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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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#16 tenpoundmouse


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Posted 07 January 2012 - 14:41

Started with Ubuntu years ago (had a brief affair with Arch) but have recently fallen for Elementary OS.

#17 W3N4



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Posted 07 January 2012 - 14:58


Aaron Griffin put it very nicely: "If you try to hide the complexity of the system, you'll end up with a more complex system."

#18 Nothing Here

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 15:10

I chose Mint. But, (yup, there's always a but.) I have a very old lappy running Ubuntu Hardy. Yea, I know Hardy is dead, but if you have a choice between XP and Linux, I always choose Linux.

Anyways, my actual prefrence these days would be if I had a system that would run it is Mint 12 with MATE DE as default. As second runners up would be Fedora.

I tried Arch several times, but never cared for it. I used the original Shift Linux and loved it. Was heart broken when it was changed to a new base.


#19 Hell-In-A-Handbasket


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Posted 07 January 2012 - 15:15

Ubuntu, only other distros iv used is MadDog on previous PS3, before I switched to Ubuntu on it, and Mandrake 3 long time ago ( mandrake turned me away from *nix as a whole wasn't until Ubuntu 8 I think that I started Using it again

#20 DJD


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  • OS: Arch Linux

Posted 07 January 2012 - 15:25

Arch is really nice but due to time constraints its just not a viable option for me anymore. I switched from Ubuntu to Arch due to Unity.
But Arch became a bit wonky after time, might have something to do with me not merging config files when asked :shiftyninja:
Anyway I decided to give Ubuntu a spin again and Unity really Improved. And once it starts to annoy me I'll check out Elementary because it has a lot of potential.

So yeah, you guys just have to wait until the end of the year once I have made up my mind :rofl:

#21 DKAngel


    That i cannot own ....I shall destroy

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 15:28

does android count :p

#22 Joey S

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 15:50

Arch Linux. It melds the best of a source distribution like Gentoo with a binary distro. It also has just about every package under the sun in it's AUR.

yaourt -Syu ;)

Aaron Griffin put it very nicely: "If you try to hide the complexity of the system, you'll end up with a more complex system."

That's very true.

#23 ShMaunder



  • Joined: 15-December 06
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 18:21

Rocking Ubuntu with Unity here. Looking forward to the 12.04 release.

Heres my hopes for 2012:
> Wayland gets official graphics vendor support and is included in the 12.10 release.
> Stable version of Compiz 0.9.
> Valve release a preview of its steam client for Linux :p.
> My LibreOffice stops crashing in print preview mode :/

#24 Pekka



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Posted 07 January 2012 - 20:33

Still using a mixture of Debian and FreeBSD here, mainly in a server environment.

#25 Karl L.

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  • OS: Debian Testing

Posted 07 January 2012 - 20:50

I started with Ubuntu years ago, but I have used Debian primarily for a couple of years now. I have Debian Stable (Squeeze) on my laptop (one of the many reasons I love Debian is that it is one of the few distributions that still supports the PowerPC architecture as a primary release target), and Debian Testing (Wheezy) on my more powerful desktop (AMD64, not PPC). If I could vote for another distro, I would go with CentOS because I use it on my server due to its stability, support, and SELinux security policy.

Edit: For me, the best things about Debian are its rolling release repository (testing), stability, insane architecture support, and its repository utilities (Aptitude and Synaptic).

#26 paxa



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Posted 07 January 2012 - 23:40

littleneutrino +1.
for me there's nothing better than arch when using linux for a desktop.
for a server centos no questions asked

#27 Maccy1988



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 23:07

Voted Debian, although could be tempted to give Arch a run this year when I get time.

#28 Mouettus



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 23:55

For those voting out of Ubuntu because of unity, you can still use KDE and I've just installed GNOME on it. With Docky, I find that it completes the experience very well, keeping the ubuntu a right choice for me because of hardware compatibility. The only problem I have is that it won't detect the progressive resolution of my tv. Only interlaced is available. ??

#29 Detection


    Detecting stuff...

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  • OS: 7 SP1 x64

Posted 09 January 2012 - 00:08

Quite enjoying Linuxmint 12 GNOME at the minute, seems much better built than Ubuntu's latest

Flash works full screen out of the box, Ubuntu's was like a slideshow on the same laptop

Multiple format Video files play without having to download extra codecs, I assume they were installed during setup

Only thing I have an issue with is it will not resume from sleep, which is what I always use with my Laptop

#30 MidnightDevil


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:02

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.


I have a question for you.
Since ElementaryOS is based on Ubuntu 10.10, I'm assuming it's using the same ubuntu repositories, correct?
Once you update it, will it change things? I mean, breaking native distro things like the way the enviroment is designed, etc?
Because it's shipped with gnome 2.32, so auto-updates won't get gnome3 installed ?
How does that work ?
Tell me more, I'm downloading it now for it's simplicity, but if it's just another ubuntu based distro i'll eventually stick with Mint.