Which Linux distribution do you prefer? (2015)


Which Linux distribution do you prefer?  

177 members have voted

You do not have permission to vote in this poll, or see the poll results. Please sign in or register to vote in this poll.

Recommended Posts

Lazy8s

I'm giving Opensuse 13.2 a test run at the moment. I'm strictly a self taught user who knows how to google for most answers, and haven't used Linux for a number of years so there's a bit of a learning curve.

 

So far though, it seems incredibly polished and responsive, and easy on the eyes with the dark theme and a decent wallpaper. I'm dual booting on a win8.1 desktop that has an annoying habit of blue screening, which led me to think it may be hardware related, but Opensuse has been stable as a rock.

 

I've also used Mint and Ubuntu over the past couple of months. I like Mint, but Opensuse has my meager vote so far. Ubuntu - nah, I don't like the direction they took with Amazon search and all. easy to fix, but still...

Link to post
Share on other sites
spy beef

openSUSE is hands down the best distro for KDE.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Lazy8s

openSUSE is hands down the best distro for KDE.

I have installed that yet. "Once bitten tiwice shy" applies here as I had major issues with kde in the past and have avoided it, but then again that was several years ago. I'll have to give it a whirl to compare against Gnome regarding user friendliness...I'm sure it's come a long way since then...

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
margrave

I still wonder who bought PearOS?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
SJA

Yum(DNF now), RPM, Rolling Release...etc..therefore Fedora...

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
th3rEsa

As this is in the "Linux / Unix" forum, why is this a Linux-only poll?

(It makes me sad that Slackware is so rarely used, by the way. If I had to use a Linux, it would be this one.)

Link to post
Share on other sites
SoCalRox

I use Xubuntu, but will admit a fondness for openSUSE. It's a bit heavy for the use I generally have (thus, Xubuntu) but I like the feel, and KDE has really gotten to be quite nice. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Mr_Karl_R_Dorman

I like, Netrunner 14.2 because it is an up-to-date Linux OS with the new Firefox browser 40.0.3. It's totally beautiful. :) Thank you, Neowin for letting me post my comment on this forum.

Link to post
Share on other sites
PGHammer

I use Xubuntu, but will admit a fondness for openSUSE. It's a bit heavy for the use I generally have (thus, Xubuntu) but I like the feel, and KDE has really gotten to be quite nice. 

I use Kubuntu (currently 16.10), but will shift back to Sabayon's KDE spin when the bugs are sorted in KDE.  Comparing Kubuntu to Sabayon's KDE spin, Sabayon is actually easier to deploy (which was a shocker, considering that Sabayon itself is closer to Gentoo than Kubuntu) and is more leading edge than a Kubuntu-easy distribution is expected to be.  I called Sabayon "Gentoo without the agony" when I first started using it - and it still fits.

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Tanikion

Tried most of the Ubuntu distros at some point. Settled on Xubuntu mostly because it got me away from the KDE wallet nightmare that was Kubuntu.

Tried CentOS, OpenSuse and Mint. Not tried Arch or Fedora yet but will give it a go at some point.

Just remember: There is always room for just one more virtual machine on your computer, Just use a crowbar and a bigger hammer..

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
SpeedyTheSnail

My signature may be biased but......

Link to post
Share on other sites
Gerowen

As this is in the "Linux / Unix" forum, why is this a Linux-only poll?

(It makes me sad that Slackware is so rarely used, by the way. If I had to use a Linux, it would be this one.)

