Which Linux distribution do you use most frequently?

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Arch Linux
7% (758 votes)
CentOS
2% (219 votes)
Debian
8% (922 votes)
Fedora
8% (879 votes)
Gentoo
4% (457 votes)
Mandriva
6% (626 votes)
MEPIS
2% (172 votes)
Novell/SuSE
12% (1323 votes)
PCLinuxOS
4% (491 votes)
Red Hat
1% (123 votes)
Slackware
4% (432 votes)
Ubuntu (any flavor, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, etc.)
29% (3220 votes)
Yellow Dog Linux
0% (10 votes)
Puppy Linux
2% (184 votes)
Linux Mint
9% (950 votes)
Other (let us know with a comment)
2% (245 votes)
Total votes: 11011

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why i use fedora

Anonymous's picture

Just to make points, i'll list a few:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Overview

* Fedora (+RH) devs work hard on bringing new features in linux. Many of the new features in linux are brought by them. For example the latest features in linux have been developed by fedora/RH devs including but not limited to the NetworkManager, pulseaudio, packagekit,.pulseaudio and many more. Also check http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Red_Hat_contributions
* The openness of fedora is what i really like and wish all the world were so open. By this open i do not mean open-source code, i mean openness of mind, acceptance of others, openness of governance, openness of activities, no hidden agenda.
* The fedora features mention exactly what is there in a new fedora release (many of the things are own contributions). Compare http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/12/FeatureList with http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/910features . I couldn't figure out what different from the previous release apart from firefox 3.5, openoffice 3.1 and ubuntuone.
* Fedora stays closer to upstream and is generally more updated.
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Foundations

As someone put it somewhere on a blog, Fedora is about doing right, Ubuntu is about making things work. Of course you could make things work in short term by a few hacks, but long term working requires doing the right thing (no flaming here) :-)

Why I use Ubuntu

Anonymous's picture

I started my switch from Windows to Ubuntu when I read somewhere that Ubuntu 8.04 supported reliably an inexpensive WLAN card. I acquired the card, installed Ubuntu and was very happy with the performance of an old laptop that had run Windows 98 previously.

Since then I have moved from an exclusively Windows environment to an almost exclusive Ubuntu environment. There have been some technical problems, but I have been able to solve those with the help of various Internet help & support sites.

I like the way Ubuntu works, it seems to have been designed for my needs. I can write my book by using Open Office Writer. It is better at handling long documents than Microsoft Word.

I frequently save articles in PDF format, so PDF printing tools of Linux are essential (although they do not come fully equipped in the Ubuntu distribution).

Since I have to keep things as simple as possible, I have not tried other Linux distributions than Ubuntu.

Who in their right mind

Anonymous's picture

Who in their right mind writes books in a word processor? Word processors are for letters and such. You should be using a document processor, such as LyX. That is where I write all my books, and it's a complete solution that's ridiculously easy to use and makes my books look amazing, without spending a cent. The last book I published using LyX was 123,600+ words and it never became unstable or slowed down at all. When I finished writing the book and editing it, the formatting was already done (by LyX) and I just sent the document to a .pdf file (1 click and 3 seconds), and then uploaded it to my publisher. Word processors are not designed for writing books in. LyX is... and for many other serious writing tasks, as well.

Why i don't use ubuntu

Anonymous's picture

ubuntu isn't a right choice if you wanna go for development side.. its just a newbees' toy !!!

if yu wanna just listen the music and read pdf files then you are wasting the real power of Linux kernel ( NOT UBUNTU - mind well Linux doesn't equals ubuntu! ).

Windows 2000 or even 98 is enough for you.. :-p

I would not really call it a

Anonymous's picture

I would not really call it a newbees' toy.
I use Debian lenny on my workstations (Scientific Development for my job and Audio application in my free time), but I keep Ubuntu on my laptop.

