What version of Linux do you use?

Posted 06 Nov 2012 by 

Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat)
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CentOS
8% (114 votes)
Debian
13% (181 votes)
Fedora
23% (311 votes)
Mageia
3% (41 votes)
Mint
11% (152 votes)
openSuse
4% (52 votes)
Ubuntu
37% (491 votes)
Total votes: 1342

Linux distributions are operating systems for desktops, servers, laptops, netbooks, mobile phones, and tablets (and some minimal environments). These poll choices are only a few of the many different ones out there. Specifically, they rank among the top ten on DistroWatch (over the last 12 months).

The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions. They simply show the number of times a distribution page on DistroWatch.com was accessed each day, nothing more.

How does the Linux distribution you use meet your personal and professional needs?

Share with us which applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, media players, and database applications you enjoy from the Linux distribution you use.

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41 Comments

jpalko
Community Member
I'd like to vote for multiple choice in this. :) My choices would be: -CentOS -Fedora -Debian -Ubuntu
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RAT
Yes, I agree! I use CentOS for servers. Fedora for my laptop. Ubuntu for the family's PC. I installed Mint on my daughter's mini netbook.
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Tet Aguila
Same here, i used and recommend CentOS for servers and Ubuntu for desktops and laptops..
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Elvin Mucaj
-Fedora -Debian -Ubuntu I agree for these. :D
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David Dreggors
I agree, I commonly use many distros... the most common of which are: RHEL CentOS Debian Fedora Mandriva Ubuntu Mint Currently I am using Fedora/Mandriva at home and RHEL/CentOS at the office.
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Antanas
Yeah, also missed multiple choice feature. i prefer two quite different distributions - ubuntu and centos.
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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer
Awesome that you guys are running different versions to try things out. Note: The mulitple choice feature on our Drupal voting module...doesn't work as expected. So we're a bit limited because of that feature...I mean, bug. Jason
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clement
None of the distro I use are in this poll. Maybe you could add "other" to the answers.
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pouar
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yeah, like Arch Linux, which is what I use
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Juan José González
Watch out you have an unnecesary condition there windows sucks is always evaluated as true ;)
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Oncle Jean
Hi, I've been using Slackware for three years and I love it. No other distros I've tried give me as much satisfaction. Oncle Jean
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Bob Robertson
And that's the real key, what you use works for you. I work exactly the same way with Debian. None of the others that I've tried "click" with how I work. That's why distribution-hopping is so important. It gives the opportunity to try a different way to accomplish.
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total
I understand that this is open source.com and is about open source and Linux in general. But really this is sponsored by Red Hat. Shouldn't RHEL be on there? I marked CENTOS because it's closest to what I use. I use at home what I use at work. It does everything I need it to do. Just my 2 cents.
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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer
Obviously we could have included lots of flavors of Linux. The focus for this poll was more about the community versions out there. And we're definitely not being scientific about this ;) It's great to see so many folks passionate about the version(s) of Linux they use. Jason
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ricciocri
Open Minded
You know a linux-distro poll/article is one of the easiest way to start a flame on distro war :D Personally I'm using : Work - Servers: Debian and Red Hat Enterprise Work - Laptop Gentoo with Fluxbox/Cinnamon Home : Xubuntu 12.10 and Mint 13 XFCE
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Jean-David Beyer
I started in about 1998 with Red Hat Linux 5. I have pretty much stayed with Red Hat ever since. This machine is running RHEL 6, and my other 12 year old machine is running CentOS 5 because it cannot run 6 (too small) and I am too cheap to get another RHEL contract.
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clement
I recently switched from gentoo to exherbo for my work laptop.
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ricciocri
Open Minded
Wow, a new distro never heard before :) I'll take a look at this one, thanks for the info !
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TyrBerBooks
My only computer is an older Presario (2.8mhz CPU, 1.1g RAM) and I have tried a lot of distros over the last couple of years, but I've found that #! (Crunchbang) gives me the best performance. That being said, I do run MATE 1.4 so as to have a more functional desktop.
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CFWhitman
I use the following distributions. At home: Ubuntu Studio (desktop and laptop) Crunchbang (netbook and older machines) Slackware (server) Puppy (Wary) (odd, old IBM Thinkpad with buggy video) At work: Ubuntu Studio (desktop) Slackware (servers) Ubuntu Server (servers) The servers were pre-existing installations. I may consider switching some of them to Debian in the future when I am more acclimated to my new position.
