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Poll: The Great OcUK Distro/Derivative Poll VI

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by tolien, Aug 14, 2010.


Take your pick:

  1. Arch Linux

    63 vote(s)
  2. BSD Derivative (FreeBSD, PC-BSD etc.)

    11 vote(s)
  3. CentOS

    36 vote(s)
  4. Crunchbang

    17 vote(s)
  5. Debian

    55 vote(s)
  6. Fedora

    40 vote(s)
  7. Gentoo

    20 vote(s)
  8. Mandriva

    5 vote(s)
  9. MEPIS

    1 vote(s)
  10. Mint

    102 vote(s)
  11. OpenSUSE

    24 vote(s)
  12. PCLinuxOS

    3 vote(s)
  13. Puppy

    12 vote(s)
  14. Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    13 vote(s)
  15. Sabayon

    2 vote(s)
  16. Slackware

    6 vote(s)
  17. SUSE Linux Enterprise (Server or Desktop)

    3 vote(s)
  18. OpenSolaris

    5 vote(s)
  19. Ubuntu (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, NBR)

    234 vote(s)
  20. Other

    16 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. tronath


    Joined: Jan 9, 2008

    Posts: 128

    Debian derivatives are my favorite.. I wouldn't like to use any other package manager than synaptic :p


    Joined: May 29, 2011

    Posts: 54

    Location: Birmingham England.


    I voted for Ubuntu I have installed it 3 times as a dual boot operting system and I used it as my sole operating system for about 3 months, I just dont get it though but something keeps me coming back to it so maybe one day I will "get it", LOL.:D
  3. datalol-jack


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,183

    I'm a recent OpenSUSE convert myself, considering its integration of Zypper, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the trusty apt and the rpm hell in particular which plagued this particular distro in the past.

    Ubuntu and Debian would be my close second, but they are special too, as I cut my teeth on them and they are very good in their own right.

    Not a fan of source oriented distros, at least not for home, personal use as a desktop OS. When I do try them, I spend too much time fiddling and tweaking to the point of mild obsession! Definitely not good when free time is at a premium. :D
  4. evoxaco


    Joined: Apr 16, 2011

    Posts: 7

    Arch linux
  5. shootersam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 9, 2011

    Posts: 1,489

    Location: Nottingham

    Ubuntu, don't like it much anymore though :( Need to get Arch linux
  6. Montala


    Joined: Oct 8, 2005

    Posts: 2,842

    Location: Herefordshire (U.K.)

    Only just 'discovered' this poll, and I am quite suprised at the popularity of Arch Linux, which I have never even heard of before!

    I have had a look at Ubuntu, (which works fine on my Dell netbook) but was under the impression that Mint is very popular at the moment, and as it had just been updated (Mint 12) it is the one I am tempted to try on my new desktop PC.
  7. PermaBanned


    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 16,239

    Location: Newcastle/Aberdeen

    What if we're not talking distros? What if we're talking versions? Sure, Arch is easily the best distro i've used. But the best version has got to be Mint 7. That was the first Linux installation i ever had. I pitted it against Windows 7. And it won.

    It was so polished, so easy to use out of the box. It was the perfect distro for a Windows user. And for the most part updates since then seem to have just removed features and made it harder to use. I mean, the software center could have done with an update. But everything else? I'm not so sure.
  8. .Kencs


    Joined: Oct 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,738

    What is so good about Arch Linux that people keep going on about?
  9. Trofeo


    Joined: Jan 14, 2010

    Posts: 283

    Location: Mid-Wales

    Parted Magic, no? :D
  10. xsistor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 24, 2009

    Posts: 1,549

    Location: London

    How about Linux from Scratch?
  11. PermaBanned


    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 16,239

    Location: Newcastle/Aberdeen

    In the course of about an hour i've managed to remove half the packages that were propping up my system, find decent alternatives to everything that required those packages and find a simple fix for the whole problem anyway. At some point in the next few weeks i think i'll reinstall anyway just to try out those alternatives, that all seem a lot less resource intensive than what i'm currently using, and with a bit of configuration can look just as good/be just as nice to use.

    This stuff is fun :D
  12. Zswizzy


    Joined: Jun 14, 2012

    Posts: 127

    Location: Sheffield

    I used ubuntu to install arch so I voted for both :) Complete linux noob here, Good job I have knowledgable friends @Dru
  13. Mr.Si


    Joined: Jul 31, 2012

    Posts: 11

    Have to say, I really don't like Ubuntu, except for MythBuntu.
    As a general OS, I don't get on with it, Mepis for me (or Fedora 14, new versions are awful).

    To me though, Mepis just works. One of the only Linux distros that worked with my wireless out of the box.
  14. richthomuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 12, 2011

    Posts: 1,914

    Location: Alicante, Es / Wales

    But why would you want to use MythBuntu as a general OS, its designed mainly oo be a media centre OS for MythTV systems.
  15. uvarvu


    Joined: Apr 29, 2004

    Posts: 3,925

    Location: Bath

    I'm running Kubuntu 12.10 at work and Fedora 17 (KDE spin) at home. You can never get enough KDE :)
  16. tm1210


    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 201

    Been trying out a few of the Mint 13 DEs the last few days. I do like XFCE.
  17. darude


    Joined: Oct 30, 2005

    Posts: 198

    Location: Birmingham

    Exactly KDE is fantastic. Kubuntu all the way! Been using it for 6 years.
  18. Reedy


    Joined: Oct 2, 2009

    Posts: 180

    Location: Near Selby

    Yay, ubuntu.

    Preferably without the daft "netbook" interface...
  19. Trollslayer


    Joined: Jan 30, 2011

    Posts: 27

    I tried Mint a month ago but it couldn't find some files for updates so over half of them failed.
  20. Audigex

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 3, 2009

    Posts: 2,233

    CentOS at work because of the RedHat/security/enterprise idea. I agree that it seems more locked-down by default than Debian etc, and the lack of installed packages makes it nice and compact and leaves less potential entrances. It also makes it a bit more of a pain, though.

    Debian or Ubuntu when given the choice myself - I'm not sure why, it just seems to agree with me better than CentOS. CentOS doesn't do anything wrong, I just don't click with it - it does things I'm not expecting whereas Debian seems to make more sense.

    I'm going to try Arch at some point, but I've never really got what it's differentiator is meant to be - what does it do that CentOS/Debian/Ubuntu don't? I've tried Mint but never got it working properly, and Knoppix a few years ago as my first linux experiment - but it seems to have dropped away a little now that nearly every Distro has liveCD capability.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013