Why? I do need something with a huge repository and a huge forum support. I don't like spending much time setting up my laptop and Ubuntu works fine at first try. Yeah, I don't have the real power of linux, it's slower...I know. But IMHO on a laptop one of these easy distros (Ubuntu, Suse, Mint...) is ok. And I found Ubuntu much more supported than Fedora.

By the way I would never put it on my workstation...

Thank you for your suggestion

Anonymous's picture

Well, I am not interested in going for development, but I still like Ubuntu.

I forgot to mention that what is also nice is that Revolution works fine in Ubuntu (as in other Linux distributions I suppose).

Believe or not, Revolution programming is all development I need to do.

In any case I find it surprising how fond I have gradually grown with Ubuntu. Perhaps it is the pain of technical problems and the uncertainties in searching and installing solutions that ultimately brings joy when problems are solved.

When you work at something, you start to love it. Each reply on this page seems to reflect that.

Which Linux distribution do you use most frequently?

Anonymous's picture

Slackware, since 2003. I began learning Linux with Red Hat and Mandrake in 1999, then moved to Debian for a couple of years. But from June 2003 to now, Slackware has been my "go to" distro. I've had a desktop running Ubuntu from '05-'08 (that box is now deceased) and a 32-bit & a 64-bit laptop with Arch from July '09 until now. Slackware 13 performs almost as fast on a 3-year-old Acer Aspire 3620 as Arch does, while the HP G60 actually performs better with Slackware13 x86_64 than it does with Arch's 64-bit. Having tested openSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, Sabayon and Ubuntu on the exact same machine alongside Slackware and Arch in the last year (for a fair comparison), Slackware still wins hands-down with a close second going to Arch. YMMV.

--Mark Sumter

Fedora 12

Anonymous's picture

I was a long time Debian user, Testing, but I couldn't get my Brother All-In-One printer to work using it. Brother offer .deb & .rpm drivers so I switched to Mandriva and it works, but since using Mandriva 2009.1 & 2010, I keep getting random lockups. I haven't been able to figure out why, so now I'm running Fedora 12 and doesn't have any lockups, neither with Debian. So far, all is well running Fedora with my Brother AIO.

Distribution(s) staying more than a month

Anonymous's picture

I have been using, distro hopping from 2006. Hardly any linux distribution stayed in my system for more than a month. The few which managed to stay above a month I want to mention

The following are the distros which stayed beyond a month.

Debian Squeeze the most powerful (as of now), staying nearly 3 months and I am still using it in my netbook and desktop. Every app in linux is there in their repository and the rest is easily compiled or easily available. Uses very less amount of RAM and UI and app runs faster even in my netbook, not to mention how fast it feels in my desktop which is a core i7. Debian Testing may be the full stop for disto hoppers. I have already tried various kernels (2.6.30, 2.6.32), kernel compiled by myself, liquorix kernel, compiled firefox, used sidux repository kernels, mixed unstable and stable repos, pinned packages, tweaked settings, added multiple desktop environs, ran virtualbox, changed ext3 to ext4, changed ext4 to ext3, installed google chrome, tested all my python/java/gcc stuff and it still running, running without a sweat. Debian does not interfere with what I am doing and it helps me to shape it as I wish, and I don't see any other linux coming near its power as of now

Arch linux nearly 2 months, I want to come back to arch linux, waiting for their next livecd. every app is in their repository or just a pkgbuild away for compilation. Kernel compilation is very easy. Can be easily modified to our tastes. Fastest linux, but only problem is even if something works fine,forces us to the latest version. If Arch maintains a separate stable repository, it will be the ultimate distro. If we still want arch, we can create a local repository and update only from that. Arch requires patience and lots of free time, but it is worth the effort

Fedora which stayed nearly 2 months, but some strange usb problem, strange nvidia card problem, strange intel card problem, strange network problem, some strange strange problem ... and I never settled on Fedora after that. Fedora looks, feels very professional, but again, some strange errors comes as Fedora is the first to try any new software. If the next version of Red hat released and based on latest fedora with all the beta bugs gone, it may stay around for years and will be fun to use

