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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Debian Sarge Rocks!!!

I agree, The new installer makes it a breeze to setup and run

Wayne (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 19:00.

Getting Wireless to Work

I am an old Windows geek, trying to install and learn Linux. I have installed Fedora on an old notebook pc. I've been struggling with the wireless stuff for days. The only thing that looks wrong now is the output of iwconfig, which shows an incorrect access point hardware address. How can I fix this? (By the way, the computer access the network just fine from the Windows side.) Thanks! Barbara

Barbara (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 13:53.


I have had alot of issues with redhat/fedora in the past. In fact the issues
are what prompted me to move to ubuntu there are some articles about linux wireless at my website http://www.alllinuxinfo.com

cryptoknight (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-04 00:07.

Gettomg Wireless to work.

That would depend on few things..
1. Have you tried googling for your hardware + Fedora Core ( Your Version )
2. Have you tried your hardware Inst. CD? As a lot of times you will find a directory on there called linux.. or their website? to see if they have a driver?
3. What type of hardware are we talking about? Laptop, Desktop ??? You also must pardon my bias here but the new Mandriva supports a very wide range of WiFi devices right out of the box.

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OldToker (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-01 23:31.

I used ndiswrapper or driver

I used ndiswrapper or driver loader (luxient) http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader
It got my dlink dwi-630 working with fedora core3

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-19 06:34.


Live CDs are not meant to be used for your main OS. They are for trying a distro or such and for recovery. Knpooix was also pretty useful on the sci-fi convention's computers, but They are not for main desktop use.

Why anyone would place the LiveCDs here is beyond me.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 10:01.

Why wouldn't a distro take ad

Why wouldn't a distro take advantage of the LiveCD method? You act as if you cannot install the OS after you "try out" the distro. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather try out a distro before I install it. This is why my vote still remains: PCLOS (PCLinuxOS)

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-20 15:50.

Yesterday, I tried upgrade my

Yesterday, I tried upgrade my Slackware and after that I couldn't run it more, so I have to run GoblinX to solve the problem...
I have installed GoblinX, Slackware and FeniX...
Many distros like Ubuntu and Linspire are released as livecds and main desktop.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-31 10:09.

Which distribution do you use

I currently use Kubuntu. I have been using Mandrake 10.0 and Debian sarge.
Kubuntu beats both distrubition in userfriendlyness by far and all peripherals worked out of the box even my recently bought printer (Epson r300)

Bart (not verified) - Sat, 2020-05-28 07:40.

if you have the time and spac

if you have the time and space, give mandriva 10.2 a try.
You will be surprised with the difference with 10.0

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-01 00:08.

if you have the time and spac

if you have the time and space, give mandriva 10.2 a try.
You will be surprised with the difference with 10.0

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-01 00:06.

and??? GoblinX includes FIVE

and??? GoblinX includes FIVE Windows Managers, Kde, Xfce, Enlightenment, WindowMaker and Fluxbox... and it is based on Slackware, first and best distro ever...
Includes also support for FIVE languages, and great apps and games...
And also has a great modular system that allows to very easy to use more apps...
If anyone wants to use a distro based, it's better test a Slackware... or use just Slackware... Slackware RULES!!!

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-27 09:38.

Slackware does rule

you are absolutely right.

Now they've proved it even more by eliminating GNOME from the current Slackware project. 10.2 is goin to be just how I want it, sans GNOME.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 10:02.

Ubuntu Sux

That's right it sucks! Wfi doesn't work well,it looks like Mac OSX on drugs,and yet Linux wannabees keep saying they have it on here. It's just Gnome and Debian Sid.
I use PCLINUXOS. It has KDE,Gnome,and XFCE and runs from a CD too.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 18:07.

Multiple DMs

Whats the point having multiple desktop managers? You can only use one at a time so find one you like and settle with it. You ca always change later.

Also claiming that a distro is bad because you can customize another distro to get similar is stupid. If you want to spend you time customizing debian to look like ubuntu then feel free but Im perfectly happy just using ubuntu to get the same effect in a much shorter time period.

Anybody who is saying that ubuntu sucks because it is popular and easy is kinda missing the point. Most home computer users want a system they can set up and run every day doing the same basic tasks quickly and easily without the system crashing and without error messages popping up. Ubuntu does this. I install it and I can instantly edit word documents, access the internet and read my email (after filling in the account details).

