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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Antergos 4 0.76%
antiX 7 1.32%
Arch 24 4.54%
Bedrock Linux 1 0.19%
BunsenLabs 2 0.38%
Debian 49 9.26%
Devuan 12 2.27%
elementary OS 3 0.57%
Fedora 37 6.99%
Gentoo 5 0.95%
Linux Lite 2 0.38%
Linux Mint 79 14.93%
Linux Mint Debian Edition 6 1.13%
Mageia 7 1.32%
Manjaro 36 6.81%
MX Linux 39 7.37%
Nanolinux 3 0.57%
NuTyX 0 0%
openSUSE Leap 24 4.54%
openSUSE Tumbleweed 8 1.51%
PClinuxOS 11 2.08%
Peppermint 1 0.19%
Puppy 2 0.38%
Q4OS 0 0%
Salix 2 0.38%
Slackware 76 14.37%
Solus 3 0.57%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 0 0%
Ubuntu 67 12.67%
Void Linux 15 2.84%
Zorin OS 4 0.76%
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:21 PM   #1
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Desktop Distribution of the Year


Which distribution do you think is best suited for a Desktop machine?

--jeremy
 
Old 01-06-2019, 04:49 AM   #2
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I picked MX even though I don't run it. For three reasons:

1. I appreciate what they are doing by keeping systemd out of their default setup.
2. They had two releases this year, so they feel current for 2018's awards.
3. They deserve a mention for rocketing to the number 2 slot in Distrowatch, and are closing in on Manjaro.
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:46 AM   #3
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I've picked the same result every year since the polls started. I'd really love if some other distro stepped up and managed to be better than Debian for me!!
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:42 PM   #4
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I vote for Slackware so that people know it's not dead
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:53 PM   #5
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I vote for Slackware so that people know it's not dead

You know, it's funny that people constantly post asking if Slackware is dead given the shear size of the Slack community on these forums.


I'd wager Slack finishes in the top 3 in this poll again this year (was 3rd last year).
 
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:09 AM   #6
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Yeah, Slackware is very well alive.

It is updated very often. I use it everyday on 4 different machines. Slackware 14.2 running very stably since it was first installed in 2016 on all 4 machines.

I have voted for Slackware every single year since I have been on LQ, and I will continue to do so for a long time.
 
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:25 AM   #7
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Although I moved on to Gentoo, I still have a soft spot for Void...
 
Old 01-08-2019, 07:26 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Linux Mint still my favorite

Linux Mint is my favorite distribution since 2013. It works with a conservative but up-to-date feel. No one is immune to hackers. More than one distribution has been targeted. Mint's dedication to security and responsiveness to its users is excellent. I trust Linux Mint security standards to just a nano-percentage shy of 100%.
 
Old 01-09-2019, 05:47 AM   #9
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Although I havea soft spot for Slackware, I voted Mageia. It has everything!

(except the choice not to use systemD)
 
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:13 AM   #10
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I used to love switching desktops every so often, but when I got busy with other things, I settled on Ubuntu for several reasons, one big one is the Long Term Service version.

Fedora back to Redhat along with Mandrake were my first real breakthroughs in Linux, but Fedora seems set on a 6 month cycle and while I do like Magiea and OpenMandriva ( is it still around?) I kind of appreciated Ubuntu when it started for it's aim to make a desktop Linux that was actually easy to use for regular folks, of which I am one!
 
Old 01-09-2019, 11:20 AM   #11
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I'm glad openSUSE tumbleweed made it into the polls this time. For me it just works great (for about 3 years now). It does not plague its user with bleeding edge woes .
 
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:26 AM   #12
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Peppermint is and has been my favorite for several years now. It's fast, stable and very easy to customize. It doesn't ship with a lot of applications installed, instead you can load the ones you like. I keep loading other distros in virtualboxes to try them out, but none have checked all the boxes as Peppermint does.
 
Old 01-09-2019, 12:06 PM   #13
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It's interesting how people are making choices regarding what distro they currently use rather than a distro which they feel has had a promising year or has made significant improvements or efforts in 2018. Still, it's a very subjective poll, I suppose.
 
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:28 PM   #14
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It's interesting how people are making choices regarding what distro they currently use rather than a distro which they feel has had a promising year or has made significant improvements or efforts in 2018. Still, it's a very subjective poll, I suppose.

Well, for most people, if it made enough improvements to be better than what they were using, they would have switched to it, and therefore would have voted for it. The very first post does specifically say "best suited for a Desktop machine", and if you're on a desktop, most likely you're using what you'd think was best suited (with some exceptions, of course).
 
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:33 PM   #15
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Well, for most people, if it made enough improvements to be better than what they were using, they would have switched to it, and therefore would have voted for it. The very first post does specifically say "best suited for a Desktop machine", and if you're on a desktop, most likely you're using what you'd think was best suited (with some exceptions, of course).
I take your point. In my case, I'm impressed with what MX are doing and how far they've come. I wouldn't switch to them since for me there are better distros, but I seriously respect what they do.
 
  


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