members make their choice

Summary:A popular Linux community selects its favorite distributions, tools, and applications. Winners include Ubuntu, KDE, Eclipse, Firefox, and MySQL.

The community recently wrapped up a member poll where votes were cast for the best distributions, tools, and applications on Linux. Voting took place between January 29th and March 5th, 2006. Here are a few of the results that will be interesting for developers:

  • Linux Distribution: Ubuntu (19.49%), Slackware (19.05%)
  • Desktop Environment: KDE (64.86%), Gnome: (25.67%)
  • IDE: Eclipse (31.99%), Kdevelop (31.38%)
  • Text Editor: vi/vim (37.96%), Kate (22.47%)
  • Browser: Firefox (71.90%), Konqueror (11.05%)
  • Database: MySQL (62.98%), PostgreSQL (16.03%)
  • Shell: bash (89.67%), zsh (3.65%)

Of course, like any reader's poll the results only reflect the opinion of the readers. But all Linux users where able to vote if they wanted to. Jeremy Garcia from writes:

Any LQ member was from newbie to expert encourage to vote.  Anyone from the Linux community was able to join LQ (gratis) during the time the polls were going on and immediately vote (although we of course did some amount of auditing to make sure no one was vote stacking).  The LQ member base is currently over 220,000.

Initial nominations were made by the LQ staff with more added by the community before voting started.


Topics: Open Source


Ed Burnette has been hooked on computers ever since he laid eyes on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. Since graduating from NC State University he has programmed everything from serial device drivers and debuggers to web servers. After a delightful break working on commercial video games, Ed reluctantly returned to business software. He... Full Bio

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