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Ti-Paul
Voted Debian because is was my latest desktop for the choices given. Currently, i'm using Arch Linux...
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Dragan
Using Mandriva and openSUSE here, trying out Chakra and ROSA also
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dimdim_sum
where's slackware ?
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Oncle Jean
Very good question. :o)
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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer
When we were trying to narrow the choices down (tough job BTW), we realized that Slackware only cracked the top 10 via this site http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity once. So although popular, it didn't make the list for this poll. Jason
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eu
http://www.fuduntu.org/
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George P. Burdell
Servers: Gentoo Desktops: Gentoo or Mint
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Jean R
Ubuntu and Puppy. I use LibreOffice a lot. FireFox is the first thing running when I log-in. Chromium browser Tomboy Notes Banshee Skype Empathy
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orfeo34
I use ArchLinux but it's not in the poll, so ... Mint.
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snyshadham
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I use Fedora and Ubuntu on my laptops and Centos & Ubuntu server on our servers.
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Jen Wike Huger
Open Sourcerer
It's great to see what the current trends are!
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Aaron Wright
I use Linux Mint for my desktop and netbook, and I have 2 web servers that run debian. But all of the ones on the list are good choices.
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asrob
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I always use the latest stable of Fedora for my desktop and the latest stable of RHEL for my server. I really like them and I can do everything that I want. :)
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Jim Wilkerson
Debian & Ubuntu...
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Simi
In what way all these linux distributions are different? Is there any site, which shows what they are better for?
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Mike M
This is kind of difficult. I work exclusively with Redhat EL at work, but I use CentOS for my personal internal and outward-facing servers (running non-GUI), and run Ubuntu on desktop/laptops. I voted for CentOS because it and REL are basically the same thing and my servers are more critical to me. Since my primary desktop OS is Mac OS X, I don't work with the Ubuntu as much as I do the others. I will say that I like the Ubuntu OS distro and it would be my primary desktop/laptop OS if I wasn't on the Mac. If I could vote for multiples though, I would have voted for: CentOS Ubuntu
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Brian M
When I got a new laptop recently I installed Linux Mint 13 because it gives me the type of interface I like. It has convenient menu trees, and I can place launchers for commonly used software on the panel, which is never hidden from view. I hate cell phone style interfaces. I am happy with Mint and will probably use it on future computers. I have Ubuntu on my desktop, where I an sticking with version 10.10 because I don't want to "upgrade" to Unity, or goofy disappearing scrollbars and I'm not willing to install something else and have the hassle of spending hours reinstalling all my software and data files when the existing system works fine. Other than the interface, the distributions are all pretty much the same to me. They all provide the same software and programming tools, and unlike my experience in Windows I can do useful things easily on the command line.
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subvertigo
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The distribution that meets my router's needs is OpenWRT. My desktop is a mixture of curiosity and benchmarking; I'm playing with Fedora 18 Alpha, Oracle R5U8, OpenIndiana 151a r7, and FreeBSD 9. However with the constant news about Valve, I'm posting this from Ubuntu 12.04. viva libre
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ITsManaged
"What version of Linux do you use?" - there is only one "Linux", perhaps the question should read "What Linux Distribution do you use? Personally I'll use the right one for the job - centos, ubuntu, debian, etc.... it is after all the essence of open source - <strong> freedom </strong>. So without presuming to contradict the open source ideals, perhaps the question should have been "What Linux Distribution do you use on your desktop right now?". Then one asks the question, why on earth would anyone want to know?
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Salah TRIKI
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I'm using Lubuntu. Maybe in few months I will switch to Xubuntu. I don't know if there are official statistics, but I think Ubuntu is the most popular distro in Tunisia.
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deadhead
Well well well... Isn't Gentoo missing? My chart is : RHEL on the servers Fedora / Gentoo for my laptop @work Gentoo on my personal servers Opensuse for my family (their KDE integration rocks) Ubuntu for the people I want to be scared by linux :P
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