I remember in college it seemed like Slackware was what a lot of the "real" Linux users ran, but you don't hear much about it these days.  Just went to their website, and I swear it doesn't look like it has been updated since I graduated high school 10 years ago, :p

For me personally, I like Debian/Ubuntu.  I've piddled around with Mandrake/Mandriva, Fedora Core and a bunch of others and just kind of settled in the Debian branch of Linux operating systems.  Ubuntu is easy to use and is probably the best for beginners, but I like how Debian is kind of a stripped down, stable OS with not much done to it in the way of developer customizations.  You're free to customize it how you see fit for the most part, and I feel like the Debian installer has found an excellent balance between expert options and ease of use, whereas the Ubuntu installer, while pretty and easy to use, doesn't give too many customization options.  The biggest bonus is the DEB standard.  3rd party developers don't like having to release their software in a kajillion different formats, and most of the ones that support Linux seem to have settled on the DEB and RPM package formats, I guess because of the success of Debian and Red Hat based operating systems.  Sure I know how to compile software from source, but I also like to actually use my computer to do stuff besides manually creating menu shortcuts, file type associations, adding repositories, etc., and when I can double click a .deb file for a trusted piece of software and have all of that stuff automated, it means I can stop working on the computer and start using the computer to work on other stuff.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Royalty

I'm surprised no one uses Red Hat here. I used to but then I switched to Ubuntu.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...
Unobscured Vision

When Mint switches over to 16.04 Ubuntu as a base I'll go back to that. Likely the KDE flavor, as it should be on Plasma 5.5 or 5.6 by then.

Right now it's Kubuntu 15.04 for me ... for *now*.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Gerowen

For those who want to go TLDR, the short and sweet is this.  I've switched to Debian for the time being and I like it.

Long version

I've been giving Debian 8 a shot for the past couple of weeks on both of our computers (Desktop in the living room that's hooked to the TV and my laptop), and using Gnome 3 on both of them, and I have to say, my previous grievances with Debian 6/7 have been relieved.  I spent about 5 minutes trying to use Gnome 3 in Debian 7 and maybe it was because I didn't really give it a chance, but Steam didn't work properly for me at the time, plenty of the newer software being developed for Debian/Ubuntu was based on newer libraries than what was available, etc.

I made the switch because it was about time for an Ubuntu upgrade anyway (15.10 comes out this month some time), and I normally do clean installs when I upgrade, so I decided to give Debian a try since it's good enough for Ubuntu and so many other projects to be based on.  I've long, ethically at least, preferred Debian over Ubuntu because of Ubuntu's willingness to package non-free software by default without asking, their willingness to, by default, send your Unity search terms to an un-affiliated 3rd party, etc..  However Ubuntu's ease of use and popularity has led me to run that because sometimes it took some work to get certain things going in Debian.  Non-Free software is fine and dandy if you "have" to have it, or if I choose to install it, but I should be the one to bless off on installing it, and it shouldn't be packaged along with the operating system by default since the Linux kernel and GNU tools were built on the principles of software freedom.  Debian 8 has improved on previous releases and in a couple of weeks of using Gnome 3, I've actually grown quite used to it.  It seems more responsive than Unity, at least on my hardware, and I really like the way it handles multiple desktops by including them in the "pan out" view that you get by mousing to the top left or clicking on "Activities".  It came with enough default extensions to make me happy by allowing me to add a classic applications menu, weather widget, Places menu, etc. without having to go hunt stuff down at some place like gnome-look(dot)org.  I have had one or two occasions where the Gnome panel would crash and restart (I didn't have to do it, it did it on its own), but those crashes seem to have been caused by 3rd party applications and not the panel itself because they always happened when running certain applications (Iceweasel was one I believe, they've stopped since switching to Chrome).

I'll probably leave Debian on here for a while unless I start having regular problems with old software versions not working with most 3rd party software, but since Steam tells developers to build their games around Ubuntu 12.04 (released April of 2012), I don't think that will be a problem since most of the 3rd party/non-free stuff I'll be running will come through Steam.  I don't mind compiling software every once and a while if I have to, but when I start having to compile one thing that is a dependency for another thing I have to compile so I can satisfy another dependency for something else I have to compile, I start to get really annoyed.  For the time being though, everything is working great on Debian 8, I've gotten used to Gnome 3 to the point that I actually enjoy using it, and Debian is a little more ethical in their approach to "free" software than the folks at Canonical.

