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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 02-12-2019, 10:48 AM   #91
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+1 Slackware.
It can be a little bit of work to get it set up exactly how you want it, but once you do it's good forever (essentially forever, at least in the world of break-neck tech updates)
 
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:53 AM   #92
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What a great race for the top three positions - well done to Mint, Slackware and Ubuntu. All three are very good distros indeed, the most interesting fact being that even though Mint and Ubuntu saw major releases in 2018, Slackware hasn't had a major release for over 2.5 years - but that's just testament to its excellence as a distribution and its loyal following.

EDIT: And congratulations to MX for fifth place.

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:00 AM   #93
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That's quite a broad user distribution. I think it would be interesting to chart users against that "linux pedigree" diagram someone did a few years back.

And oh, how I wished it was a ranked poll rather than a Pick One...
 
Old 02-15-2019, 05:41 PM   #94
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Linux Mint FTW!!!!

Linux Mint won—

—and, might I add: not because it's a Windows port/Windows wanna-be; it's a Windows alternative. LM is still Linux and it breathes Linux just as any distro.

What makes it stand out is its ease of use and special catering to the user experience, which is what every desktop maintainer should be looking out for.

Any sucker who claims Mint is trying to be Windows is kidding themselves and has obviously never visited Q4OS before.

Cinnamon carries the same desktop components every other major desktop environment brings. Whether that's a panel, an app menu, or a desktop, it's there.

If people want to make claims about a particular distro catering to Windows users, then you better look at Q4OS w/ TrinityDE and make sure that's what you mention.

It's like how Elementary is an obvious attempt to satisfy MacOS fans.

P.S. - I don't have anything against Q4OS. In fact, I think it's kind of cute. I could install it on my grandpa's machine and he'd be none the wiser, but better off.
 
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:03 AM   #95
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Q4OS is a niche distribution attempting to satisfy those that still like the old KDE 3. If you're unaware KDE 3 was a beloved desktop environment back in the day. After KDE 4 Plasma was introduced, Many people were upset and KDE 3 was forked off into the Trinity Desktop environment in the same way that Gnome 2 in more recent times inspired the fork known as the Mate Desktop Environment.
I think that your assumption that Q4OS is trying to cater to Windows uses is a bit off.
 
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:52 AM   #96
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Q4OS is a niche distribution attempting to satisfy those that still like the old KDE 3. If you're unaware KDE 3 was a beloved desktop environment back in the day. After KDE 4 Plasma was introduced, Many people were upset and KDE 3 was forked off into the Trinity Desktop environment in the same way that Gnome 2 in more recent times inspired the fork known as the Mate Desktop Environment.
I think that your assumption that Q4OS is trying to cater to Windows uses is a bit off.
There are only so many general types of desktop. KDE3, and therefore Trinity, happens to overlap a LOT with Win98/WinXP's type of desktop. If it's 'catering to Windows users' it's a mighty small remaining contingent, because most of 'em have run off to Win10. But for us retrograde types, it sure is nice to have a modern OS with a desktop that is similar enough to WinXP to be comfortable and pleasant. Some of us HATE the ongoing shift toward desktops looking and behaving like overgrown cellphones, and that's why we don't WANT a desktop that 'caters to' Win8/10 users!!
 
Old 02-16-2019, 09:59 AM   #97
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It's like how Elementary is an obvious attempt to satisfy MacOS fans.
I know this is probably the case, and as a power macOS user (since 1986), I probably differ from most users, but I personally find elementary extremely dumbed-down, with even less options than macOS.
 
Old 02-16-2019, 11:01 AM   #98
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Well, why shouldn't a DE try to cater to happy users of other OSs? At least if you want to attract 'em, not scare 'em off.

While we're speaking of how linux DEs resemble Other OS desktops... Puppy with JWM always comically reminds me of Windows 3.1.
 
Old 02-17-2019, 01:19 PM   #99
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Q4OS is a niche distribution attempting to satisfy those that still like the old KDE 3. If you're unaware KDE 3 was a beloved desktop environment back in the day. After KDE 4 Plasma was introduced, Many people were upset and KDE 3 was forked off into the Trinity Desktop environment in the same way that Gnome 2 in more recent times inspired the fork known as the Mate Desktop Environment.
I think that your assumption that Q4OS is trying to cater to Windows uses is a bit off.
Eh, we can agree to disagree. I acknowledge that Q4OS is a niche OS, but its utilization of the TrinityDE makes it an obvious forerunner for appearing to attempt at catering to Windows users.

Strictly speaking, and having used both distros, I feel like Q4OS offers the same amount of ease-of-use as other "modern" distros.

The only reason I brought up Q4OS in the first place is because I keep seeing comments in other sites making inaccurate claims about Linux Mint being a Windows-Try-Hard.

The reasons they give differ but most people went as far as to say that the DE was a copycat, which is also false.

Comparing the two, and w/ TrinityDE, Q4OS obviously cater more to the "Windows experience" more then LM just for the fact that it offers itself with TrinityDE whereas LM doesn't.

I guess we can't go as far as to say that either are trying to be such, but looking at it from a UI perspective, I think Q4OS definitely deserves the recognition.
 
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I know this is probably the case, and as a power macOS user (since 1986), I probably differ from most users, but I personally find elementary extremely dumbed-down, with even less options than macOS.
I agree.
 
  


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