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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2012. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 4th.


View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Arch 64 6.52%
Bodhi 12 1.22%
CrunchBang 46 4.68%
Debian 124 12.63%
Fedora 85 8.66%
Fuduntu 13 1.32%
Gentoo 15 1.53%
Linux Mint 159 16.19%
Mageia 16 1.63%
Mandriva 2 0.20%
MEPIS 6 0.61%
openSUSE 39 3.97%
PClinuxOS 6 0.61%
Puppy 8 0.81%
Sabayon 2 0.20%
Salix 9 0.92%
Slackware 202 20.57%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 3 0.31%
Ubuntu 167 17.01%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Chakra 2 0.20%
SolusOS 2 0.20%
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #106
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I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I gave Linux Mint my vote for these reasons 1) The Linux Mint developers listen to their community and do their best to deliver. Hence the Cinnamon Desktop. From my perspective Ubuntu appears to be doing what Microsoft has been doing for years: deciding what their users want. Also with each Ubuntu release they remove functionality. 2) The horrible Unity Desktop. 3) Unlike Ubuntu they do not have a 'One size fits all' outlook regarding the Desktop. A PC is not a laptop, smartphone or a tablet.
Old 01-08-2013, 08:24 AM   #107
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #108
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first post here and Linux user since 2005; I love Arch, Debian and Slack; on my PC I actually run both Arch-Xfce and Slack-KDE 14.0, the latter with KDE 4.9.5 from Alien Bob's repo (and a little OT but I have to say that this last KDE, at least with Slack, is amazingly stable and surprisingly fast, even with effects activated on a not so new machine); that said, if I have to choose, my slight preference goes to Arch, but it's an hard choice...
Old 01-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #109
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Originally Posted by katzuto View Post
...on my PC I actually run both Arch-Xfce and Slack-KDE 14.0...
You may want to give Chakra a try. It's a fork of Arch that was customized and tweaked for KDE.
Old 01-09-2013, 11:45 AM   #110
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Chakra has been added.

Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 AM   #111
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Too late for me (I voted Arch because there was no Chakra choice), but thanks Jeremy!
Old 01-10-2013, 01:10 AM   #112
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I voted Slackware. Honestly, the oldest and most tried and true distro needs more love.
Old 01-10-2013, 02:11 AM   #113
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Normally I stick with Arch here, but all the upgrade issues I've had with systemd have made me not vote for it, even though it's my main OS.

OpenSUSE really impressed me this year, slightly edging out Kubuntu.
Old 01-10-2013, 10:34 AM   #114
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #115
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Originally Posted by n1ne View Post
+1 more for CrunchBang
followed by Salix and Slackware.
Old 01-11-2013, 11:03 AM   #116
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+1 for CrunchBang If you want stable and usable this is the one for you oh and it looks good to!
Old 01-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #117
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Debian has everything I need!
Old 01-12-2013, 02:42 AM   #118
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I would have choosen: AntiX. Because of my old hardware. But it's not on the list. Perhaps it is a good idea to include OS for old computers as a separate category next year?
Old 01-15-2013, 01:42 AM   #119
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For me it will always be Slackware !!!
I recommend Ubuntu, or the lightweight Lubuntu, or Linux Mint to beginners who want to start using Linux.

Why is Zenwalk no longer one of the choices for desktop distro of the year? I know you can not possibly include every distro on the list, but Zenwalk was always among the choices in the last few years if I remember correctly. Zenwalk has always been one of my favorite distros. I am sorry to see that it did not even make the cut for this year's poll.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:06 AM   #120
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And where is SolusOS in the list? Not only is it keeping a sane Gnome 2 desktop available until a suitable replacement is ready, the team is actively developing a Gnome 2 like DE for Gnome 3. Based upon Debian by Ikey Doherty (the Team Leader) SolusOS is stable, lean and a delight to use.


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