For those who haven't used it, here's a screenshot of my Gnome 3.  When you mouse to the top left corner or click on the "Activities" menu (mine has been replaced with an applications menu but the mouse gesture still works) it basically lays out all of the applications on that desktop in such a way where you can see them all and click on one to focus.  On the right you'll see a list of all desktops in use plus one empty one.  You can drag running applications onto different desktops, and when you close the last application on a desktop and switch to another one, it automatically removes that desktop from the list on the right until you only have the desktops with running applications plus one empty desktop.  You don't have to worry about manually configuring how many desktops you want to have and being OCD about how you've got 2 of them with nothing on them, etc., Gnome 3 manages it all automatically for you, :-)  There's a few other niceties and improvements over my last experience with Gnome 3, such as the option to automatically purge your trash bin and temp files at a set interval, but I'm rambling on now.  I just wanted to share an update since I've been pretty happy with this recent move to Debian 8, :-)

5619b7b3bdda0_Screenshot_from_2015-10-10

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
coolguy80

I'm using Linux solely for some 14 years now. My first distro was RedHat 7.2 and later installed Debian (Woody). Although, I've some early experience with RH 5.x series during Engineering college years. Those were the dialup days, Debian CD's and all must come from uni's or some stores stock these cd's. Have tried many *NIX distro's like Fedora, Arch, Debian derivatives, Gentoo stage-1, FreeBSD etc. RPM or DPKG based distributions are the standard. Back those days, testing with apt-pinning from sid and experimental as well as rebuilding packages occasionally were the activities.

Debian and Ubuntu seems more productive although rolling distros like Arch also attracts many. With Debian, some rough edges are there with some packages which needs to be recompiled/rebuilt to achieve the needed result. Now, I'm using LMDE 2 which is Debian Jessie with mint optimizations on a Intel 330 series SSD. Yes, it's a mix-n-match distro but gets the work done. I hope Linux Mint shifts to Debian/Devuan base from Ubuntu. 

Systemd is a key problem now. The supporters and haters have divided the OSS community, although general users may not be caring for ANY. However, even if systemd can achieve faster boot results, the (unreasonable?) suspicion some of us, old users have in our mind cannot be quelled that easily. This piece of software wants full control of Linux systems.

http://suckless.org/sucks/systemd

http://localghost.org/

Gentoo seems to have alternate mechanisms FTTB with eudev and OpenRC for sysvinit.

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
martin noname

Zorin, because I'm trying to learn after being with windows since 3.1 whatever.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
liamnickelback

Xubuntu really looks like the best choice. Both for power users and beginners.

Link to post
Share on other sites
willi123yao

Depends on how you decide it though. Especially the factors :)

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • zhangm unpinned this topic
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By zikalify
      Linux Mint 20.1 ISOs have been approved for release [Update]
      by Paul Hill



      Following the beta release of Linux Mint 20.1 in mid-December, the stable release has been finalised and approved for release according to the Linux Mint website. While approved, the Linux Mint project has not yet published a blog post about the release or the ISOs but they are expected imminently.

      For those already running Linux Mint 20, the upgrade will be made available via the Update Manager but upgrading won’t be necessary if you’re happy with your existing setup. Like Linux Mint 20, Linux Mint 20.1 will receive security updates until 2025 as they’re both based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, however, it will come with desktop improvements and new apps developed by the Linux Mint project.

      Some of the new apps that will be available include Web Apps which lets your turn your favourite sites into web apps accessible from the app menu and an IPTV program called Hypnotix that’ll come pre-loaded with several freely available channels. For Chromium fans, the Mint team has decided to begin compiling the browser itself without a dependence on Ubuntu’s Snap packaging software.

      In a blog post from the end of December, Linux Mint’s head Clem Lefebvre said that there were still some issues that they wanted to work out before the release and couldn’t give an exact release date. Linux Mint is not known for giving exact release dates so there’s nothing out of the ordinary this time around. In the post, Lefebvre also stated that the team was considering an extra ISO image with the Linux 5.8 kernel to address some AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 issues but this extra ISO has not yet shown up on the Mint website.