Ubuntu undoubtedly the easiest and stayed easily for a month or two, but again it is not as fast as debian. Especially I feel debian-multimedia packages offer better optimized codecs than medibuntu. Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE forces pulse audio, but debian does not. In Ubuntu karmic it is nearly impossible to remove pulse audio, hey common ubuntu, it is my system, I want to remove pulse audio, I will do it and if you dont allow, there is debian testing!! And all default apps are tightly bound, if you remove one app, ubuntu threatens to remove ubuntu-desktop (though it is a meta package). Mono haters may not want to run it as it comes with all mono runtime and mono apps. For me it is not a problem with mono, it is the pulse audio which made me run away from ubuntu. If next lucid lynx makes pulse audio run as a super user or realtime priority instead of a user spawned process I will want to comeback to ubuntu.

I share some similar experiences

Anonymous's picture

Yeah, some stuff here really sounds familiar!

Currently I stopped at sidux, at it feels that I will stay here for a long time!
You never tried sidux? You use ubuntu and think about that your computer should feel fast and responsive? Get sidux today and you'll be happy :-)

I don't hop that fast from one distro to the next (I have to work in the time between with that computer :-)) So every distro, exept Arch, I tried stayed at least one year on my mashine.

Long time ago I started with mandrake (mandriva now), was at this time "the noob friendliest" distro around. It did his job, I still use linux today!
I switched because the package management system (rpm) don't satisfied me (problems installing newer software etc.). I had several times gentoo systems, for me still one of the greatest distros but I'm just not patient enough to compile all the big apps I like to use (not to mention the time needed for updates...). except that no problems at all, anything is doable and solvable with gentoo.

Thats exactly what makes me feel that gentoo is the perfect solution for every embedded linux solution (not the topic here but related to my work).

I used two years suse linux because it was the first distro that fully supported a laptop I bought new. was ok, but I felt limites at different edges, where you leave the path of the distribution, start a terminal and do it by hand (with the help of a gentoo how-to for example :-)).

Then there was something new, big and "easy": ubuntu. hmm, debian based, good good, suse away, back to apt-get!
the first ubuntu versions I used where great and I was really satisfied with it.
But unfortunately this changed with newer versions, I still recomend ubuntu for new linux users, anything is there out of the box, you have a helpfull comunity for all the new linux user problems. we needed that and ubuntu helped a lot!

then I searched something new for my subnotebook to try, gentoo with E17 was great on it but you don't compile openoffice on a pentium M 1,5 GHz :-)
So I tried sidux, and my years old subnotebook bootet faster and felt much more responsive than my core2 Quad, 2.4 GHz running ubuntu 9.04

I hope the sidux team can hold this high level in the next years.

I started with Ubuntu, moved

Anonymous's picture

I started with Ubuntu, moved on to Slackware and have stayed for the past two years! Ubuntu is like the ice breaker OS if all you had was Windows, but Slackware was the distro that really taught me about linux!

Welcome back from the Dark Side Luke...

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Yea brother. May the Slack be with you! :)

Bradley D. Thornton

Manager Network Services
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+1

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+1

i appricate you....

Anonymous's picture

i am the same 'Anonymous' who wrote the post ' why i don't use ubuntu '

And i appricaiate your efforts.

Fedora + gnome

Anonymous's picture

* works and looks always v. good & beautiful
* clean (I like classic old-style, sharp edges, rather contrast colours)
* stable
* simple
* appearance, desktop adjustment is simple and optimized enough for users
* big and h.q. community/forum: U always find necessary info
* in his repos has all soft that i needed (almoust)
* has normal root account (good to know; though, when needed, I use "su")
* until we have pair: "yum" and NB:"yumex"(for searching) , things are OK
(don't like much new graphical packages manager - yet, let it grow up)
* new releases appear after 6 months- too often, optimal for me is ~12 months,
still can live with it
* with releases all the time goes better
* accustomed to use it (from ms.W98 times), RH6-7-8, Fedora-3,6,9,10

conclusion: Fedora is good for wide scale of different users.

