntu

For years I've been dedicated to Ubuntu - till Unity. No text menus? Are those stupid "ribbony" things really supposed to be better?? Can't put things on the desktop? Can't find anything without way too much searching? Now I have to go find and install Synaptic? It may be fine for tablets (etc) but it's just not there for a high end development platform. All I can say is "What in God's name were they thinking?" Have they never heard the old maxim: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"? They seem to have altered this to "If it ain't broke, then break it so we have something to fix - aren't we cool." Well, since there is no loyalty at Canonical towards extant Ubuntu users, then I don't plan on wasting any of my loyalty on them. It's either Linux mint or arch Linux for me now.
Old 02-01-2012, 10:21 AM   #114
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Arch has definitely become my de-facto desktop distro.
Old 02-01-2012, 01:07 PM   #115
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Arch Linux hands down for me. Though when it comes to the OS I recommend to anyone looking at making the switch from Windows to Linux, I always go with Mint.
Old 02-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #116
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #117
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and Debian!
Old 02-01-2012, 05:07 PM   #118
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I like PCLinuxOS.
Old 02-01-2012, 05:08 PM   #119
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #120
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Honorable mention to aptosid from me, as its both the best implementation of KDE4 i've tried, and it works great on my new sandy bridge thinkpad unlike almost all the other distros i tried.

Ultimately voted for Debian though - it's the whole Linux universe in a single distro. Best package management; best installer; total customization is possible without straying from the official repos. Near perfect.

..oh, and Slackware


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