Which Linux distribution do you primarily use on your Linux desktop?

I don't use Linux on my desktop
5% (1174 votes)
13% (3321 votes)
8% (2051 votes)
2% (590 votes)
9% (2404 votes)
Red Hat
3% (881 votes)
5% (1319 votes)
17% (4397 votes)
3% (739 votes)
4% (914 votes)
11% (2886 votes)
1% (235 votes)
19% (4980 votes)
Total votes: 25891
Carlie Fairchild - Thu, 2020-11-18 09:29.

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My favourite distribution

Well, I've been using Linux for more than a year now. Have been doing a bunch of research bumping me from a noob to an advanced user :p. Well, my favourite all time distribution is SuSE. I have it on my desktop and my laptop which I bring to school since I don't trust Windows for mission critical data anyways. I haven't touched Windows for normal usage for months (since Linux got whacky on me). I only use my Windows partition for Gaming only now...


gnutux (not verified) - Tue, 2020-08-09 17:52.

almost alll the same sorce.

I find it funny that most, if not all current distrobutions, have the same software with only minor personal tweeks, which all come from the same SORCE ;^>. yet the package managements between, lets say, RHFidora,Suse,Mandrivia all use .RPM and yet are not interchangeably compatable. but if you compile the sorces by hand and it wont/shouldn't matter. the only diffrence between each distro is how it interacts with the user but with tweeking that can always be changed ;^> .

Slacker (not verified) - Sun, 2020-08-07 02:25.

Linux distributions to new persons -

Dear Folk, 2050806, I have to use Windows for work reasons on my desktop at home. I tried , some while ago to dual boot with Xantos - it distroyed my system and could not be undone, or at that time I had no ability to undo. I reformatted hard discs and reloaded Windows XP and then used Knoppix as my emergency system. However playing with live distros, I came across SLAX. I found it very good and use a reduced version (Slax Pineaple , old version as an emergency disc and travel use for e-mail / browisng with Firefox / Thunderbird. It is an excellent introduction to Linux.
Knoppix is better for hardware selection.

No live distro can find all my hard disc partitions with Windows Norton GoBack active, and I keep it active as it saves a lot of Windows problems.

I feel a need for a very good introdcution to say GRUB and explaination of how to undo any changes, if dual boot goes wrong, to get back to a running a Windows system, (as safety factor is paramount to remove fear in trying Linux). This would be the best way to introduce others to try Linux, before removing windows or co-existing with Windows

Eion MacDonald

ei - mac (not verified) - Sat, 2020-08-06 10:59.


This distro, Ubuntu/Kubuntu, of linux really should have been a part of the selection list. More and more people are turning to this wonderful Debian based distro. This distro is not only for the newbie, but also for the no nonsense high end user. Just set it up and get to work. :)

After using SuSE for a number of years, and prior to that Red Hat and Mandrake versions, this distro has got to be the best yet. The community support is unreal, the package updates are awesome, and you cannot beat the price.. free and will always be so. :)

If one is unsure about linux, or would like a clean change.. try out Ubuntu. :)

SpEcIeS (not verified) - Tue, 2020-08-02 10:39.

Ubuntu ROCKS

I agree 100%....
I lost the rag with Bills products about 2 weeks ago and did the radical thing! I simply deleted, low level formated and just erradicated Windd.... I cannot even write the name.
I now have Ubuntu. I found the best support and help forums for a total nOOb like myself. I've had no problems so far with compatability or apps.
As for games, I decided that CEDEGA was worth the small charge and hope I'll never have to run a microsod product on my beloved PC again.

For the record, I did try many other Linux distros but had a few "understanding the system" problems that ubuntu helped me understand. All of the distros I tried were pretty much nOOb friendly to start but it's the adding the extras and personalising that becomes a little too complicated.

I think I've simply jumped into the Linux lake to see if a non-Linux-swimmer can survive, then grow to new hights in PC competence.

Think I can do it? Let me know!

Kirzzy_Boy (not verified) - Wed, 2020-08-10 04:29.

Ubuntu is a noobes paradise

I have skirted around linux distros for a while but after installing ubuntu I was well and truely sold. I have installed Ubuntu on my kids computers (age 6 and 8) and they have had no problems with it at all. This has to be one of the best tests to show how far linux has come as an easy to use desktop system and not just a geek thing. Ubuntu has to be the best distro to date (Hoary Hedgehog)

shooey (not verified) - Tue, 2020-08-02 06:49.

Mepis rules

Of all the Linux distributions, Mepis is easiest to install, has incredible hardware detection and is not bloated with applications. Because it is based on Debian, upgrading or adding new applications is simple via the Debian repositories and there is no "dependency hell".
Mepis was featured in your early issues, is the example used in the book "Point to Click", and has consistently rated in the top 5 in Distrowatch.
So, let's update the survey and add the true best.

miles (not verified) - Sat, 2020-07-30 07:17.

linux survey

Please add Ubuntu and Kubuntu as distrubutions available for Linux.

Michael Jensen (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-29 15:47.


