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)
Total votes: 14214


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Anonymous's picture

Well, as a long time OpenSuse / Fedora user I have now switched to Ubuntu.
This is because I like Unity, I have been trying Gnome 3, but it feels so unfinished and I never been able to get to like KDE.
So, it's Ubuntu for me ( we ll for now at least ) I'm sure after another 6 months or so, Gnome 3 will be much improved.

Scientific 6

Anonymous's picture

Scientific is about a stable Gnome desktop and more. Support is great and will be for a long time. Much better than Centos or Fedora IMHO.


Anonymous's picture

But i like arch to.


pilat's picture

I like it too for its flexibility and transparency


Anonymous's picture

Aptosid. Great lean mean speedy desktop.


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Johnny boy's picture

One happy Mageia 1 user here.

I have been using Ubuntu and

Daniel Jonsson's picture

I have been using Ubuntu and Mint, but now I'm an Arch user. I love it really much, so I'm unsure if I will ever change distro.

of course you won't. is it

istok's picture

of course you won't. is it the lack of package signing in arch that makes you feel so liberated lol

PCLinuxOS, nothing is easier; nothing is better

Archie's picture

Voted PCLinuxOS. If you haven't tried it, and I've tried every major distro there is, you have not seen anything yet.

Mandriva, the one which

joder666's picture

Mandriva, the one which opened the door for me to the linux world, so far the best for desktops and new users.

Right now i'm trying debian, pinguyos and chakra, the 3 of them doing pretty good so far.
I've tried Opensue and Fedora, pretty good ones, but they feel like windows after installation, empty. Lots of things to configure and in Fedora's case complicate.

Working out of the box is a term i like, especially if i want to convince anybody to turn into linux, with Fedora and Opensuse sadly i don't get that most of the time.

Mandriva is my favorite

VaCi0's picture

Mandriva is my favorite distro


cyberpunkrocker's picture

Just one word: control

Once, ubuntu and mint. Now, PCLOS

Zorklat's picture

Back when WoW was important to me, I mostly ran Ubuntu (normal, Kubuntu, CrunchBang 9.04, Mint, Mint Fluxbox, Mint LXDE), cos it was easy and Wine worked well. I also successfully used Salix (almost Slack), openSUSE, and Sabayon. But eventually I stopped playing WoW. And I discovered I was really tired of the installation and update treadmill. So I went back to the first distro to work for me: PCLinuxOS. They don't do development Wine, which was why I left them for Mint and Ubuntu, but now that I'm no longer playing WoW, that no longer matters.

It's rock solid and it's easy. I don't have to fret about my ignorance of configuration options, I don't have to reinstall because PCLOS is rolling release, and the community is solid. Admittedly, if you install from any ISO but Full Monty DVD, you have to run a script to fix the repo source list (there's a link at the top of every forum page), but after that it is easy as pie. I have Lubuntu 11.04 and CrunchBang 10 installed, but spend well over 90% of my time in PCLOS.


tuxrules's picture

Slackware is my choice. Been using Slackware since version 10 and loving it. It is simple, rock-solid and easy to use. I run it on my server (apache,postfix,dovecot,nfs,samba), desktop, laptop and as mythtv system connected to my TV.

my choice is Elementary OS

Anonymous's picture

my choice is Elementary OS


Slackware user's picture

I've been using Slackware since version 8.0. Slack fits wherever I need!!!

What a shame... I counted only about 10 comments about slackware...


Anonymous's picture

Debian Sid, with just a touch of refinement. Dev team provides just enough buffer between the really bad breakages and the users, and provides useful docs.

Certainly not for everyone.


parnote's picture

PCLinuxOS, of course. It simply works and has the best hardware detection of any Linux distro that I've every tried or used. Texstar and the small group of packagers put together a system that can't be beat.


Mike H (wildman0's picture

I voted for the one I use and support. It just simply works, and works well.
Texstar and Group produce a high quality stable product for its users.


Sabayon, it just works, no

Anonymous's picture

Sabayon, it just works, no config needed. Try it and you'll see....


je.tucker's picture

I've been using Slackware for the past ten years, give or take. I am kind of disappointed that it didn't make the list, but glad to see it getting some love from other posters.


Anonymous's picture



jeruki's picture

Right now im using fedora for job reasons but Mandriva is for me the best for the desktop, funtional, intuitive and beautiful

Pardus Pardus Parduuuusss Hooooo [1]

maidis's picture

I have been using Pardus [2] since I was six. I would recommend Pardus to everyone. Just give a try and see :)

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehkNLgaZR2Y
[2] http://pardus.org.tr/eng/


pm's picture

Based on Mandriva, it inherits MCC from Mandriva and moreover it's really built from the community.

+1 I'm also using Mageia.