Linux Mint on my desktop, Debian on my server

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Mint is simply Ubuntu done right - more polished and user-friendly. To me, Ubuntu is a great start and I love having access to the rich Debian repositories, but Ubuntu still often feels to me like a beta or release candidate. In contrast, Mint, which trails Ubuntu releases by a month or two, feels more like a finished product.

I feel similarly about the relationship between Mandriva and PCLinuxOS, even though they long ago diverged. PCLinuxOS always felt more like a finished product to me than Mandriva. The reason I prefer Mint over PCLinuxOS is its richer repositories.

For my server, I'm a happy Debian user and have been for years.

Debian Lenny is "The Bee's knees".

Anonymous's picture

When I became Linux aware, it was Corel Linux, but they were snuffed out (bought out and disposed of I guess). I found and liked Mandrake, but they later failed me with a pitiful release, then went bankrupt. Then RedHat rocked for me until they went went subscription, so I did SuSE and was a fan for awhile. I've tried others too but with one of the gaming rigs I built I switched to Debian, being the only one I could get to work. Now with my Intel on-board raid, Debian was the only one (a couple years ago) I could get to work with minimal effort. Overall, Lenny is the best OS I've ever used, I just can't begin praise the team enough, read the wiki.

I've tried lots of distros in

Anonymous's picture

I've tried lots of distros in my nearly five years of free software usage i've had.

I always cared the most about community support, since I'm not in the IT world and I do not know much about the way the OS works.

That was the reason why I always went back to Ubuntu. Right there, where every other distro failed (mostly hardware and wireless support) ubuntu ran perfectly or at least there was an easy how-to guide in the forums.

But never really liked to stay behind in software versions. Just as I was used to in Windows, I wanted every piece of software to be up to date as soon as it was available.

I once tried gentoo but couldn't really figure it out.

Then I started reading more and more news about this KISS distro, that let you set up a linux system however you wanted to do it, had a fast boot and distributed its packages in a rolling realease schedule and in binary form.

I swapped to Arch a year ago and I've been a happy user since then.

A few editable text files control everything in my system, ALL my hardware is detected and configured by default, everything is up to date, at most with a few weeks delay (the kernel being the only package i can recall of), no bugs but my dangerous fingers xD and a load of wiki information and community support.

I only wish every package was completely free software, that would make it invincible.

I'm sure I'll stick to it as long as I don't find some other good rolling release binary distro, but I'm getting impacient about getting some of the FSF recommended distros, such as gNewSense or UTUTO XS.

Nice reading your comments guys!

I'm not an expert by any

Anonymous's picture

I'm not an expert by any means but I have used the following distros: Ubuntu, Debian, Knoppix, Zen Linux, Mint, Puppy, Mepis, DSL, Antix, and Fedora. Out of these I always was drawn to and came back to Mepis for overall installation, customization, and ease of use. I read something a while back calling Mepis "Debian for the masses" and while Debian purists may cringe I see the point. I liked Debian very much when I used it but when something went wrong I struggled at times. Like I said to start I am not an expert on Linux and the command line. I use it but only minimally. Mepis provides many user tools which expedite tasks and functions not always obvious in other systems. In my opinion it is truly a great and underrated distro. For me it provides all of the great things about Debian with some added GUI tools when you want them and a very friendly and supportive community at mepislovers.org

Works out of the box

Anonymous's picture

Mepis was the only one I tried in which everything worked properly immediately after installation. I realize this isn't the case for every person with every possible hardware configuration. That is probably why there are so many differing opinions on what the "best" distro is. A large majority of users, particularly beginners will use what works right out of the box. Mepsis for me was the first distro that ever did that. Ubuntu seems to be doing this very well now compared to when I first tried it years ago and that combined with their snowballing exponential popularity seems to be making them the most widely used distro by a landslide.

openSuSE

Anonymous's picture

SuSE is elegant, efficient and stable. All my favorite graphics and writing software runs perfectly, and I enjoy its sleek aesthetics. SuSE needs to shake off its business shackles and show the wider community what it can do! - Helen South, About.com Guide to Drawing/Sketching

openSUSE

Anonymous's picture

I use openSUSE because I want a "power" distro, but one that doesn't make me configure everything by hand. That combined with the vast amount of easily installed software from the openSUSE Build Service, and the awesome power of SuseStudio to make your own custom distro, means that I'll be sticking with openSUSE for the foreseeable future.

