Bah, you're all wrong!!! The best distro is definitely Mandriva! (Joke!)
I'm an Ubuntu guy myself, simply because It Just Works (TM) and i'm used to the layout now with it. I don't particularly choose Gnome or KDE myself, much prefer Fluxbox or E16.
I tend to use PCLOS or Ubuntu, but I then I'm far from being a Linux expert.
And please not more mentions of OSX, it's not Linux, it's not even an OS, it's a form of cruel and unusal punishment.
Edit: in an attempt to not be seen as too much of a troll -
I always find myself returning to SuSE for some inexplicable reason. There's something I like about the distro that others distros just don't have. I just don't know what that something is.
Also, GoboLinux is worth a look see. I like the idea of a restructured File Hierarchy System.
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System restore is also great for teaching patience as it rations your system resources by keeping them to itself... very considerate thing to include too, as we know all good operating systems will inevitably screw up catastrophically. I love the way it helps you to almost fix the problem.
XP is also awesome because without it I don't think we'd all have jobs... and that one I'm serious about.
I'd say that the Best OS would either be Linux or MacOSX (yeah yeah I know its BSD underneath)
The popularity and development of Linux has exploded over the last 10 years or so. I remember when I first tried out a linux distro (i think it was an early Mandrake or SuSE) at the time it was not a desktop replacement to windows, no firefox, no openoffice. But now with the likes of Ubuntu bringing together great Open Source Apps like Firefox, Openoffice and GIMP into an easy to use and polished distro.
I think that MacOS X has been successful because Apple have control over both the hardware and software, aswell its the most pleasant OS to look at.
Going back to the question itself. What's the Best OS?
There's just no definitive answer. I think it depends on:
- What you want your computer to do?
- The software.
Well, that's my two cents
No love for OpenSuse? 11.1 is great - fast package management, huge software repos, stable GNOME desktop and YAST which is brilliant.
I say windows 7
*uses debian server and mint desktop to hide from flying eggs.*
incidently I have a DAMP. Dragonfly BSD Apache MySQL PHP server. Seriously not recommended unless you like being frustrated during config. At least it's secure.
I used [OpenSolaris] for about a month before I gave up on it
oh and YAST is rubbish, SLES is the worst distro i have ever used.
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I know apt is good cos I use it all the time.
What's yum like these days?
I've never had any particular issues with yum or apt lately, maybe I'm not using either e either app to its full potential.
I quite like the way apt tells me about commands I should run if something goes wrong, but I seem to be more used to using rpm's commands. Can't decide really, I think it mostly comes down to the repositories.
I'd quite like to see an outline of the differences between package managers from someone more experienced.
also has windows caught up with apt/yum yet?
BSD != secure, just easier to harden if you know it in depth. But you can say that about any 'more secure' software.incidently I have a DAMP. Dragonfly BSD Apache MySQL PHP server. Seriously not recommended unless you like being frustrated during config. At least it's secure.
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