12 Dec 2011

Three greatest successes in Linux world 2011

2011 is coming to its end. It is time to make final roundups and see what happened in our life in this year.
I have written about three greatest failures in Linux world 2011 just now.
Now let's have a look at greatest successes in Linux world in 2011 from my point of view.

1. Debian Squeeze

No doubt, Debian is one of the most respectable, used, contributed, {insert your own} distribution in the Linux world. And this team is famous for their quality. They release new stable system only when they consider it ready, not when deadline comes.
And finally Debian Squeeze was released in February 2011. It is stable, nice and reliable. It now forms part of my own quadro-boot landscape. Moreover, it is very important part of this landscape: I manage my bootloader GRUB2 from Debian.

2. Mageia 1

This distribution was forked from Mandriva somewhere in autumn 2010. Mageia's team was not producing much noise actually while getting their own Operating System ready. And then came June 2011, and we saw a result.
I don't know about you. But as much Mandriva (even previous versions) was a failure for me, that much Mageia became my favourite. It is distribution number one I use. It is default option in my quadro-boot configuration.
This Linux distribution is now ranked 11th in the Distrowatch list, just below Mandriva itself. Not a bad result providing they are only 6 months old!

3. Fedora 15 and 16

Fedora produced two released this year, same as OpenSuSE and Ubuntu (hence many Ubuntu-based derivatives).
And both of them were lovely from my point of view. Fedora 15 was the first distribution to feature GNOME3 as default desktop environment. And it was already awesome, even though not without a glitch. Fedora 16 became even better.
What is about Fedora KDE? As I have written, Fedora 15 KDE was very good, and Fedora 16 KDE was even better.


  1. I perfectly understand that "best" and "worst" types of posts can lead to another episode in holy wars of distro lovers.
    I am publishing my own view.
    And I won't comment further.

  2. Mageia, honestly deserves its name
    Mageia : a Greek word meaning
    magic, enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry

  3. where is openSUSE 12.1 ???
    can you find better KDE implementation then suse?

  4. Mageia? Are you kidding me? They have no users. Their forum never has more than 1 or 2 people online ever.

  5. Mageia's lack of user base is no surprise. They are just as contemptuous of their users as Mandriva ever was, and they have the most heavily over-moderated forums in cyberspace.

    (And their Alpha 1 release of Mageia 2 is the buggiest disaster I've ever seen.)

  6. What's so wrong with an alpha being buggy, by the way? An alpha is bound to be unpolished, otherwise it would be a Final Release.

    Concerning forum presence, the point is that there is a forum, not that people crowd it. There's also a site that preinstalls Linux and recommends Mageia, too. therefore, Mageia has achieved a lot in less than a year.

    Interesting how some people tend to lose perspective...

  7. Looking at the top 15 on distrowatch there isn't one that I would install on any of my systems they have all lost themselves over the passed two years I used to love Linux Mint but that fell down on 11,I looked at all the others and found Ultimate Edition 2.8 that I like everything worked out of the box. 2,9 was better. then they released 3, that fell over at the starting line with me,

    Pardus is a great distribution though I'm not a KDE lover, Last month a new distribution hit distrowatch so I thought I would give it a spin, I'm glad I did, it turns out to be the leader of the pack. it works out of the box. I always though nothing could beat Ultimate edition 2.9, for working out of the box for 3D animation desktop graphics, Well Commodore OS 64 Vision puts Ultimate edition on the side lines There is something for everyone in this distribution they have missed nothing out,