- Chris L.

Why openSUSE

Anonymous's picture

So why keep using openSUSE/SuSE Linux after so many years?

1- One of the best (if not the best) distribution in terms of KDE integration. In addition to the integration with non-KDE apps which provides a smooth user experience, there are several little things tweak that make it attractive to the eyes and give you a feeling of consistence.

2- Package updates are available very fast (KDE SC 4.4.1 was available in the repos before its official announcement).

3- Love the Yast control system, helps a lot to the beginners to have almost all the configuration utilities in one single place.

4- Wide variety of software packages in the repos which makes it suitable for different kind of users.

5- Up to now it has shown good compatibility with hardware were I have installed it (Desktop PCs, Workstations, Laptops and servers).

6- Good community support, and the openSUSE.org site and associates which everyday become better and better.

7- And finally, and most important, because with it I have a lot fun :D.

If you are not using it yet, it's worth giving a try

regards,

jaom7

Ubuntu Linux 9.10

Anonymous's picture

Ubuntu Linux because it's simple, easy to configure, and I am comfortable with the Debian base allowing me to use .deb files for times where I don't feel like spending one+ hours trying to configure tar balls because I don't have the dependencies. I also like just using sudo apt-get for my other stuff.

Also, having a system that, by default, has Ruby an Python interpreters installed makes it easy to program and share my scripts with friends.

Arch & CentOS

Anonymous's picture

At work it's Arch for my development box, and customized CentOS for testing and production boxes. We also have some RHEL licenses.

At home it's Arch, but I evaluate other distros every year or so. Special purpose distros, especially Puppy (Macpup) get occasional but consistent use.

Installs per download

Anonymous's picture

As I said above, we use CentOS primarily for production. Server-oriented distros (CentOS, RHEL, SUSE) probably have a much, much higher install per download ratio than others (Arch, Ubuntu).

We're running somewhere around 800 VMs and 3000 physical servers from a handful of CentOS downloads. Ubuntu (or Arch) probably averages more than 1 install per download, but the ratio is much, much smaller.

Sabayon Linux

Anonymous's picture

I use Sabayon Linux, which is a derivative of Gentoo only better. Sabayon is a highly polished distribution that comes with multimedia codecs and web plugins preconfigured. Sabayon can use Gentoo's native sources based Portage/emerge package manager, or users can quickly and easily add software via Sabayon's own custom Entropy/equo binary package repository. Sabayon is fast, stable, and highly configurable. Sabayon is also a "rolling" distribution which means users can install once and keep it up to date continuously.

Thanks

Anonymous's picture

I'll definitely install.

Linux distribution i use

Anonymous's picture

Scientific Linux

on a server or at

Anonymous's picture

on a server or at home?

Scientific Linux is just RHEL with some slight changes making it perfect for a university/research cluster. I guess if you are running programs on a RHEL cluster constantly and you want to make sure every package is compatible, you could run it at home.

What Else?

Anonymous's picture

Slackware, baby!

~V.T. Eric Layton

What Else?

Anonymous's picture

Glad to hear... myself - I can't live without it!

- Bradley

My use of Linux

Anonymous's picture

I've been using Linux since late 1998, mostly for my home file server and personal workstations. Lately though, I've been buying some gadgets and gizmo's because they either have Linux pre-installed, or Linux can easily be installed. These include: Nokia N800, two Amazon Kindles, Dell Mini-9 Netbook (that came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed), and my wife and my T-Mobile G1 cell phones.

