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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

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Mint
  5080 votes / 16%
Ubuntu
  9763 votes / 32%
Fedora
  2789 votes / 9%
Mageia
252 votes / 0%
Debian
  4923 votes / 16%
openSUSE
  1269 votes / 4%
Arch
  1836 votes / 6%
Other
  4379 votes / 14%
30291 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

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  • still debian. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 09, 2013 @08:25AM (#44518789)

    due to:
    - stability
    - superior package management
    - ubuntu going the wrong way

  • Re:Gentoo (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 09, 2013 @09:17AM (#44519213)

    There are, in my opinion, three major reasons for Gentoo:

    1. You can customize the programs, and remove dependencies for features you don't need. For example, my Gentoo removes wifi-geolocation support from Firefox.

    2. It's easy to adapt virtually everything using configuration files and (though you don't need it) editing of well documented Python scripts.

    3. "Hardened Gentoo" is the most secure Linux distribution I've ever seen, and I've looked at every single one I have been able to find. Only OpenBSD has a chance of beating it.

    Compiling is not the reason you choose Gentoo, since the performance benefits are negligible. However, if you do wish to compile something for whatever reason, Gentoo does makes it easier.

  • Fedora (Score:5, Informative)

    by Peter H.S. (38077) on Friday August 09, 2013 @09:43AM (#44519497) Homepage

    I really like Fedora. Been using it since FC (and Red Hat before that). I vastly prefer KDE to anything else on the market, and Fedora have good KDE support.

    I find systemd and all its *ctl tools like journalctl f'cking awesome, and superior to the old init and syslog tools.

    Fedora isn't a "hip and cool" distro, but I like Red Hats unwavering FOSS stance, their intense involvement in core Linux technology like the kernel, and I like Fedoras mixture of brand new technology with solid system stability and security patches.

  • Re:phah! (Score:4, Informative)

    by fisted (2295862) on Friday August 09, 2013 @10:30AM (#44520041)
    the difference is, gentoo leads to a maintainable system, while LFS doesn't.
  • Lubuntu (Score:4, Informative)

    by forpeterssake (1411781) on Friday August 09, 2013 @11:53AM (#44521209)
    Not sure if it should be subsumed in the Ubuntu entry, but I'm a very satisfied Lubuntu user. It just works. I never did get into Unity, never liked KDE, and I'm not sure where GNOME is at currently. But LXDE chugs along as a very usable desktop environment that makes older machines run like new. I also like that LXDE and Razor-qt are combining forces, reversing the too-many-projects trend. Lubuntu seems to be a good choice for former Windows users, too, with most menus, buttons, and notifications appearing about where a Windows user is used to seeing them.
  • Re:Other: Android (Score:3, Informative)

    by Typical Slashdotter (2848579) on Friday August 09, 2013 @06:16PM (#44526235)
    This comment is why, long ago, some people insisted it be called GNU/Linux. While Android is technically Linux, it is missing most of the operating system that all of the choices actually in the poll have in common.
  • Mageia (Score:4, Informative)

    by markdavis (642305) on Friday August 09, 2013 @06:32PM (#44526397)

    Surprised Mageia is so low on the poll, especially considering it has been consistently near the top on distrowatch for years.

    Well, whatever. I use several distros (work workstation, servers, embedded, laptop, tablet, home server, home workstation, etc), but the one on my main home workstation machine is Mageia, and I think I like it the best. Seems like the best compromise between power, stability, completeness, ease of use, and support.

    It is nice having choices.

  • Re:Other - CentOS (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 09, 2013 @06:53PM (#44526581)

    Work related and pays the bills, therefore favorite.

    CentOS, for exactly the same reasons, minus the cost.

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