      Update: Linux Mint 20.1 has now been released and can be downloaded from linuxmint.com.

    • By News Staff
      Save 95% off this Complete Computer Networking eBook & Video Course Bundle
      by Steven Parker

      Today's highlighted deal comes via our Online Courses section of the Neowin Deals store where you can save 95% off this Complete Computer Networking eBook & Video Course Bundle. Attain systems efficiency & security with 14+ hours of video content and 5 comprehensive e books on DevOps, Programming, AWS, CCNA, and more.



      This bundle consists of the following courses:

      The Ultimate Kubernetes Bootcamp by School of Devops [Video]
      Prepare for the CKA Exam — Master Container Orchestration with Kubernetes One Step at a Time AWS Certified Advanced Networking: Specialty Exam Guide [eBook]
      Build Your Knowledge & Technical Expertise as an AWS-Certified Networking Specialist Hands-On Network Programming with C [eBook]
      Learn Socket Programming in C & Write Secure and Optimized Network Codes Analyzing Network Traffic with Wireshark 2.6 [Video]
      Delve Into Network Traffic & Analyze Individual Protocol Data Units Active Directory Administration Cookbook [eBook]
      Actionable, Proven Solutions to Identity Management & Authentication on Servers and in the Cloud Hands-On PowerShell for Active Directory [Video]
      Use PowerShell for Active Directory to Eliminate Manual Labor with Quick Automation Tasks & Functions Effective Jenkins: Getting Started with Continuous Integration [Video]
      Learn Continuous Integration, Automate Your Jenkins Projects & Get Continuous Feedback for Your Upstream/Downstream Projects Hands-On Kubernetes Networking [Video]
      Unravel the Mystery of Networking in Your Kubernetes Cluster in a Pragmatic Manner CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS: Certification Guide 210-255 [eBook]
      Develop Your Cybersecurity Knowledge to Obtain CyberOps Certification Hands-On Linux for Architects [eBook]
      Design & Implement Linux-Based IT Solutions Good to know
      Updates included Length of time users can access after purchase: lifetime Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase For a full description, specs, and author info please click here.

      Here's the deal:
      This Complete Computer Networking eBook & Video Course Bundle normally costs* $746 but it can be yours for just $29.99 for a limited time, that's a saving of $716.01 (95%) off the price.

      >> Get this deal, or learn more about it here <<
      See all Online Courses on offer. This is a time limited deal.
      Get $1 credit for every $25 spent · Give $10, Get $10 · 10% off for first-time buyers.

      Not for you?
      If this offer doesn't interest you, why not check out the following offers:



      The Win Your Dream 2020 Tesla Model 3 Giveaway Ivacy VPN - 5 year subscription for just $0.99 per month NordVPN - 2 year subscription at up to 68% off +3 months for free! Private Internet Access VPN - subscriptions at up to 71% off Unlocator VPN or SmartDNS - unblock Geoblock with 7-day free trial Subscribe to Neowin - for $14 a year, or $28 a year for Ad-Free experience Disable Sponsored posts · Neowin Deals · Free eBooks · Neowin Store

      Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs.

    • By News Staff
      Pay What You Want for this Complete Linux eBook Bundle
      by Steven Parker

      Today's highlighted offer comes via our Online Courses section of the Neowin Deals store, where for a limited time you can Pay What You Want for the Complete Linux eBook Bundle. The 4-book guide to programming more powerfully and efficiently with Linux.



      How does it work?
      With the Pay What You Want bundles, you can get something incredible for as little as you want to pay. And if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the fully upgraded bundle! Included in this Pay What You Want deal, are the following courses:

      Pay What You Want (as little as $1) for the unlocked eBook:

      Mastering Embedded Linux Programming, Second Edition
      Master the Techniques Needed to Build Great, Efficient Embedded Devices On Linux

      ... and unlock the following eBooks with a bid over the average price:

      Mastering Linux Security & Hardening
      A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing Your Linux System From Getting Compromised

      Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook, Third Edition
      Do Amazing Things with the Linux Shell

      Mastering Linux Shell Scripting, Second Edition
      Master the Complexities of Bash Shell Scripting

      Here's the deal:
      The bundle represents an overall retail value of $160. Pay What You Want for the unlocked courses (as little as $1). Bid the average price or over and you'll take home the entire bundle. Qualify for the giveaway!
      Beat the Leader's price and get entered into the epic giveaway, plus get featured on the leaderboard!