Anonymous's picture


I'm also using Mageia. Runs like a champ.


luikki's picture

voted PCLinuxOs, of course...

Linux Mint is the best!

Bart Houkes's picture

For my kids, Mint Katya is the best distro! Easy for kids and grandmothers to play games, do facebook and look movies. Also suitable for myself, using c++ Eclipse and other programming stuff.

I have always used gentoo

ackit's picture

I have always used gentoo linux sense i can remember. I have tried most all others distros threw out playing around with linux , gentoo just seems to be the perfect one for me.


dar's picture

I voted other - Kubuntu. I know some will throw it in with Ubuntu, but the differences are more than cosmetic.
Some have terrible stories of Kubuntu and maybe it doesn't get the love it deserves from it's parent Ubuntu, but I've been using it for a few years now and I find it acceptable for daily use on the desktop (laptop users may have a different experience).
My second choice if I had to switch would be a hard, but I think it would be Mint KDE, followed by Fedora KDE, then openSuse KDE.

Tango Studio

gonk's picture

I tried all the audio distros and Tango Studio is by far the best.


VaryHeavy's picture

Nothing as Mandriva. It's simply the distro with better performance and hardware detection and autoconfiguration I've seen. Also, her Control Center is only liked as the OpenSUSE Control Center.

I agree, FC is good, but the

BobBarker's picture

I agree, FC is good, but the hardware detection and configuration pales in comparison to Mandriva. I was completely floored when everything (wifi, bluetooth, webcam, suspend, volume control, brightness) just worked on my band new netbook. Solid, but gives you the "extra" options in places you wouldn't expect. I really liked the ability to pass iwconfig flags/cmds to the network manager.


Anonymous's picture


why is this not listed?, damn

Anonymous's picture

why is this not listed?, damn hipsters.

also: Slackware too.

Arch Linux: ultra-flexible,

Anonymous's picture

Arch Linux: ultra-flexible, responsive, neat & simple.

Chakra Linux

MS's picture

It's a fork of Archlinux based in KDE. It's simply awesome, it has all the power of Arch with the beauty of KDE.

I went from Slackware to

Anonymous's picture

I went from Slackware to Gentoo. Never looking back. :)


Anonymous's picture

Fedora - a stable and trustworthy platform, with most of the essentials ready-to-go. I abandoned Ubuntu at 9.04 because of unfixed bugs (filesystem frozen write-only, no logs) and all their development effort going into feature-free eye-candy.

It looks like the battle for the desktop future is wide open because both Ubuntu and Gnome have abandoned it in favour of mobile-friendly interfaces, and no major distribution is targeting a keyboard (with or without a mouse) centred interface. I want several applications open, with the ability to freely cut and paste between them.

I am now sticking with an RPM distribution on my desktop and Debian on my laptop, running software that works equally well on both, with all my scripting and development standardized to run unaltered on both.


Fewt's picture

Not that I'm biased, or anything. It's fast, stable, gives great battery life, and gets the job done and gets out of the way.


markc's picture

Archlinux all the way for my own needs but I used to install Kubuntu on other folks desktops and Debian on servers I admin. I will use Archlinux everywhere from now on though as it's by far the best compromise between a binary and source distro with the easiest source package management system.


Anonymous's picture


Crunchbang as well here. It's

Anonymous's picture

Crunchbang as well here. It's just everything a lazy nerd like me needs, it's techy but WORKS. It's also the best Openbox implementation I've ever come across.


koko's picture

I voted as other for kubuntu. Kubuntu is a close relative to Ubuntu but the distinction between desktop choice is important and relevant. I use kde, not gnome or unity, and this was the deciding factor for which distro I chose. To group them together lessens the reason users choose kubuntu instead of Ubuntu.

For about 2 years (4 releases) I installed kubuntu desktop over Ubuntu and I assure you it is different from installing just kubuntu. Not necessarily worse, but definitely not the same experience due to all the gnome apps.

Where next

Charlie's picture

I use ubuntu 10.10 and I like it. I want the menu system of gnome 2 and the window icons on the same side as Windows. Now where do I go? 11.04 is just not right. Mint does not work with compiz properly. Will KDE be the only way out. I am sure I can't be alone with this situation.

You might like to ask which version of the distributions people like as I think this may throw up some interesting results.

Slackware, on everything

vbatts's picture

Slackware Linux, because it has more desktop functionality than I need, and all that I want, without sacrificing the server and development aspects of Linux.

Agreed. Slackware is the most

iGaucho's picture

Agreed. Slackware is the most stable distro I've used and is not bloated like most others. It sticks to the way the original package developers intended things to be.

Agreed. Slackware is the

Anonymous's picture

Agreed. Slackware is the best.


Anonymous's picture