What is your favorite Linux distribution for use on the desktop?

36% (5114 votes)
11% (1617 votes)
9% (1247 votes)
10% (1440 votes)
1% (88 votes)
2% (263 votes)
12% (1753 votes)
8% (1089 votes)
4% (508 votes)
other (please tell us which one in the comments below)
8% (1095 votes)
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Personally, I use dual-boot

Ash's picture

Personally, I use dual-boot with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Ubuntu Studio. I find that for me these are the best distributions, since I deal with a lot of media-oriented projects on a daily basis, as well as securing(or sometimes intruding upon) systems. Ubuntu tends to stand out in it's simplicity and user-friendly interface, which makes it great for everyday use. Backtrack is the distro I use when I need to keep myself really hidden on a network or bypass security at school. Ubuntu Studio is my top distro when I am working with digital art and animation. If you are interested in doing these types of things, then I would definitely recommend this combination of distros, however there are certainly dozens of distros I have not tried that may be even better.

What is your favorite Linux distribution for use on the desktop?

cowlitzron's picture

I switch my vote to Chakra GNU/Linux. Maybe the fastest KDE distro which can be installed from a live CD in under 30 minutes. I used the testing repository to get KDE 4.7 installed, and it has the fastest KDE at running programs that I have seen.

I agree with you I prefer

Anonymous's picture

I agree with you I prefer Chakra so far. I can not wait for Akabei and Shaman 2. Of all distributions I have used I find Chakra to also be the most innovative Distribution I have used.


harpiebanana's picture

Crunchbang is Debian-based with Openbox and a few other minor tweaks. Wonderful operating system.


Jerry McBride's picture

Gentoo... of course!

---- Jerry McBride


Anonymous's picture


Trisquel GNU/Linux

Anonymous's picture

Trisquel GNU/Linux

debian unstable

Anonymous's picture

debian unstable


Jared Weis's picture

FXLinux is my favourite. I wish I could get it from http://www.thinkpenguin.com/. They do support allot of distributions though. Second favourite is Ubuntu.

They sort of do...

Anonymous's picture

If you read further down they do list other as a configuration option in addition to one free distribution (Trisquel) and Ubuntu.

They are trying to support less technical users and freedom simultaneously. It isn't an easy task. What is good about the way they are running things is they ensure free software for all users and this will make it easy for non-technical users to switch to Trisquel some day.

For those who don't know most distributions are not free. They are based on mostly free software. Non-free components create a wide array of problems for Linux / GNU users. In fact many problems exist in Microsoft Windows as a result of this too. Most users don't realise they are contributing to the problems they encounter by purchasing non-free dependent hardware and using non-free software.

The company is trying to make it easy for technical users to support free software. They contribute to the Free Software Foundation, Trisquel, and other projects. They also have a few projects in-house. The have a plug-in for instance which helps users navigate free software problematic sites (like Netflix).

Trisquel is a completely free distribution with almost as much support as Ubuntu. Significantly smaller market share though. It is Ubuntu for the most part without the non-free components and a few critical replacements / minor UI changes.

Unfortunately Trisquel is still slightly more difficult to use than Ubuntu. This is mainly due to the lack of Adobe Flash support. I believe flashvideoreplacer is included and works pretty well for some flash video content.

If you look at some of the peripherals and accessories you will notice they support a long list of the top distributions too. It is also interesting to note that they clearly state the list of compatible distributions is more extensive. Most recent distributions are compatible or will be shortly.


flywheel's picture

I do prefer the flexibility and stability of openSUSE - I run it on my desktop -on my ole laptop, on my home server and I've been alloved to install it on my work PC.

Live long and prosper...

Live long and prosper...

Vector Linux

Anonymous's picture

Simply the best


disi's picture


SLACKWARE forever!!!!

Anonymous's picture

Slackware user since 10.2,I've tried red hat,fedora,mandrake,suse... nothing,maybe is the rpm/yum stuff? Don'know, with Slackware I'm finally at home!


Anonymous's picture

I introduced myself to Linux with Slackware back in the mid-90's. I've been using Slackware regularly on various home PCs since version 10.2 all the way up to Slackware64 13.37 on my new netbook.

desktop distro

bleedingsamurai's picture

I use Gentoo. I love that you really can customize every aspect of the system. And it is fairly simple once you get past the whole compile everything from source part.


Feranija's picture

Long time user of Slackware has become a bit lazy.

WattOS technisch perfect

rijnsma's picture

WattOS is a relatively small Lxde, Openbox powerhouse Linux, and everything !! appears to be right. (Also sound, video with libdvdcss2 and recording of media, which I consider as very important).

I had to get accustomed to Lxde and Openbox after tastes like
'KDE old' and 'Gnome old', it is an other way of thinking, but it's allright with me now.
Very nice, very exact, very fast and very stable and a lárge stock of software (Ubuntu, Debian). WattOS has become an asset for me in less then a week after years of Linux.

The only tiny minus: icons can't be moved on the desktop, but they are working on it I heard, maybe a larger pager?


Ingars's picture


+1 for Gentoo!

Anonymous's picture

+1 for Gentoo!

favorite distro

akbozo's picture

zorin 5 ultimate


scouter389's picture

Gentoo's flexibility and leanness are what I love about it. I keep getting frustrated with all the headaches that the other binary distros give me.


annunaki2k2's picture

Agreed with above comments - a Gnome set-up on Gentoo is the most flexible, up-to-date, stable, and useful desktop I know.