Human Prototype (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-03 05:09.

You do not have Novell Linux

You do not have Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) listed. That is what I use.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 08:43.

Need to install UBUNTU from CD; Unable to thru DVD distro

Hi! I need to install UBUNTU from a CD. The only problem is the full distro is on a on DVD and the machine (WinTel) has only a CD reader. What are the necessary files I should transfer to install?
Note: I am unable to boot the WinTel (win98)machine as it is DEAD. Thanks All, Abraham Briseno

Abraham Briseno (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 01:51.

Usa a real distro!

Get a real distro! Because everyone uses Ubuntu your gonna follow along?
Try Knoppix or Damnsmall.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 18:11.


The above link will get you a freebie. Comes in a packet with a live cd and an
install cd. Suggest you upgrade to a cd burner and with broadband you can download distros till your brains burn out.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 07:12.


I've used Fedora, Mandrake and SuSE and now Mepis. I have to say that Mepis has to be the best Linux distro I've used.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-24 16:14.

Couldn't find a printer drive

Couldn't find a printer driver for my Canon i560 until I discovered turboprint. For about 25 $ I was printing happily to my Cacnon I560 installed on my Network


An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-24 05:34.

SUSE 9.3 is great

Upgraded to SUSE 9.3.
Works perfectly on my old P800 PC
My wife and kids use it as an Internet terminal installed in the kitchen
No virus / activex problems with Linux :-)

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-24 05:32.

PCLinuxOS is best

PCLinuxOS is far and away the BEST distribution if you're looking for the easiest setup and pre-loaded / pre-configured best-of-breed software!

Boot off the CD to see if you agree, then decide later to install on your harddrive. You can't go wrong!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-22 10:54.

PCLinuxOS is best

Yep, tried many distros, now settled down with PCLinuxOS. A very polished and complete Live/Install CD and remastering your own custom Live/Install CD is as simple as it gets.

britbrian (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-27 00:40.

I've started using Slackware

I've started using Slackware and I loved it... so, today I'm still using Slackware and also a great livecd based on it called GoblinX.

Flavio (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 08:42.


I prefer mandrake b'coz of its GUI!!!!

Abhishek Rajpurohit (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 23:15.

who cares which distro you li

who cares which distro you like? as long as it's NOT WINDOZE!!!!

AMEN and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 16:46.

Mepis for now

I've been using both Windows and desktop Linux for three years now.
I started with Lycoris then went from it to many others.
I've tried the likes of Mandrake,SUSE,Linspire,Knoppix,Ubuntu,ELX,Peanut,College Linux,Slax,Ares Linux,SAM,Yopper,ect.
But only Mepis does everything I want nowadays. I get WIFI from a cd-based distro on my laptop.
Like I said I used many and each one is missing something or has something restricted from use by some customization. Mepis has just the perfect blend!

TJ (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 12:20.


Yeah. I installed Mepis 3.3 after I discovered it detected my wireless card automatically. I didn't even need to fill any fields in, unlike Mandrake (now Mandriva)'s setup. Yes, Mepis has served me well.

However, I used synaptic package manager to try to download KDevelop, but it crashes as soon as I try to load it.

If anyone has any suggestions, please email me with them.


An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-12 13:57.


Sorry, its my comment above. Forgot to include my email: tim DOT clarke DOT uk AT gmail DOT com .


An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-12 14:04.


What about knoppix? Sure I have Gentoo on my desktop,but my laptop has knoppix. I use knoppix,because gentoo takes to long to compile on my older laptop.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 12:17.


things i've noticed alot lately.

1- micro$oft folks want to try linux more and more.
2- most of them complain about the "not-so-easy" app installations. <?>
[which i dont get, as there is apt-get, YUM, YAST, urpmi, portage that do
ALL of the work for you]
3- micro$oft folks want to try linux more and more. heehee

if you want to try a distro, really try it, for months, not hours. it WILL work, i swear.

An - eemus (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 21:55.

Windows XP is waiting...

...for your return. If you are tired of struggling to configure your modem, if you don't want to buy new printers and other peripherals, if you consider your time valuable, if you aren't looking for porn without problems, and you simply want your computer to work, try Windows XP HO. With a piece of qualifying hardware (the ubiquitous $10 speakers), you can get it for as low as $99. That's only $40 more than most supported Linux distributions.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 09:35.