Why isn't Kubuntu the EXACT same as Ubuntu, except for the WM change?
It didn't come with Firefox standard. Ubuntu did. Kynaptic sucked. Synaptic was great (except for the crappy GTK style).

I might reccomend it to people. But I would like this to change first. Slack is the best for me, but for my friends I think Kubuntu might appeal as easier.

Kubuntu questi - (not verified) - Thu, 2020-07-21 13:54.


I'm a slacker too, but you're getting very annoying.

weiner (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-31 02:03.


Wasn't listed, But i would recomend Ubuntu linux or kubuntu if you prefer KDE


they will send you a cd Free No shipping.

Rev.Brian (not verified) - Tue, 2020-07-19 14:48.


and they have a version that will run on newer macs. also shipped free

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-07-19 14:54.


i dont use SUSE because it is annoying. i dont like Yast and dislike the default stuff. They dont give you anything to start and it looks like windows to start.

Slackware gives most me everything i want, to start. If it isn't stable enough... Pat wont put it in. Which is why you use 2.4 kernel as the default in 10.1 . slack 11 will rock you all! I dont get annoying RPM problems and slapt-get keeps me up to date.

If you're not afraid of the console (a stupid thing to be) then try it out at least.

:) I think I'm through ranting about this.

Lunarcloud_88 (not verified) - Tue, 2020-07-19 12:35.

i use archlinux. if you haven

i use archlinux. if you havent seen it or heard about you should check it out. very nice distro.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-17 16:19.

i use ubuntu cool distr off

i use ubuntu
cool distr
off site

bill (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-17 13:23.

Suse 9.3

I've had a long association with SuSE but got rid of it since I upgraded to Windows XP. But now I've taken the plunge and completely uninstalled XP in favour of SuSE 9.3. That in turn was instrumental in converting me to Gnome which I hadn't tried before: Basically the KDE 3.4.0 in SuSE 9.3 is buggy with access to the floppy only through the Konsole and sound from the CD players non-existent. So I reinstalled with Gnome and SuSE 9.3 ran perfectly out of the box.

Anth - y (not verified) - Wed, 2020-07-13 13:09.

Suse 9.3

I have also install Suse 9.3 on my machine. On the other machine I have installed Mandrakelinux 10.1. All my MP3 play perfectly well on Mandrake. On suse 9.3 I can't ply my MP3. What could be the problem and can I solve it? Please assist me.

Charles Chisanga

chisanga (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-15 01:42.

Go to the YaST Update (YOU) a

Go to the YaST Update (YOU) and select the four multimedia add-on packs. Especially ones with "mad-" in them. I did so and have had zero problems playing any audio files. Also, you could add packman (http://packman.links2linux.org) to your YaST sources and get the win32 (all) codecs set.

#372857 (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-15 20:54.

No Ubuntu is a serious oversite

Ubuntu has been rated the most popular disto (by page hits) on Distrowatch for over eight months. Leaving it off the list is a serious oversite.

Yippy (not verified) - Tue, 2020-07-12 09:51.


You should add Minislack to the list. It is focused on Desktop usage.

Claus Futtrup (not verified) - Sat, 2020-07-09 16:38.

It's Slack

just choose slackware. Thats what it is. Whether bigslack or minislack.

Lunarcloud_88 (not verified) - M - , 2020-07-11 08:53.

Why not include Ubuntu?

It is quickly climbing the ranks, for good reason.

uberlinux (not verified) - Thu, 2020-07-07 10:44.

Distribution Preference

I use and prefer Kubuntu. I'm a newbie and I first tried to install Mandriva but had lots of problems. After about ten days of frustration I gave up and switched to Ubuntu. It worked fine, but I prefer KDE to Gnome so I switched to Kubuntu. It works great and I don't have any complaints, so I'm sticking with Kubuntu.

Tom Strickland (not verified) - Wed, 2020-07-06 11:10.

by the looks of the results s

by the looks of the results so far you've left out some crucial distros from this poll.

Ubuntu is the hottest thing since sliced bread and should have been in there

manicka (not verified) - Tue, 2020-07-05 21:12.

The Best Distro

UBUNTU. Hands down the best. Fast, powerful, expandable, and extremely easy to use, built on Debian. Im sad to see that its not posted here as a choice, so I wont be voting...

Tekwerx (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-03 14:42.

slackware rules

hard but not to hard thats why it rules

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-03 12:04.

I have been in and out of eac

I have been in and out of each popular distro and slackware keeps calling me back like an angel playing the harp.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-08-07 02:10.

Ubuntu please

I think ubuntu should be in the list!!!! For me it is the best distro.
Congratulatios for the web site.

Ake (not verified) - Sun, 2020-07-03 11:18.

No Ubuntu?

Libranet, Xandros, Yoper and Linspire made the list, but not Ubuntu?

Given that RedHat is so far down the list, Yoper has more votes than it, and both Gentoo and Slackware are scoring pretty well, the credibility of the poll is a little (ahem) questionable.


