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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 01-23-2019, 12:49 AM   #61
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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Linux Mint + Cinnamon on my desktop.

Debian + Cinnamon on my laptop.
Old 01-23-2019, 01:07 AM   #62
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@Knightron Addendum: I just found out "You just have to do a regular "sudo zypper dup"" isn't exactly enough. Better use "sudo zypper --verbose --no-allow-vendor-change". For more informations see these (entire!) threads:


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Old 01-23-2019, 01:16 AM   #63
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Thumbs up I vote for MX Linux

First of all it's a very stable Linux Distro, based upon Debian Stable;
Second of all, it lets the user the choice where to get the Applications from (Sources List)
And as third it's beautiful with a lot of own customized MX tools ;-)
Old 01-23-2019, 01:36 AM   #64
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Originally Posted by zeebra View Post
This is a good distro, I used it for several years alongside some others. As far as I know it is even systemD free. It's like a Mageia without systemD. I generally like it, but it is not as stable as I would like it to be. Over time and with use and updates, some things generally become less stable than I would like, and some weird things might appear. This is why I switched to Megeia. I think I used PCLinuxOS in the transition period between Mandriva and Mageia.
In the Olden Days, I liked Mandrake. When I went looking for a current distro... funny thing, every one I liked well enough to seriously consider as an everyday OS was a Mandrake descendant. After PCLOS, Mageia might be my next choice (works well, but performance isn't so good on my old hardware). About 18 months on, PCLOS has been very stable, but of course we'll see over time. And yes, no systemD, tho I'm not sure what I'd see different out here in userland.

I also like Puppy (Wary) but nowadays only use it as a boot/recovery disk.
Old 01-23-2019, 02:14 AM   #65
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Location: Frog's Land
Distribution: Debian
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Hi! I vote Debian as it doesn't disappoint me since years,
but I had to say that this year have been using SparkyLinux that is basically Debian plus some extra packages
and if that doesn't seems to be very usefull for old mates,
it could be fine for beginners.

Best regards!
Old 01-23-2019, 05:48 AM   #66
Registered: Jun 2008
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04, Unity & Gnome-shell
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Ubuntu all the way. Works well; does almost everything. The 18.10 version even looks nice; first time I didn't change the icons or desktop. Mint (cinnamon) would be my second choice. MX Linux is quite good as well and is great as a light distro.

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Old 01-23-2019, 08:25 AM   #67
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Location: KY
Distribution: *currently* Debian 9 w/Cinnamon
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I haven't been distro shopping/testing in some time, but this year the LINUX bug hit me like a ton of bricks! So I've been shopping/testing (playing really), and I was quite impressed with Linux Lite (4.2, I think)! It was lean and polished! It had some great features, I've been trying to convert some more Windoze users..and Linux Lite has potential. I started with Mandrake Linux 6.0!! I actually bought it on CD, it was a $1.99!! I remember telling folks, I got a whole OS for $1.99!! LOL (I think that was kernel 2.2?) It was great!! I believe Mr "Mandrake" Duval is making an OS for a phone, EELO! Which is something I'll be looking at closely, no Google, secure, and private! It wasn't too long after starting with Mandrake, that I discovered Linux Questions Forum! This forum has helped me so many times in so many ways, thanks Jeremy! Just my 2 cents worth..

-- well I've settled on a combination, that I thought was odd at the time, but turns out, it's working pretty good...back to good old solid Debian 9 and Cinnamon, not a bad combo after all..
Old 01-23-2019, 11:15 AM   #68
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Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Zorin OS ~ This was and is the only distro I'm familiar with. I'm new to Linux and it's a great distro for transitioning from Windows to Linux. I've bought a number of courses now on Linux and once I'm finished with certain projects I have on my plate, I'll jump into those courses. The more I know, the more likely I am to change my mind, but for now, Zorin satisfies everything I need. The creators are also excellent in helping when you're in a jam.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:43 PM   #69
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Location: Norwich CT
Distribution: Ubuntu 9.10
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Ubuntu MATE is the distro I have used since it came out. Before that, I used a PPA to install MATE.

I have tried Fedora, Manjaro, Open SUSE, Mint, and a couple other I can't remember after nearly 11 years.

Ubuntu MATE is, hands down, the best distro I have ever used. It is equally ideal for n00bs, and power users. Everybody I have showed it to has been greatly impressed.

With its Software Boutique, its ability to make it look like Windows (Redmond), OSX (Cupertino), and Unity (Mutiny) (WHY?), it gives the lucky user just one of the many ways it can be configured.

Anyone who used Ubuntu before 10.10 will feel right at home. I love it, for one of many reasons, because I HATE big program icons. But if I somehow wanted them, I, and everybody else, can get them.

As a Unity and especially GNOME 3 hater, I couldn't be happier with this wonderful distro.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:39 PM   #70
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Where is Robolinux?
Old 01-23-2019, 04:01 PM   #71
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The easy way into Arch Linux and a rolling release.
Old 01-23-2019, 08:46 PM   #72
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I voted for Linux Mint. That is the distro that I used for all of 2018. Oddly enough, I just switched to Fedora. I really like Fedora but getting all of the codecs to work is too time consuming.
Old 01-24-2019, 04:54 AM   #73
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The beauty and simplicity of ArchoLinux won me over.
Old 01-26-2019, 04:22 PM   #74
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MX Linux
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:30 AM   #75
Registered: Oct 2017
Location: nonsystemd-land
Distribution: Obarun
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Blog Entries: 1

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There are 4 (that I know of) arch based distributions that don't use systemd (artix, obarun, hyperbola, parabola) and none of them listed.


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