I have used windows XP for ye

I have used windows XP for years, without the problems and crap that others write about.
I have switched to linux only a year ago, and windows can lik my ass, so to say.
I don't want to bash windows, but to me, linux is far more productive .

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-07-01 00:13.

You forgot these wonderful ch

You forgot these wonderful characteristics about Windows XP:

1. Microsoft can steal your information over the Internet at no extra charge!

2. Windows is overpriced! Why get Linux for free when you can pay for Windows?

3. Why have a secure system when you can have Windows XP? You'll never need to worry about crackers not being able to get in ever again. And viruses are the best!

4. Can't forget about the fact that Microsoft doesn't release new versions frequently anymore. The only Linux that qualifies for this is Debian, but those wimps released 3.1 before Longhorn came out, so they must not be as good as Microsoft is.

Get real, An - ymous. Linux is here to stay. If you don't like a good OS, then it's not my problem.

Daniel Brodzik (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-19 09:24.


We - as many others today - have three PCs at home. Windows in one PC and Suse 9.3 in another, all of them interconnected by wireless. The older PC with a light linux is used to navigate through Internet (no viruses, better security, ...).

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-17 00:20.

XP can keep waiting

As far as I'm concerned windows can keep waiting. While it's waiting I'll keep enjoying the security and stability I get with Linux ( It doesn't really matter which distro, I've tried several
and I have my favorites as any other. CentOS rocks!). Buying new hardware??? 90% of my hardware works better then it ever did on windows, the other 10% works just as well. So... while you are continuing removing viruses and worms. I will enjoy the security of GNU/Linux and keep converting others to the tux flock. 12 converted and counting.


webwolf (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 11:54.

xp is waiting ?

Do you know what happens if you upgrade from for ex. Win-98
Well, you have to buy a new printer and scanner and probebly some other peripherals

Been running Suse-linux for 2 years now and never had any problem after learning
how it works ,witch I think one has to do even If one wanna use (may God forbid )
M$ Windows

hertwig (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-08 07:48.


How many installs will XP allow? Different computers? How long before XP is NOT supported?

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-01 00:04.

XP will be supported for at l

XP will be supported for at least 5 more years.
They will bring out Service Pack 3.
It's called Longhorn beta 1

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

Oh, one more thing, how many

Oh, one more thing, how many BUGS in this release for the users to find?

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-01 00:06.

linux costs?

Linux does not cost money. Thats the point. You can order ubuntu cds (one live cd and a install cd per go) for free and they will ship it to you for free as well. You can also download alot of distros straight off the internet provided you have a fast connection and burn them to cd. Even if you dont have the fast connection and you dont want ubuntu the cost is still much lower than you claim. (Prices from an advert off distrowatch.com)

CentOS 4.0 ($7.96)
Debian 3.0 ($13.93)
Fedora 3 ($7.96)
FreeBSD 5.4 ($5.97)
Gentoo 2005 ($5.97)
KANOTIX 2005 ($1.99)
Knoppix 3.8.2 ($1.99)
Linspire 5.0 ($1.99)
Mandriva 2005 ($7.96)
MEPIS 3.3.1 ($1.99)
Slackware 10.1 ($7.96)
SUSE 9.3 ($7.95)
Ubuntu 5.04 ($1.99)
Xandros 3 OCE ($1.99)

Voila, and all of them come with unlimited licenses...

Human Prototype (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-03 05:18.

I thought dial-up modem was impossible

Till I found this http://www.linuxant.com
AM really impressed, most winmodems should work with this driver.
But check first!

Oh and stop sulking you crying babies,
If you really can't install Linux swallow your pride and get someone else that has more experience to do it for you!!

Help a poor student or something.

I've installed 4 Linux Desktops so far, and *everyone* is very happy.

Remember the very first time you installed a dial-up modem in Windows? Don't tell me that was easy.
Don't tell me you never had problems installing stuff in Windows hardware and software.
Don't tell me many ended up getting some techie person (friend or professional) to come over to do it for you.
Or even paying or tipping the person.