      >> Pay What You Want for this Complete Linux eBook Bundle <<
      See other Pay What You Want deals. This is a time-limited deal.
      Get $1 credit for every $25 spent · Give $10, Get $10 · 10% off for first-time buyers.

      Not for you?
      If this offer doesn't interest you, why not check out the following offers:



      The Win Your Dream 2020 Tesla Model 3 Giveaway Ivacy VPN - 5 year subscription for just $0.99 per month NordVPN - 2 year subscription at up to 68% off +3 months for free! Private Internet Access VPN - subscriptions at up to 71% off Unlocator VPN or SmartDNS - unblock Geoblock with 7-day free trial Subscribe to Neowin - for $14 a year, or $28 a year for Ad-Free experience Disable Sponsored posts · Neowin Deals · Free eBooks · Neowin Store

      Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs.

    • By zikalify
      Linux Mint 20.1 'Ulyssa' beta launches with new programs
      by Paul Hill



      The Linux Mint project has just released the beta for Linux Mint 20.1. The new beta is available in the Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce flavours of Linux Mint and aside from desktop improvements, share the same set of new features.

      Neowin has covered some of Linux Mint’s development updates in recent months and the work that went in then has landed in a more mature form in this beta. Highlights include a new Web Apps tool that lets you turn your favourite sites into web apps accessible from the app menu and IPTV program called Hypnotix has been created and items can be marked as favourites in the file manager on Cinnamon.

      Another change in Linux Mint 20.1, which has been known for quite a while now, is the inclusion of Chromium in the repositories. Chromium had previously been removed from the Linux Mint repositories because the maintainers didn’t like that it had Snap dependencies. The Chromium that is now included is compiled directly by the Mint team and updates will be released in a timely manner.

      As with the other releases in this series, Linux Mint 20.1 will continue to get updates until 2025. Those running Linux Mint 20 will be able to upgrade in a pain-free manner when Linux Mint 20.1 is stable because the base packages will remain the same. Those who choose to download the beta today won’t have to reinstall when the stable version comes out in a few weeks, instead, you just need to make sure you install available updates.

      You can find the three Linux Mint 20.1 beta flavours over on the Evowise mirror which should provide decent download speeds no matter where you are in the world.

    • By zikalify
      Firefox 84 launches with support for Apple Silicon CPUs
      by Paul Hill



      Mozilla has released Firefox 84 with native support for Apple Silicon CPUs. Firefox 83, by contrast, was released just after Apple’s CPU announcement and had to run using Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation software on newer Macs.

      Aside from support for Apple Silicon CPUs, it’s worth mentioning again that Firefox 84 is set to be the last version of Firefox that will include support for Adobe Flash. The plug-in, which has largely been supplanted by HTML5 and Unity, was first released in 1996 and sometimes acted as a security weak point.

      Firefox 84 is a big update in terms of Mozilla’s rollout of WebRender, its Servo rendering architecture. The rollout has been extended to devices running macOS Big Sur, Windows devices with Intel Gen 6 GPUs, and Intel laptops running Windows 7 and 8. Linux users with the GNOME desktop with X11 will also get WebRender switched on in this update but it’s unclear when users of other desktop environments and of Wayland will get the feature switched on.

      The final point worth mentioning also pertains to Linux; Mozilla says it is now using “more modern techniques” for allocating shared memory on Linux which improves overall performance and increases compatibility with Docker.

      Head over to the Firefox website now to grab a fresh copy of the browser or wait for your existing installation to upgrade itself. You can also force the upgrade by going to the Menu button > Help > About Firefox where you should see the update download and eventually offer to restart the browser.