Which Linux distribution do you use most frequently?

Arch Linux
4% (328 votes)
4% (288 votes)
10% (824 votes)
9% (727 votes)
4% (314 votes)
5% (383 votes)
1% (93 votes)
5% (424 votes)
2% (159 votes)
Red Hat
2% (188 votes)
3% (200 votes)
Ubuntu (any flavor, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, etc.)
46% (3672 votes)
Yellow Dog Linux
0% (14 votes)
Other (let us know with a comment)
4% (314 votes)
Total votes: 7928


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FreeBSD works for me the

Franz's picture

FreeBSD works for me the best.

No flash, Google Chrome, ATI or 64-bit NVIDIA drivers?

Anonymous's picture



Anonymous's picture

I use something I am sorry to see not mentioned here. What is this something? DAMN SMALL LINUX!!!!! It is the best distro EVER!!! I am 13 years old, and as such will do IT work for my school for free, with the added benefit that I get out of class free. I am soon to have my MCTS certification, and I cannot tell you how much ALWAYS having a copy of DSL with me has helped me. If there are any other users of this wonderful distro, please reply. DSL FTW!!!

You're doing it wrong. gtfo

Anonymous's picture

You're doing it wrong. gtfo


Anonymous's picture

All distributions are the same:
1. Packaged up binaries
2. A stance against closed source binaries
3. No support out of the box for retail DVD's
4. Some support some video / audio formats others don't
5. Drivers for your video card are sub-par compared to a retail Walmart computers
6. ...

See if the developers of these distributions would just focus on the user experience then Linux would have one distribution and one vision.

Debian is too busy worrying about packages for documents, packages for binaries, packages for other packages like source code. Obsessive Compulsive. Slackware is too worried about remaining politically correct with source code authors. Fedora is too worried about patent infringement. Which they basically all are. Ubuntu is nice about spreading the software out but they leave you with a very operational but generic system.

Mandriva and SUSE well... same as same is.

People want 10 things from the expensive toy they bought at Walmart, BestBuy.
1. Surf the net
2. To read and send email
3. Play a few games fast
4. Watch a few videos, DVD's
5. Write a paper
6. Work on some bills
7. Look at Photos off the camera
8. Listen to music
9. Entertain the kids
10. Relax to just playing with the computer

Chances are if you bought a computer at a retail store, it's a laptop and it's an Intel video card.
It runs great with Vista and crap with Linux.

The truth hurts.

So if you want the great experience. You're going to have to:
1. Recompile the kernel for your hardware, Core2 processor/Voluntary Preemption/1000mhz clock/ no tick timer
2. Recompile the font library, libfreetype2 to support subpixel hinting and various other disabled options (apple/microsoft) stuff
3. Compile your own version of Xwindows based on beta code for the i945gm and newer Intel cards
4. Tweak lots of options that should be easier to enable like KMplayer's ability to use flash
5. Download flash and install it because Firefox is too afraid to by default.
6. spend alot of your non free time doing all this crap you hate.

Share the pain is the moto.
Never share the answer.

oh boohoo!

digitalmouse's picture

Anonymous Coward (who I suspect might be a Windows tree-hugger) writes: "...if the developers of these distributions would just focus on the user experience then Linux would have one distribution and one vision..."

What? And take away people's ability to *choose* what flavor that works or appeals to them? Many of these distros *do* focus on the user experience. You just have to understand that everyone's interpretation of 'user experience' is different.

Anonymous Coward babbles: "People want 10 things..."

I do all those things with various flavors of Linux, including using Flash with my Firefox *out of the box* (there are existing supported solutions to do that easily enough). I don't see the problem here. No re-compiling necessary to do *any* of those 10 things. Well, ok, *maybe* number 3, but that is rare now-a-days.


Anonymous's picture

I have used Linux Mint past couple of years. have tried the top 10 but always go back to Mint 64 bit.


tktim's picture

Fedora - Fedora 10 currently. Ubuntu users are great, but Fedora just seems easier to me. Add/Remove Software or Automatic Update System all seem easier. I've tried Ubuntu many times and it's always back to Fedora. Fedora just works and is more up to date. Fedora user working together with Ubuntu / Linux users.

Mint and Sabayon

Anonymous's picture

Mint (works perfectly!) and Sabayon (I like KDE and there is not a amd64 KDE version of Mint).

Suse 11.1 x86_64

Harvey's picture

I have been using Suse since the year 2000 while trying out every Linux distro I could, looking for something that I like better. So far I haven't found anything that suits my use ( day to day computing ) better.
The one thing we all need to remember is LINUX is LINUX and all distros do what they do well, and freedom of choice is what it's about.

If only Penguins could fly.


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Chandra's picture

Sabayon - works great for me and detects everything


Anonymous's picture

trustix 2.2

Arch linux is the best :p of

ndowens's picture

Arch linux is the best :p of course IMHO, fast, up2date, great package manager


Anonymous's picture

I use Zenwalk wich is slackware based

Other: None of the above

Anonymous's picture

I don't currently use any Linux distro.

Maybe you should

Anonymous's picture

Maybe you should give Linux ago you might be pleasantly surprised


Flash858's picture

Ubuntu rocks, as does Mint, but nothing is as flat out cool and useful as Puppy Linux!

Linux Mint

CD's picture

All the way with Mint!!!


Leccy's picture

Mint, Mint, Mint :)


Still Freespire(going to

Jaqian's picture

Still Freespire(going to miss it when I eventually have to upgrade).

My distro of choice is...

Anonymous's picture

Still Xandros

other linux

Anonymous's picture

I use puppy linux. It runs really well on old equipment and at supersonic speeds on current kit.