Stop whinging and get someone with experience to help you out - contact your Linux User Group. And if a poor student please give him some tip for the job $50-$100 - that would be decent.

People get ripped off with Microsoft and Tech Support they don't care.
When they have to invest a bit on Linux - they go all upset.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 02:12.

It's free

Linux is free

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-13 16:19.

I agree

I don't have the time muck around compiling drivers for my internal modem, nor do I want to throw out my Lexmark printer. Yep, it is not Linux's fault - I know. But that doesn't fix my problems. I would love to sharft M$ XP, BUT I can't get the drivers I need; and I've already wasted a lot of time seeking advice that directs me to various sites. BUT I am not a computer geek. I just want it to run it and go. Soooo I just play the Linux games. (I've tried Madrake, Suse and Ubuntu, the latter 2 being the best).

Now back to my Linux games.

John H (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-06 03:21.

You may be right

I understand the frustration you may be experiencing now, but no matter what youi endeaver to do, you'll need to do some learning. Hardware?? Yes internal modems are a pain, so you find a cheap used external ZOOM 56, or a USRobotics, and it's done (garage sales, ebay, even places like flea markets) Why would you pitch a Lexmark printer (Mandrake loves Lexmark along with IBM)

Yes - there are things not as polished as you may be used too, Betting odds are that a newbie to MS would experience the same questions.

Over the long haul, I'm pitching MS out of the house (when the last old 98SE dies)

yulester (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 13:23.


Yeah, Yeah! I got a cheapie modem on eBay...a Diamond Supra 56e. I can
get it to connect in Knoppix using pppconfig but KPPP won't negotiate a logon
with this modem. Neither will wvdial. Linux's promise of working with all external modems is bunkum.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-24 20:03.

Viruses and Spyware work great on Windows!

Get the facts straight!!!

I am new to Linux and Yes Windows makes it easy. Why because all of the manufacturers are in bed with Microsoft. If you install Xp or Win 2000 you will still have to find the appropriate drivers for your graphics card and other things. As for compiling kernels who does that? If you are a geek and have a lot of time on your hands you will compile the kernel because you have the option of doing so, the freedom if you will to customize anything you want on your linux system. If you have Mepis 3.3 or Vector Linux there is no compiling anything. A quick install-faster than windows and no drivers to hunt down you are ready to go!!

The big difference I see from windows to Linux is those wonderful pieces of malware floating around such as viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, and other garbage that loves to mess up your system. There are software programs that work well to prevent or discover this malware but who wants to run 3 different programs at the minumum and take the time to update and run scans every time you go on the net?? What a headache!! Linux pays for any extra time to get something to work with that alone!!

If you want to talk competition talk Apple! Apple is the only OS that works wonderfully. Now Apple costs a pretty penny but at least it works without all the headache. The only thing Windows has going for it is all thidiots that use it blindly and the sheer volume of software available. I challange you to tell me a function that you can do in windows that can't be done in Linux or Apple. Maybe a virus scan!! Even Linux has that!

Unixzilla (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-06 10:32.

Voip in Linux, Fedora Core 3

I take up your challenge re one function easy done in Windows, but a problem in FC3. I am trying to get a program called Echolinux (Echolink in Windows) installed and working on my Linux FC3 machine. Very difficult for a non Linux Geek! Even to get the "apt synaptic" from "Stanton-Finley.net/fedora_core_3_installation_notes.html" installed after a download, to work is very difficult. It will not install "gedit".
If you can get the above to work, please let me know. I have spent countless hours without success using FC3. In Win XP it is a breeze !

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-19 00:24.

viruses and spyware

I'm a noob to linux. Personally I like xp better than mac osX panther and suse. I'm going to try mepis soon. I have no problems with my xp box up 3 years with no need to reinstall. And btw, osX and linux crash just as often as windows. Sure you dont have to reboot, but a crashed program is still a crashed program.
As for viruses and spyware...they are only an issue (with windows) if using pirated software and browsing porn and other shady sites. I just set security high, use the built in firewall, and stay away from illicit sites. I only open attachments after confirming with sender (senders that i know). I've had problems in the past with windows stability but they were hardware issues.
I'm trying to learn linux cuz i just got a second box and dont want to fork over more M$$$. One xp box is enough but a necessary evil ;)

cheers all

smelly_feet (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-05 13:14.