Pity I have to stick with Ubuntu at work...


FJGreer's picture

Largest selection of packages I have ever seen, and I'm running the original install I made in 2005 without ever having to reinstall.


log_null's picture

Perfect merge between power and flexibility.


Anonymous's picture

Fan of the light ubuntu gnewsense


Anonymous's picture

Fan of the light ubuntu gnewsense

Other in Linux Poll

Anonymous's picture

Slackware, baby!

Pardus, definitely. 2011.

Jordan's picture

Pardus, definitely. 2011. Love it!

Me, too... Pardus 2011.1 is

Anonymous's picture

Me, too... Pardus 2011.1 is just perfect. I tried Ubuntu, slackware, mint... Pardus rocks!


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Suleyman's picture

Pardus 2011


epidenimus's picture

Sabayon is great for so many reasons:
Rolling release, all the pros of Gentoo and binary-based, Entropy is a simple and powerful package manager, continual evolution with a belief in stability, excellent hardware recognition and support out of the box, versatility, great 64-32 bit compatibility, helpful but not excessive forums, and the devs have a sense of humor. Perfect for intermediate users like me, for work (GNOME) or home (KDE) use.

Mint is the stuff for converting folks from Windoze. Every time someone brings me their infected laptop running a legacy OS, they have to watch me run Mint on it as a hardware test :). I run it on my personal laptop, too. I might switch to the Debian-based version soon, but I trust those guys to make an easy-to-use base system that just works for most applications.


Tourniquette's picture

Totally agree dude, super fast package manager and overall one of the best rolling release distros out there (probably second to Arch, though I've never wanted to read that much documentation to simply get an OS running). On the flip side though, I don't really like how small some of their software selections are. I know that you "can" choose to use portage, but I'd rather not break my install or compile software. I really wanted to test out Gnome 3, so for now it's openSUSE, but I'm sure that Sabayon will integrate the new desktop beautifully after a few future releases.

Chrome OS

Johann's picture

Chrome OS Linux! You can get it from: getchrome.eu


flywheel's picture

So you voted Gentoo ?

Live long and prosper...


CohibaMan's picture

It's a shame that Slackware isn't on this poll. There is something to be said for a distro that manages to remain relevant for 18 years while offering the closest thing possible to a stable vanilla Linux experience without having to build it from scratch. Slackware easily gets my vote -- nothing is more sane once you "get it."

An honorable mention goes to Arch Linux. I love Arch and firmly believe that it has a bright future -- with Arch I can set up a fully-functional system with anything I could possibly want (and nothing I don't) in under an hour, depending on download times. I consider it near flawless if you're looking to be on the bleeding edge, are okay with things breaking on occasion, and don't really care about the lack of package signing.

I was a little surprised not to see Gentoo/Funtoo on here. I'm not personally a fan but I can understand the appeal. The "meta-distribution" concept is neat but, frankly, I prefer to go with FreeBSD when I want to compile an entire system from scratch -- it's faster and there are far fewer headaches.


stcm's picture

Subject says it all.

#!CrunchBang Linux

TATA_BOX's picture

#!CrunchBang Linux rocks! I use it in my two laptops that are 4 and 5 years old and everything works more than perfect for scientific purposes. I love #!

I'm a solid Ubuntu User in 2 years

Aneka Puding's picture

I'm been using ubuntu for 2 consecutive years!!!
And I just love the way my desktop show. Okay, I may have gave a little problem with gimp, but I survive.

Meet the GIMP

BobSongs's picture

Try some free video tutorials from Meet the GIMP. Hope that helps.

Slackware. Simply the best.

Anonymous's picture

Slackware. Simply the best.

Favorite distribution

AMD's picture

Gentoo (for desktop and server). You just have to use it for a while... I used/tried Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE... but it feels like its not as "yours" as Gentoo feels like. But hey!... that's my opinion :)

Totally agree. It's been

Anonymous's picture

Totally agree. It's been Gentoo for the last 8 years for me.

#! Crunchbang, fast, stable,

Anonymous's picture

#! Crunchbang, fast, stable, modifiable


Joe C.'s picture

Xubuntu... Nice & clean environment!!!

I switched to Xubuntu as a

tgerhard60's picture

I switched to Xubuntu as a change from Puppy 4.2.1, and I am truly enjoying it. It is solid, quick, and reliable on my ancient Dell.

Slackware. It's simple and

Anonymous's picture

Slackware. It's simple and always worked for me.

LMDE, Linux Mint and Crunchbang

Rikardo's picture

I am using Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE in a dual-boot configuration with Linux Mint 9. I moved away from Ubuntu to LM some time ago with no regrets. LMDE is even better...faster, more stable and with continuous rolling updates. I think it works very well as a desktop distribution. On a leaner netbook, I am using Crunchbang, now also Debian-based, with Openbox manager. It is also a very good distro, with a minimalistic and fast Window manager. Debian distros are solid with great community support.

My favorite Distro

Mel's picture

I have to say SuSE, but do a lot of distros and have a history with it Mandrake > Mandriva and Red Hat till Red hat stopped playing the desktop game. Ran a computer club, and still actively test a few chosen distros, but always fall back to SuSE..OOPS, now open SuSE. Some of the Slack, Gentoo, and Arch clones are very interesting.
If I had to choose a *bumtu, it would be Kubuntu or one of the MANY clone such as Trisquel. life is good, Linux rules