Dave Neary (not verified) - Sat, 2020-07-02 03:23.

Slackware forever! That`s all

Slackware forever! That`s all I say after few year with Linux, trying many distros. I allways came home to Slack.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-07-02 01:53.

Slack rules

Slackware has many things from BSD in it. That means, its better build. KISS is the motto. Tarballs are easy to use and not as hard to find as RPM users think. Slapt-get rocks. Once it is updated ( whether it'll be 10.2 or 11, no one knows). There is a reason that it is the longest running distro around. It was my first distro. It was the nicest one that still kept KDE-centric. Kubuntu was okay, but I had to install the Ubuntu stuff to get full advantage of it. SuSE was annoying and bare. Fedora Core seemed to say, "Look at me! I'm nothing like Unix! Use GNOME!" Sorry, but the Slack will still be my favorite.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-28 19:22.

ubuntu no#1

ubuntu no#1

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-22 15:25.

CRUX Linux would be great too!!

I have 5 years of experiences in using linux.. tuxmagazine should include CRUX, its a lightweight linux distro aim for advance user.. its fast and secure..

adnan abdul rahim (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-22 10:42.

Which Linux distribution do you primarilty use on your desktop

I'm shocked MEPIS wasn't listed in this poll, as well as PCLinuxOS and Kubuntu/Ubuntu. IMHO these are the 3 best distros presently being offered.

papafox (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-22 09:56.

I agree with you, even if I a

I agree with you, even if I am a devoted Mandriva user.
Gives me a bad impression about he/she who set up this poll

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-30 23:35.


Hi All
I dont know how to use linux so it really does not really matter what linux i use.I prefer windows XP as it is more easy than Linux.
I love Linux because it is different.But it needs to take a big change.
By the way i use Fedora Core 3 now. Previously i was using elx bix desk 4, Knopics,FC1,Red hat 9( worst of all ).


Ramchandra (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 20:03.

try Ubuntu

try Ubuntu

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-07-07 10:47.


Why was Mepis not included in the pole???
Considering there were several good articles on Mepis in this issue, an easier distro to setup I haven’t found. The Mepis Livecd is meant to allow you to test a linux distro on your machine. If all goes well, it’s also intended to install Mepis on your hard drive, again simplicity itself.



Tyro (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 14:25.


I've been using computers since 85 starting with a Tandy HX 1000
and windows since win 3.11
I've tried Fedora 1,2 & 3......Red Hat.......Suse.......Mandrake.......Knoppix
being a Windows user I had a hard time installing stuf through the terminal window
no way I could get Java installed
got macromedia working
I was on the verge of doing away with Linux
[its installed on a 2nd hard drive]
when a buddy of mine told me to try Mepis
I was absolutely amazed every thing installs right off the CD
Java, Azureus, Mozilla,Macromedia
everything I need
now Win XP is only used for MS Flight Sim & Half Life

many thanks to the Mepis Group

Davy B - do (not verified) - Sat, 2020-07-23 08:21.


pole is a tall cylindrical skinny object. poll is an opinion survey.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-01 20:21.

I agree - Mepis needs to be o

I agree - Mepis needs to be on the poll!

Ray (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-22 08:22.

Best Distro (that i use)

One word:

Damn Small Linux

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-20 20:29.

That's actually three words :

That's actually three words :)

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 03:33.

Kanotix is my Desktop Operating System

I am using Kanotix 2005.3 as my operating system and kde for my desktop . Kanotix is the best of all. It is a live cd, so no install is needed it can run from the cd. It also has a install script so it can be installed to your hard drive. And best of all it is built on the solid Debian distribution. It has a very active user forum and is in very active development.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-20 09:06.

KANOTIX of course!

Kanotix is the best one, being pure Debian, with all the functionallity of Knoppix and simple boot menus provided by Grub with screen size settings and so on (cheat codes will work too).
Here is my setup:

  1. Copy the disc to a special partition on the computer for speed.
  2. Install grub and create boot menu entry with language settings and computer specific settings.
  3. Create a unionfs directory to enable installation of programs from Debians huge repositories.
  4. Make a permanent home directory for personal settings and files.

It works perfectly! If anything gets messed up, just insert the Kanotix-disc and your on again!
It is advisable to create a users account and set a root password too, for security, if you use it on a network.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-08-02 16:13.

Ubuntu is where it's at! The

Ubuntu is where it's at! The power and stability of Debian with great usability!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-19 16:08.

You've got my vote. It's a

You've got my vote.

It's a dream to use and easy to configure to your own tastes.

Ian (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 04:35.

Which Linux distribution do you primarily use on your Linux desk

pclinuxos is the best of ALL.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-18 19:54.

Put PCLinuxOS on the damn lis

Put PCLinuxOS on the damn list already. It's right up your target reader's alley for ease-of-use, user-friendly, eye-candy, blah blah blah. Seriously, what are you waiting for? It's amazing.

Michael (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-20 15:40.

i agree with you . I switched

i agree with you . I switched to PCLinux. That is great with texar's magic

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-29 07:15.