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View Poll Results: Desktop Distribution of the Year
Antergos 0 0%
antiX 6 0.86%
Arch 19 2.73%
Bedrock Linux 1 0.14%
Bodhi 1 0.14%
BunsenLabs 4 0.58%
Debian 94 13.53%
Devuan 9 1.29%
elementary OS 1 0.14%
Fedora 38 5.47%
Gentoo 3 0.43%
Linux Lite 2 0.29%
Linux Mint 97 13.96%
Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 0.43%
Mageia 8 1.15%
Manjaro 50 7.19%
MX Linux 47 6.76%
Nanolinux 0 0%
NuTyX 2 0.29%
OpenMandriva 1 0.14%
openSUSE Leap 20 2.88%
openSUSE Tumbleweed 12 1.73%
PClinuxOS 49 7.05%
Peppermint 1 0.14%
Puppy 0 0%
Slackel 1 0.14%
Slackware 108 15.54%
Solus 2 0.29%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 1 0.14%
Ubuntu 109 15.68%
Void Linux 2 0.29%
Zorin OS 2 0.29%
Pop!_OS 2 0.29%
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:09 PM   #1
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Desktop Distribution of the Year

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

Old 01-02-2020, 09:33 PM   #2
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:50 PM   #3
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Same as i always vote for Pinky...Debian!!
Old 01-03-2020, 05:42 AM   #4
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AntiX - as has been since the demise of #!
Old 01-03-2020, 08:39 AM   #5
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Depends on the use case, mostly...

I'll throw a dice.
Old 01-03-2020, 08:44 AM   #6
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For me it has always been OpenSuse as a "it just works" distro. It has been for anyway, one I can just install and use with very few tweaks.
Old 01-04-2020, 11:01 PM   #7
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Mageia is my main distro but thinking of using Debian more...
Old 01-06-2020, 05:26 PM   #8
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Has to be Ubuntustudio.
Old 01-06-2020, 05:44 PM   #9
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Devuan ascii
Old 01-06-2020, 05:57 PM   #10
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Could do better with drivers but still best overall system

I've used Ubuntu for five years. They could do a much, much better job with video drivers and wireless drivers, like Mint does. It's wrong one should have to get new video cards, new monitors, and new cables, that work with Ubuntu's limited video drivers! But overall I like Ubuntu. It has matured greatly in five years. I like the new desktop layout. The one they used in 2014, you had to install a different disktop and it could destroy your OS. I adjusted the layout so the dock is on the bottom and not the left.

What I most like about Ubuntu, is the ease of working under the hood, that you can't even do with Mint because there are no up to date books and noone will tell you how, and, USALLY, the caliber of the support. Ubuntu's own forums have slipped since five years ago, though. They suddenly seem a wonder of not answering the question you asked, if they answer at all. And, people seem to keep repeating the same bugs I'm reporting, over and over again - for YEARS. They keep saying whatever you're running into is fixed and obviously it is not. They closed the bug report and you have to create a new one, and then you have to jump through fifty hoops to do that. I'm finding I do get my questions answered, just not on Ubuntu's forums.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:20 PM   #12
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I was a Mint fan for many years, but this last year I have been swayed by Peppermint, it just works, on everything. From the slowest Atom single core to my i7 quad core.

I vote for PEPPERMINT.
Old 01-07-2020, 05:24 AM   #13
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Neon is missing
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:11 AM   #15
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This is always a difficult one for me since I tend to consider distros over and above those I use or have ever used.

e.g. Last time I voted MX since I'm impressed with the work they've put in and they've done very well with getting to the top of the DW list.

I also think the pace of development with Mint is great and that they're doing good work with getting newcomers to Linux.

I respect what Devuan are doing, however, there has been no release this year and, as far as I am concerned, their future looks to be somewhat in doubt.

Slackware would be my second choice: even though the pace of development in -current has been furious, there has been no release this year in stable and no indication of when one might arise.

So my vote goes to Debian - having had it back on my desktop for a couple of weeks now, it - I will say the clichéd phrase - "just works", and Buster seems to have ironed out some of the creases that were present in Stretch.

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