We currently use Linux on five computers in our house, including our file server, both of our main workstations, the notebook we use for ham radio (we're both licensed Amateur Radio operators), and my Netbook.

Debian Rocks!

Anonymous's picture

Debian totally rocks! I started with Ubuntu but I found it too easy. You just install the mp3 codecs and then you are done. I felt that Debian would be more of a challenge and it is. And I like that.
Ubuntu is more buggy, Debian is for me a more stable and I can trust it because of that. Ubuntu is good when I want more updated software but I wish they could make it more stable. I still use Ubuntu but Debian has my heart.

Unix is the first OS I used

Anonymous's picture

Unix is the first OS I started to work with as a young scientist in the 90's. Then Windows 95 came. I used it at office but was never convinced by it. Unix OS was a lot more robust and stable than Windows. Then came Linux. But I really started to work exclusively with Linux (Red Hat) in 2002. Windows was still unreliable. I used Red Hat until version 9 and naturally switched to Fedora Core and then Fedora. I use this OS because of its stability, because it is secure.

My reasons for using (mostly) CentOS on the desktop

Anonymous's picture

I've used many distributions--Slackware, *buntu, Debian, Yellow Dog, and the various "Red Hat family" distros, both as desktops and servers.

Here's why I currently choose CentOS 5 for most of my production desktops.

CentOS 5 just simply, plainly, works. Yes, I know that its KDE 3.5 desktop is considered "outdated". It doesn't have the flash 'n' glitz that some other distros have, true. But you know what? It still does the job! When I'm in the crunch, I don't have time to futz around with the Latest, Greatest Gizmo (TM). I have work to get done. That also means I don't have time for repeated OS upgrades, like with Fedora. Debian and Ubuntu make this much easier, but even there, I've had to reinstall some apps that didn't work right with the new libraries ("DLL's", in Microsoft parlance). CentOS 5's long support cycle virtually eliminates that problem.

I have my father (a definite non-geek) on CentOS 5. This was an upgrade from Windows NT 4.0 a few years back (yes, NT 4.0). All he had to do was get used to KDE. This is just like having to get used to Windows XP, Vista, or 7. So far, he's cruisin' right along without problems.

CentOS 5 doesn't crash. It doesn't hog all my resources. As a recompile of RHEL 5 sources, CentOS automatically works with anything that supports RHEL. Right now, that matters a lot in production environments.

Now, I do have an Ubuntu box that I use for video editing. It's a nice distro that I enjoy using, especially at home. And before Slackware went to KDE4, that was my favorite distribution, bar none.

But at this point, CentOS 5 gets my nod.

--SYG

Why arch ? For me simply because ...

Anonymous's picture

Rolling release : even stable branch up-to-date (at the cost of lower stability but still more stable than needed for me).

No automatic stuff : happy to see the ssh server not running just after installed. I can configure it the way I want before activating it.

Aur : might be dangereous indeed, but you can find very interesting build for almost all your needs (from just installing an unknown software to compile the latest firefox). No need to always add a new ppa path in a source.list.

In fact, not so much things (all those things possible with other distributions) but it seems for me to be better adapted to my way of configuring computers ...

I'm most comfortable with Fedora

Anonymous's picture

I use Fedora on all my desktops, laptops, and my home server, but CentOS for servers at work. I think the main reason I use these is that I am most familiar with how Red Hat does things. I try Ubuntu from time to time, but I always return to Fedora, whose ideology also fits well with me.

I suppose I should try some other distros, since it's been so long since I've really given them a chance. In particular, I often consider trying Mandriva again; the last time I used it for any amount of time it was called Mandrake.

Now that I think about it, I suppose I am also pretty invested in the Fedora community, which means that if I were to switch all my computers to Ubuntu, for example, it would mean a lot more than learning how to configure things with different tools. I'm sure some people like their favourite distro simply because of the way it works and the way the pieces fit together, but I wonder how many people are more dedicated to the community or culture surrounding the distro than the actual Linux distribution product itself.

