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View Poll Results: How Many Linux Distributions Do You Try Per Year?
1 28 19.18%
2 18 12.33%
3 21 14.38%
4 11 7.53%
5 9 6.16%
6-10 15 10.27%
11+ 12 8.22%
Zero 32 21.92%
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:27 AM   #46
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I am certain that it is over 20 to evaluate and examine how they behave running from USB. I give preference to low resource use, fast performance, good reviews, and unique characteristics.

http://www.gooplusplus.com/multiboot-collections/

Each year I create a few USB (mostly Linux) multiboot collections. The next ones for 2015 will probably be available in May.

Some of those I will likely be evaluating for the next YUMI-based USB multiboot releases

NeptuneOS, KaOS, Zorin, UberStudent, Porteus, Semplice, Puppy, Quirky,
Bodhi, Simplicity, OpenElec, KXStudio, Centos, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Mint, Ubuntu

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Old 03-19-2015, 09:07 PM   #47
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Based on feedback in this thread, the official LQ polls continue. Next up, How Many New Linux Distributions Do You Try Per Year?

--jeremy
Whatever is new from Fedora/Centos/Suse/Mint I am not comfortable about testing Ubuntu. It is a distro that did not appeal to me. Perhaps its because I am more familiar with the ones I mentioned.
 
Old 03-20-2015, 10:09 AM   #48
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I have a couple that I use all the time but do a lot of "shopping". But trying a distro more often than not means loading it on VM, playing a couple minutes, saying "that sucks" and dumping it. I'm not that tolerant. . .any hoop to jump thru, bloat or someting that doesn't work and I'm gone.
 
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:26 AM   #49
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Hi,

I am a long term Slackware user and rely on it heavily. I do use other Gnu/Linux but mostly LiveCD/DVD diagnostic tools for trouble-shooting & diagnostics. Most come from this section; Tools, Recovery, Diagnostic, Emergency of SlackwareŽ-Links

One needs the right tools today in order to help clients with different problems. Diagnosis is a art and one must use available tools to help with diagnosis in the shortest time since time is money to a client. I still use some online tools to help diagnose Microsoft based machines. I no longer actively advertise my availability, most work comes from clients that recommend me. I am now retired and enjoy that luxury. Occasional work helps to keep my mind active. Most times I am working in my LAB at the electronics bench or performing my duties here at LQ. I have been doing more ARM work of late and I enjoy learning and using my experiences with control technology.
Use it or lose it!

 
Old 03-21-2015, 12:00 PM   #50
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I have a couple that I use all the time but do a lot of "shopping". But trying a distro more often than not means loading it on VM, playing a couple minutes, saying "that sucks" and dumping it. I'm not that tolerant. . .any hoop to jump thru, bloat or someting that doesn't work and I'm gone.
I am basically the same but a little more tolerant, if a distro has a decent 'native' (working) DE and lots of app packages, I'll give it a chance, buggy distros with not much software get dumped very quickly. I find if a distro will put up with a lot of fiddling, installing apps, etc while live, it would probably make a decent install. At the risk of sounding cliche, "you only get one chance to make a good impression".
 
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:39 PM   #51
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Installed a different distro for myself in the last year and tried it for a month... wiped it afer deciding to stay with what I've had for the last six years. Tested maybe five distros to use for a referral after Crunchbang's announcement, all of 'em in a VM. I checked "1 distro' as it was for me.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 04:46 PM   #52
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I try maybe one a year in VM, but none of them compare to Slackware... none of them.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 07:55 PM   #53
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After I graduated from Pharmacy school in '92, I took a unix/C++ class that was taught on Solaris. I found Slackware about a year or two later, and never went back. I still use it to this day.
 
Old 04-16-2015, 01:49 PM   #54
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I try to follow the news, world-wide, especially technology field. Also follow the many Linux news sites & distrowatch.com. It's good to keep abreast of the newest Linux/OSS stuff. That's what VM's are for, right? I use Linux personally and at work.
I kept reading about this Linux thing all over the Internet in 2000. Had to see what big deal was. I started with Slackware. I was hooked. Still do piecemeal "rolling" updates to my Slacks-current ever since. Only down when power failure. :-)
 
Old 05-14-2015, 05:36 PM   #55
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I voted Zero(0). I've stuck with Slackware since 2009 and I'm happy with it.
 
Old 08-05-2015, 03:48 AM   #56
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Rather than answering your question, I'm going to insist that you do some work for yourself, then interpret the answers, and then make inferences and adjustments to your figures based on that work before applying them to your final statistics.

Which is to say: I try a new distro every time Slackware updates. Somewhere between 0 and .5 times a year.
 
Old 08-05-2015, 08:58 AM   #57
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From the results, it looks like distro hopping is slowing down, & people are finding their ideal distro quite quickly, that is good.
 
Old 08-19-2015, 11:40 AM   #58
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I agree, less hopping is a good sign

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From the results, it looks like distro hopping is slowing down, & people are finding their ideal distro quite quickly, that is good.
I agree, I am happy to see many people finding a distro they like and then stick with it. I have long thought that when people try out 10+ distros/year and switch their main distro several times/year they are not happy with GNU/Linux in general and are hoping to find the magic distro that will make them happy.

Perhaps I have this view point because I am 'so settled' most of the distro hoppers would call me dead. I migrated from solaris to Linux in the mid 1990's, tried a dozen different distros, found Red Hat and stayed (I had work to do, so hopping was not really a luxury I could enjoy). I hopped again a little when Red Hat -> RHEL and spun off Fedora (2002ish, fedora was unusable for a year or so, so tried/used a half dozen distros), went back to fedora (2003-04) and no more hopping.

The long narrative is to make the point, that like many users, I don't see GNU/Linux as something we simply try out, but rather, the single platform on which we work every day (sadly I still work too much to get to try other distros at all - I let my kids do that for me). I am very happy with fedora and their stance on open-source in general, so I don't hop looking for anything else. Feel free to flame me that slackware or [insert name] is far superior to fedora, but then you have missed my point. That point, is that GNU/Linux has matured to the point that so many people have found a distro (any one) that they feel so strongly about -- and hopefully use as their primary OS (there were times I worried about that future). (REM: I also did not say that I believe all hopping is bad.)

So my answer to the survey: 0 (zero)
 
Old 08-19-2015, 11:57 AM   #59
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Done with distro hopping. I'm getting old
 
Old 08-19-2015, 01:03 PM   #60
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I don't distro-hop but I do like to try things out in VMs and keep abreast of what is going on -- if only so I can better recommend things to others. Also, if another distribution were to end up with Wayland with NVIDIA support, for example, I'd have to install that dual-boot to see how well, or not, things work. Chances are I'd still stay with Debian or migrate to it if/when the feature appeared but who knows?
If I'm ever feeling patient I'll dual-boot Slackware for a while also as I can still see things I like over Debian.

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