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Desktop Distribution of the Year

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The nominees are:

antiX
Arch
Bedrock Linux
Bodhi
BunsenLabs
Condres OS
Debian
Devuan
elementary OS
Fedora
Gentoo
Linux Lite
Linux Mint
Linux Mint Debian Edition
Mageia
Manjaro
MX Linux
NuTyX
OpenMandriva
openSUSE Leap
openSUSE Tumbleweed
PClinuxOS
Peppermint
Pop!_ OS
Puppy
Slackel
Slackware
Solus
SparkyLinux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Ubuntu
Void Linux
Zorin OS
EndeavourOS

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Old 12-23-2020, 11:11 AM   #1
jeremy
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Desktop Distribution of the Year


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

--jeremy
 
Old 12-24-2020, 01:01 PM   #2
Timothy Miller
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No EndeavourOS?
 
Old 12-24-2020, 01:48 PM   #3
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Since I only have old hardware, I go for .... antiX.
 
Old 12-25-2020, 12:27 PM   #4
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The question is tricky, as always. "Best suited" and "personal preference" are very different things...

So I'll select one that I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole anymore, but I would happily recommend as a good desktop distribution for non-nerds who ask for my opinion: Bodhi. Deal makers: Straightforward installation, (arguably) attractive default desktop, no bleeding-edge software, no outdated security, no terminal tinkering required for basic tasks.
 
Old 12-28-2020, 07:45 AM   #5
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Slackware. I run a few Linux distros and use them for different things, but Slackware is the one I most *like* using. If I had to pick one, it's the one of all of the distros I use that could do everything I want Linux to do, the way I want.

TKS
 
Old 12-28-2020, 08:31 AM   #6
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The question is tricky, as always. "Best suited" and "personal preference" are very different things...
Yep, good point.

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So I'll select one that I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole anymore, but I would happily recommend as a good desktop distribution for non-nerds who ask for my opinion: Bodhi. Deal makers: Straightforward installation, (arguably) attractive default desktop, no bleeding-edge software, no outdated security, no terminal tinkering required for basic tasks.
They are pretty much the deal-makers for me too. While I don't mind using the terminal, one shouldn't have to fiddle around just to be able to do normal everyday tasks when it comes to a normal desktop distro. I also believe that stability is important, as it's a pain when you're in the middle of doing something and some stupid bug decides to put the brakes on it (that's why I stopped using openSUSE). I wouldn't use Fedora as an everyday distro for the same reasons. For me, the optimal mix would be a distro that has up-to-date software, but where it's only stable versions that are included in a default install, along with KDE installed by default. I refuse to use any distro that installs GNOME by default, forget it.
 
Old 12-28-2020, 10:01 AM   #7
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Bodhi uses neither.
 
Old 12-29-2020, 07:17 AM   #8
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Open SUSE and KDE.
But before that Cent OS.
 
Old 12-29-2020, 08:28 AM   #9
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Slackware, naturally. 14.2, a bit old - but so am I. And Current.
 
Old 12-29-2020, 12:20 PM   #10
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Slackware with fluxbox.
 
Old 12-29-2020, 04:50 PM   #11
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Slackware, still rockin'! And more as year goes.
 
Old 12-30-2020, 11:38 AM   #12
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Let me guess: Slackware is going to win again.
You folks should really get your own forum - but yeah, once you slack...
 
Old 12-30-2020, 11:53 AM   #13
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Let me guess: Slackware is going to win again.
We've come 2nd most often...I think.
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You folks should really get your own forum - but yeah, once you slack...
YES!!!
 
Old 12-30-2020, 12:06 PM   #14
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It's puzzling, isn't it. I've always thought of Slackware as a minority interest. Perhaps it's because we are so loyal to our distro. It's the people who can be bothered to actually vote that determine the result.
 
Old 12-30-2020, 12:15 PM   #15
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It's puzzling, isn't it. I've always thought of Slackware as a minority interest.
It is.
If Fedora or Debian didn't have their own Forum and only convened here, guess who'd win come 2nd in the distro poll?
There's nothing puzzling about it.

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