You got it!

Anonymous's picture

I have been a Fedora fan since core 5 - my first copy was from the 'linux bible' cd on the back of the book. I now run Fedora 11 on all my machines and yellow dog on my G4 server. I think everyone needs to try out all the major distros to get a good feel for things, break it/reinstall it, become comfortable with the CLI for root usage. I love Fedora 's YUM packager it is great. I turn it off when I am out and about and call for updates when at home. I do have to confess, I do have the rest of my family (wife and three kids) on Linux Mint - but that's getting ready to change:)

localGhost

I love Fedora

Anonymous's picture

I'm using Fedora mainly (Ubuntu at the netbook, just for they desktop remix).

Any free software it's OK.

Arch

Anonymous's picture

I prefer a longterm relationship with my distro of choice. Have been around the block a few times and I simply cannot find a good excuse to swap Arch with anything else.

It's the end of distrohopping - lean and fast - hardly any overhead. Very very good Wiki and fantastic forum.

I keep Sidux just to keep track, and KVM virtualised CentOS on the server.

I use

Anonymous's picture

I use Fedora because the 12 release is stable, secure, and fully featured.

Why Spins on Ubuntu and not on others? Sounds Professional.

Anonymous's picture

Interesting poll... Why not include the other distributions Spins like you did with Ubuntu? Trying to reach something favourable to Canonical by going promoting falacious behavior?

Thanks.

My distro

Anonymous's picture

I like rolling distros because i don't have to wait for six months or so to be released another version of the distro. And i like source distros too because you can learn a lot about the Linux system install and functioning.
That's why i use Lunar Linux and as a second option Chakra Linux (a graphic Arch Linux variant).

Which Linux distribution do you use most frequently

Anonymous's picture

Paldo

Paldo is the fastest and most stable Linux distro I have ever tested. It supports the x86 and the x86_64 architectures.

core points:

* simplicity
* purity - packages are only modified if they are broken in new environments
* cutting-edge - only newest technologies gain entrance into paldo
* binaries, although it is a source distribution
* it's compact - all packages are installed as a whole
* LSB and FHS compliance

http://www.paldo.org/index-section-about.html

Trisquel

Anonymous's picture

I'm currently using Trisquel, a completely FS distribution recommended by the FSF.

Linux Mint!

Anonymous's picture

I currently use Linux Mint Helena CE KDE 64bit. Apart from the long name it's a superb distro. Having switched recently from the Mac, I really like the KDE 4 series - I just have to have a little eyecandy for everyday work. Mint once did refuse to mount my home partition, which turned out to be the fault of some Firefox addons, or so the fsck said. But Mint repaired itself by checking and repairing the filesystem, so that was a minor annoyance. Since I am in no way a CLI person, nor do I ever want to be, I am relieved that the usability has drastically improved since I last used Linux years ago (I think it was a SuSE 9.x)

For my audio work I use 64 Studio, the real reason why I switched to Linux. With the realtime kernel, I am able to record at least 24 tracks if necessary (more than I will ever need). And the installation was really painless. After the install everything worked out of the box and I was able to record immediately. You couldn't call my 64 Studio with Fluxbox pretty, but for eyecandy I have my KDE, 64 Studio delivers the audio goodness.

Yes, I am a happy man.

MINT

Anonymous's picture

MINT IS THE BEST

I love Debian

Anonymous's picture

I love Debian. Because I want to see and work with the guts of my operating system, because I like to be in total control of my computing experience. I don't like my hand to be held. I'm not extreme about this. I like user-friendly things as long as they don't get in my way, or cover up what I want to see. Debian makes everything as easy as possible without getting in my way, holding my hand, or hiding the details.

This is also one of my

Anonymous's picture

This is also one of my biggest reason why I like Debian. I've done enough manual configuration with Gentoo and Slackware. Now, I want to use my computer to do work with, not making my computer work so I can finally do my work later. It doesn't hide anything from me either so it's great!

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