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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
antiX 8 0.88%
Arch 38 4.18%
Bodhi 1 0.11%
Chakra 3 0.33%
CrunchBang 9 0.99%
Debian 83 9.12%
elementary OS 4 0.44%
Fedora 42 4.62%
Funtoo 2 0.22%
Gentoo 10 1.10%
Linux Deepin 2 0.22%
Linux Mint 202 22.20%
Mageia 10 1.10%
Mandriva 0 0%
Manjaro 15 1.65%
MEPIS 1 0.11%
openSUSE 32 3.52%
PClinuxOS 17 1.87%
Puppy 2 0.22%
Sabayon 4 0.44%
Salix 8 0.88%
Slackware 202 22.20%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 2 0.22%
TinyCore 0 0%
Ubuntu 202 22.20%
VectorLinux 0 0%
Zorin OS 1 0.11%
SliTaz 2 0.22%
Korora 0 0%
Calculate 1 0.11%
SolydXK 4 0.44%
Rosa Desktop Fresh 2 0.22%
Peach OSI 1 0.11%
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:58 PM   #61
sbolokanov
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ihatewindows522 View Post
Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand why people use Slackware
Because... we... can... ?

Last edited by sbolokanov; 12-26-2014 at 02:03 PM.
 
Old 12-26-2014, 03:24 PM   #62
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Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand why people use Slackware ...
You would not understand the most patient and complete explanation because it transcends the merely technical and mundane.

The mystery of Slackware is closely coupled to the mystery of sentient being.

Perhaps one day you will attain sentience, and understanding.

Last edited by astrogeek; 12-26-2014 at 03:26 PM.
 
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Old 12-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #63
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Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US( + travel,) Earth( I wish,) END BORDER$!◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
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Spin 420 shoot,,, destroys asteroid geek Debian!

---------- Post added 12-26-14 at 03:04 PM ----------

Good movie tho...

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Old 12-26-2014, 04:35 PM   #64
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Slackware I use for almost everything
 
Old 12-26-2014, 04:41 PM   #65
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Slack kicks butt but not all-around...
 
Old 12-26-2014, 06:10 PM   #66
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Not sure whether it's the best distribution for every desktop user, but for me it's Debian Sid.
 
Old 12-26-2014, 08:17 PM   #67
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PClinuxOS. Porteus (not listed) would be my second choice.
 
Old 12-28-2014, 06:03 PM   #68
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Crunchbang!
I have a non-techie friend who found Mint to be 'challenging' so I switched her to Crunchbang.
Some people just have a tough time with "user friendly" interfaces! :P
 
Old 12-29-2014, 10:45 AM   #69
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I just switched my 16 year old daughter from Windows to Slackware 14.1 with xfce. She absolutely loves it! Her biggest complaint is that I didn't do it a long time ago, and she is amazed at how much faster things work, and how stable it is. Windows crashed a lot - linux never crashes.

Yes, yes, I could probably have put any of several dozen distros on her desktop, but I put Slackware on it because Slackware doesn't get in the way - good for the pro, good for the end user. I've used Debian and Ubuntu (which I abandoned in disgust) and Suse and several other distros, but I always came back to Slackware.
 
Old 12-29-2014, 10:59 AM   #70
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Makes me wonder where the 'sexes' lie in the Distro wars. Male vs Female - which distro is most prevalent for either sex?
 
Old 12-29-2014, 01:45 PM   #71
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I never feel myself without rc.d.
What will Linux be, with systemd?
I'd rather curse and swear,
with my crappy Slackware,
than let your "init" system, control and hide from me.
 
Old 01-02-2015, 03:17 AM   #72
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SLED should be perfect for office users.
 
Old 01-02-2015, 03:22 AM   #73
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Makes me wonder where the 'sexes' lie in the Distro wars. Male vs Female - which distro is most prevalent for either sex?
you can try Ubuntus
 
Old 01-02-2015, 04:31 AM   #74
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Wink

Hi Folks!
Must have another go with Slackware - it just hasn't clicked for us in the past.
Slax, ummm.. maybe, but... dunno.
Similar with Arch - we successfully built Arch with LXDE for the Raspberry Pi in the midst of the systemd transition when the docs were out of sync, and it worked OK (eventually) but no love grew.
Expected more, somehow - must be doing it wrong.

SuSE 10 used to be *the* distro of choice when it was new and shiny, but the package mungler ate our nVidia drivers once too often (which we needed for OpenGL CAD, for work), so the early 'buntus then became our default; Xubuntu was a good compromise, Ubuntu Netbook Remix was excellent on our cheap hardware, and then Unity crashed it all for us bigtime.
Four out of six machines would no longer boot reliably, and besides I'd tasted Geubuntu/OpenGeu before it ceased.
Linux Mint was popular for a bit, but LMDE had irregular update problems on our systems, and the excellent Mint FLuxbox CE just ceased to exist. Understand that Mint 17 is top notch now, but lack long term experience of it, and Cinnamon is just, umm... nice? No deep passion felt for it here - ymmv, of course!
Similarly Debian feels wonderfully worthy, and (unlike others here) I just love the apt tools. Might have been yast/yum which drove me to this!
In between mainstream workplace distros and Knoppix on USB which I use daily, I really love Puppy Linux and SliTaz too. Small really can be beautiful and fun to use.
The truth is, I was something of a distro hopper (who has never got on that well with RPM distros after the SuSE fiascos).
Thought I would stay that way to the grave...

Until Bodhi Linux launched.
Now I hop no more.
It just does it for us, and for (almost) all our posse. The combination of a carefully tweaked Enlightenment desktop backed up by the 'buntu repos has Just Worked for us and for the dozens of others we support since version 1.0.
Running Bodhi alongside Xubuntu LTS on identical hardware both were near-flawless over the first year, but Bodhi would spank Xubuntu on frugal use of memory, response time, desktop options/configurability and ability to generate serious bling if needed. Love XFCE though I do, I greatly prefer the E desktop. It does the job so efficiently, and is a work of art when used wisely.
But the real overall winner must be Gnu/Linux as a whole.
We are so fortunate to have this wonderful array of wond'rous distros to choose from - all thanks to the devs!

Respect to -anyone- who manages to release -any- distro, and to the giants upon whose shoulders we stand.
Looking at you, RMS, Linus and friends. Long may you prosper!
 
Old 01-02-2015, 04:53 PM   #75
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Debian got me out of an Ubuntu disaster when Ubuntu dropped support for one of my old but still in-use graphics cards. The disaster appeared suddenly with a routine software update and resulted in a blank screen, even with a ctl-alt-F1 shell out. Debian still provided support, and I overwrote Ubuntu altogether.
 
  


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