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Desktop Linux Showdown

Aug 17, 2010, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Osier-Mixon)

"Last week I gave a presentation at LinuxCon in sunny Boston entitled Desktop Linux Distribution Showdown. The premise was to compare the three most popular desktop distributions to find out which is most user-friendly. It wasn't easy, and the results might (or might not) surprise you.

"The concept of "user-friendliness" is highly subjective. In fact, given the nature of free distributions, just figuring out which ones qualify for the top three is as much a matter of opinion as forensic guesswork. After making an educated guess and then checking on distrowatch.com, downloading numbers quoted by individual distros, and figuring some Tennessee windage, I determined that the top three distros in 2010 are, in popularity order: Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE.

"Once I determined the contenders, the showdown was on. I picked seven activities to test, and rated each distribution on each of the seven activities..."

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