Desktop Linux Showdown
Aug 17, 2010, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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..."