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Poll: Definitive: Which Linux distribution do you prefer? (2012 edition) (382 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Linux distribution do you prefer?

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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 19:24

The 2012 edition of the Neowin Linux distribution poll.

#2 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 19:43

When using Linux i prefer Arch

#3 +Majesticmerc


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 19:43

Members of Neowin recommended Arch to me last year, and I never looked back! :)

#4 +fusi0n


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 19:44

any good gudie for installing arch?

#5 mps69



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 19:49

Still using Ubuntu, 10.10 on my desktop and 11.10 on my netbook.

#6 +Majesticmerc


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 20:21

any good gudie for installing arch?

The Arch Wiki is great documentation, the best I've ever found for a Linux distro. There's a whole section on installing the most common things (the OS itself, drivers, GUI, etc). They have a beginners guide for people new to Linux and advanced Linux related stuff

#7 Boo Berry

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 20:23

Arch or Mint, hands down.

#8 Kreuger


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:05

Still using *buntu however I switched from XFCE to LXDE.

#9 alexalex


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:22

Just a tip : Get Linux app for Windows

Get Linux is a brand new program for Windows that provides
download links and additional information for more than one
hundred different Linux distributions. When you start the
portable program for the first time you are presented with a
list of Linux operating systems on the left side. A search
form is available which you can use if you are looking for a
particular distribution.

Each Linux version is displayed with its name, the available
version, desktop version, file size and country of origin.
The description offers a first overview if the selected
Linux distribution....


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#10 Gerowen


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:29

Switched from Ubuntu to Debian when Unity became the default login for Ubuntu because for some reason even the "Classic Gnome" option felt really slow compared to earlier releases, and I didn't want to regress to an earlier version that wouldn't be supported in 6 months, so I made the move to Debian. I love it.

#11 vetsanctified


    Your order is meaningless. My chaos is significant.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:38

Elementary OS. I really think that these guys ideas and implementations for Linux it's the future all Linux distros should embrace.

I urge people to give them a try and get involved, this is how Linux should progress guys.


#12 Growled


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Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:46

I voted Ubuntu. I am using Bodhi Linux, which is based on Ubuntu 10.10 and is using Enlightenment. I love Enlightenment. I have grown to dislike Gnome and Unity and KDE. I don't see myself ever using them again.

#13 +Jack Unterweger

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    in linux i trust

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:14

ubuntu here! i just shot my fedora 16 installation few mins ago. but all i did was trying to install an ati driver for my x1650 card. booted from installation cd aferwards but no option to repair the installation, also i can only install it after having completely deleted the old one.
thats such a no go, i had my small troubles with ubuntu too but i NEVER NEVER NEVER had shot the whole system dead by just installing something wrong.

#14 Hardi



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Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:18


#15 James7


    Fixed tentatively

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 13:05

I was on Ubuntu Gnome 2 for a long time and then went for a few months with Ubuntu Unity. It was okay but rough around the edges. It felt also even more simplified and less configurable than Gnome, and that was not the direction I wanted to go.

Now I am using KDE on Kubuntu and it is awesome. :D