Which Linux distribution do you use?

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by 

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Mint
13% (1125 votes)
Debian
11% (966 votes)
Ubuntu
23% (2069 votes)
openSUSE
11% (995 votes)
Fedora
12% (1056 votes)
Mageia
1% (66 votes)
Manjaro
3% (225 votes)
CentOS
8% (685 votes)
Arch
13% (1185 votes)
Android-x86
0% (28 votes)
Other (tell us in the comments)
6% (576 votes)
Total votes: 8976

Your Linux distribution of choice says a lot about you. Of course, one of the many great things about Linux is the diversity of options you have to choose between. Maybe you like a slimmed down minimalist option. Maybe having all of the bells and whistles is important to you. Or maybe you just prefer a distribution that you find easy to use.

Whatever your preferences, chances are, there's at least one distribution out there that's a perfect fit for your needs. Because of the huge number of choices, which we couldn't possibly list all here, we relied up DistroWatch.com to provide us with a starting point of the ten highest ranking distributions from the past twelve 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."

When we asked this question in 2015, over four thousand of you took our poll and many others joined the conversation in the comments.

So let us know: Which is your favorite distribution for daily use? And if your favorite isn't in the list, let us know in the comments below. More importantly, we'd curious to hear why you pick your chosen distribution: let us know why you think your distribution is a great pick!

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dncnmckn
My laptop runs ELEMENTARY OS with a few tweaks. I'm a creative and I like the simplicity and the style and all that control is under the hood through the terminal.
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Anonymous
Me too! Elementary os (freya)
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Anonymous
Elementary here too :)
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vasek
Gentoo with Pro-Audio extensions
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RobertAlex
Kubuntu on three laptops and one desktop.
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One of the Slackware user
Slackware
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dboth
I use Fedora on my laptop and workstations, and CentOS on my servers and firewalls. I also play with Mint.
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Yves
Sabayon, a rolling release distro based on Gentoo.
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Eric F
Arch, but also Fedora.
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Jason van Gumster
Been running Arch as my primary for quite a while now on my workstations. Though on secondary machines, I tend to make distro choices based on the specific task (or the specified software) the machine will be running.
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Scott Ruecker - LXer EiC
I use Peppermint
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Bob McConnell
Came to Slackware from Soft Landing Systems 23 years ago. Have not seen anything in all that time to make me want to switch.
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Dennis
Like you I run Slackware.. never found a distro that has been able to match it...
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Nonya
Antergos
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tedroche@tedroche.com
Which distro? I'm only allowed to use one? Fedora on the dev workstation, Ubuntu on the entertainment tablet, CentOS on the digital hub, CentOS on the web server, Ubuntu & CentOS on client machines, raspian on the Raspberry
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RaveYoda
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! You are so correct! Thank you!!
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boblmartens
openSUSE almost exclusively. Tumbleweed on the laptop and working with Leap for servers.
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bmaynard
I have many distros that I play and work on. My laptop triple-boots with Mint, W10, and CentOS. I also use IPFire, OpenElec, and am starting to use more Fedora on a spare laptop. I just not been able to use Ubuntu due to Unity. I just have not had good experiences with Unity.
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Joel Goldstick
Lubuntu on netbook and desktop. Because its old school gui. I'm not a fan of computer OS feeling like it was made for a tablet (Unity)
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laksh
fedora for my development projects... its design is very lovely
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Alan Hodgson
Gentoo on my laptop and long-living servers (hardened on servers). CentOS in the cloud, probably moving to either CentOS Atomic or CoreOS as devs move to docker.
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antaVoante
Slackware 14.0
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Justinas
Kaos :) the best KDE experience!
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WeirdBeard
I have several machines and several distros. I use Ubuntu on my main machine, but also use Linux Lite on an older laptop, MX-15 on an old workstation, and AntiX on a really old laptop.
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chadmccullough
Slackware. T400 laptop and server.
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MarkT
Debian
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The penguin
Gentoo, dammit!
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LNXGUY
PCLinuxOS on all my machines. Gave up on Mint, XXBuntu and I am an Arch hater. Puppy on all my removable devices...
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ojbolt
Elementary OS
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Karl Friedrich Hieronymus
Kubuntu
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Anonymous
Mint and Netrunner
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Emerge The world
GENTOO!!!!!
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Fereydouni
OpenSuse & Mageia
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dimitrovden
On my notebook Manjaro now, before that Mint. Raspberry pi work with Debian (raspbian).
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STomboy
Xubuntu on my laptop
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Richmond
Debian Very stable distrub for server
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dragonbite
I would be interested to see the poll multi-select and see if the results change significantly or not. My primary laptop is running openSUSE (Xfce Tumbleweed) with other systems running Ubuntu and Ubuntu Mate. I like the look of Unity, but it is a little bit heavier and Xfce runs much smoother on the laptop. On my home servers they are currently running Ubuntu Server (14.04 LTS) and I am planning on setting up an ownCloud server running on top of openSUSE Leap. I do try out Fedora but the short lifespan keeps me from throwing it on a server. And then there is the Raspberry Pi, usually running Raspian.
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gwenhael
Slackware
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Trudi
PCLinuxOS 'Full Monty' on my desktop & the standard KDE on my laptop.
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DAG
Debian.
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Jorma Villberg
Puppy Linux is my favorite but sometimes I use Lubuntu
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Matt McGraw
Xubuntu 15.10 on my laptop, Xubuntu 15.10 with i3wm on my Chromebook, Ubuntu server LTS on my VPS.
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Florian
Raspbian, on a PI2
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Anderson Manzano
openSUSE
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Tuxworx
I use Linux Lite on my desktop, Xubuntu on my laptop, and Peppermint on a small laptop that I use when I have to carry it a lot. And I use XFCE on all 3 of them even though Peppermint uses LXLE by default.
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Fettoosh
Have been running Kubuntu on all my desktops/laptops since Novell bought Suse in 2003
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Miguel Montalban
I used to use Ubuntu, but I'm now using Sabayon Linux.
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Liam
Tiny Core Linux - fast, clean and easy.
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markh
ubuntu-MATE & Xubuntu on desktops(LTS only).....debian stable on servers
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fogpipe
Slackware 64 bit current. A rolling release that in my experience is more stable and configurable and up to date than every single release version I have tried (4) on the list.
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