PCLinuxOS plus

The Doctor's picture

I run PCLinuxOS 2007, plus Windows XP, Ubuntu 9.04, and Windows 7 RC1 in VirtualBox.

Is Mint considered part of Ubuntu?

Bob  Stout's picture

In the process of working on a new book, I managed to crash my primary Linux machine which ran Ubuntu Studio 8.04. Based on some of the research I was doing for the book, when I went to reinstall the OS, I used Mint 6, then added all of the Ubuntu Studio packages I'd been using. Mint is great! I've worked with both the normal GNOME and KDE versions and it just works, period. It's a wonderfully well thought out and executed distribution.

Just for reference, I run Debian on my server, Mepis (dual-booted with Vista) on my laptop, and Puppy (dual booted with WinXP) on my notebook. However, after my experience on my primary Linux desktop machine, I'm planning to replace Mepis on my laptop with Mint as well. Mint's out-of-the-box functionality and hardware detection rival that of Mepis. That it also gives me access to the vast Ubunutu repositories is added incentive.


bikolinux's picture

slackware 12,2 is cool :)


Anonymous's picture

arch all day on everything

Puppy Linux 4.0

Anonymous's picture

Puppy Linux 4.0


Anonymous's picture


Linux Distro

Martin Prior's picture

Dreamlinux and looking at ZenWalk


Anonymous's picture

Linux Mint 7rc1. Everything works.

I hop distros as if there is

Maxime's picture

I hop distros as if there is no tomorrow, but I come always back to Fedora. I like the person Mark Shuttleworth and in due consequence try often Ubuntu. Opensuse is good too but always a bit of hassle with multimedia codecs.
Recently I gave Mint a spin and was quite frankly surprised. It seems nicer and in a way better than Ubuntu?
For no real reason I am a Red Hat fan and so follow always Fedora. Fedora has a beautiful graphical interface and is as good for the desktop as for instance Ubuntu.

OpenSUSE 11.1 + KDE

hapciupalitiq's picture

On my desktop computer I use OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 with KDE. It's stable and easy to configure (thanks to YaST2). I'm trying to stay away from commercial linux distributions (SLED, Mandriva, etc) because it doesn't feel right to use a commercial version of a free software (but this is another discussion). I'm sorry to see here that Ubuntu has 46% and OpenSUSE only 5%. I think OpenSUSE is far more mature and easier to configure than Ubuntu (with a GUI tool, not editing config files by hand). I have nothing against Ubuntu, nor their users, but it's artificial. There are many linux distributions out there alot better than Ubuntu (see Fedora, Debian, Slackware, Gentoo, ...). Anyway, I think that's a matter of taste (rather than technical issues) in choosing the "right" desktop OS.

Why Ubuntu's 46%

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"I'm sorry to see here that Ubuntu has 46% and OpenSUSE only 5%. I think OpenSUSE is far more mature and easier to configure than Ubuntu (with a GUI tool, not editing config files by hand).I'm sorry to see here that Ubuntu has 46% and OpenSUSE only 5%. I think OpenSUSE is far more mature and easier to configure than Ubuntu (with a GUI tool, not editing config files by hand)."

Please don't take it personally when I paraphrase a popular political catchphrase, "It's the repository, stupid!" Debian has long had the richest repositories and some of the best (the best?) package management tools. Ubuntu inherited that tradition and has improved upon it.

BTW, I tend to agree somewhat about configuration. Which is one reason why I recently migrated my primary Linux machine from Ubuntu Studio 8.04 to Mint 6.


KurtM's picture

A version of Crunch Bang for the EEE PC. Best Linux distro I've tried, even better than Ubuntu or Xubuntu.

Linux Mint (Gloria) RC1

Larry's picture

Linux Mint 7 will stop windows 7 in it's tracks!!!! :)


John Fitzpatrick's picture

I use Open SuSE. Every day.

Linux Mint

loyalfan's picture

And why was this wonderful desktop Linux not included in the list? I noticed there are already several votes for it. I use it on my main computer which is my laptop. I also use it for our internal name server.

xandros on asus eee-pc,

marc's picture

xandros on asus eee-pc, pre-installed, do i have a choice?

It's Linux man, you always

Nathan210's picture

It's Linux man, you always have a choice.

Get yourself a usb cd/dvd drive and install eeebuntu, easypeasy, mandriva-one (spring 2008), or any other light distro. Or, study up and make your own distro. I'd make sure to use the Array Kernel that is tailored to the eee pc though.

Your only limitation is your knowledge and imagination. (and I guess your hardware...)

want to change distro on a

Anonymous's picture

want to change distro on a eee pc (or any laptop with no cd/dvd drive)? check out pendrivelinux.com


Gordy's picture

Fedora is my main system.. presently using Fedora 11 Preview

Gentoo All the Way Baby...

canito's picture

Long live RMS and the GNU project.

-btw, my vote went to Gentoo.

Linux Mint is by far the

Anonymous's picture

Linux Mint is by far the best distribution. It has the usable "out of the box" experience and/or you can customize it how you want it. What more do you want?


elint's picture

I'm an RHCE working in a primarily-Windows consulting shop. I handle the handful of RedHat, CentOS, and VMWare ESX servers we support, but the majority of the installs I support are OpenWRT routers (usually running Shorewall firewalls and OpenVPN tunnels from remote stores to a central office).


David Brown's picture

Linux Mint 6 (Felicia)


SamAllen's picture

I only use GNU/Linux distros built with 100% Free Software.

With GLX reintegrated 3D now works, Compiz included.

The Linux distribution I use

Timo's picture

...is Linux Mint.


Anonymous's picture


Well, I use Sidux.

Anonymous's picture

Well, I use Sidux.