Open Ballot: what's your favourite Linux improvement?


We're gearing up to record our next podcast, and we want you - yes YOU! - to contribute your views in our Open Ballot section. This time the question is, out of all the changes we've seen in the Linux world in the last year, what's your favourite? If you want to go big and say "all of Fedora 13", or if you want to go small and cite the SSE improvements introduced into Glibc 2.11, we don't mind as long as your stick to our simple rules: keep it short, and use a name other than "Anonymous Penguin."

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Fast Booting Systems

Ubuntu and other distributions now boot much faster than Windows or Mac systems. There is nothing more frustrating than sitting and waiting on a system to do what you want it to do. Linux is now faster, easier for newbies to use, and secure. Great.

Reasons to 'fight or switch'. . .

I've been using various Linux Distros for 10+ years.


(1) no restrictive EULA customer agreements
(2) no blue screens of Death
(3) Zero virus attacks
(4) No hard drive defragmentation
(5) Better security
(6) Quick boot up time
(7) Software continually improving at 'no-cost' to users.
(9) No high priced software purchases for 'intellectual' rights to use on a computer(s) for what they were designed to be used.

Linux just works !

I got a HP mini recently ; replaced the default OS with Ubuntu 10.04 and everything just worked !(i.e sound , WIFI(the only proprietary driver that ubuntu itself notified me to install ) , webcam )
Gnu/Linux is for everyone . Thats the change thats occurred in the past 2 years . A

Time saver

For me the biggest improvement in "Linux" is the emergence of Mint, currently version 9.Both easy to install from a USB stick (given up CD/DVDs and trying to get other mechanical devices out as well) and with the software repositories ready. Use Debian and Fedora and expect Debian to be the winner (barring political trouble therein) with me shortly. Too much to weigh up and so much documentation to read to get to the point is disruptive. Mint takes the sting out of the tail. Don't like the much acclaimed "Mint menu" however. I use the Debian version (maybe a matter of habit) instead.

These points have been

These points have been mentioned above but worth repeating...

1. Android: It's great to have lay-people say to you "hey, that's the linux thing eh?" and you go "Yes" with enthusiasm. A great achievement.
2. Hardware support. The vast majority of the usual things now just work. Sure, I would love an 8 channel USB2 Audio mixer but hey most of it is out there if you need it.
3. Monodevelop: Seriously... if you haven't looked at it in a while then you should. A very productive IDE. Get over the C# thing... Monodevelop is a great tool. Now with Debugging goodness.


Fedora-led support for open-source 3D drivers for AMD-ATI radeon graphics cards.

Stable, Rolling Releases Distros

I made the switch from Ubuntu to Archlinux as my "main" desktop system around 1.5 years ago.

Not getting into why the switch other than to say, broken stuff in new releases of Ubuntu.

Since the switch, which was a time consuming, learning process to get back to my familiar Gnome desktop, life has been good.

I attribute most of that to the fact of Arch using the rolling release update system. Install once, update big and often seems like a better solution compare to an attempted OS upgrade.

With Ubuntu, upgrading over an older version may or may not work well. I soon learned to just reformat / and installed fresh, leaving my /home directory intact.

Why is Arch able to so successfully implement this with a relatively small community of programmers compared to some of the larger distros?

Staying away from Arch testing repo, I find far less breakage issues long term, than with Ubuntu, and usually have more up to date kernel and packages.

Finally seeing KDE starting to shape up

After an initial stint with Redhat in the mid 90s and then settling for Mandrake with KDE and then KDE under Gentoo I lost faith in KDE for quite sometime. Now finally I am starting to see the fruits of all the hard labor - KDE is coming back finally, and the main visible user experience improvements have been this year so for me my first vote goes to KDE.
Other votes for this great Linux year -
to mention just a few...
But really the main vote for me is to all of open source - we have seen a lot more stability and usability. May it continue forever and ever and keep the diversity coming - I love it.
Long gone are the days when I had to boot Windows to do things and even my wife and children, and even parents (who are total computer novices) do not need Windows - Congratulations to Linux, graduation has come and we are flying solo.

Working nouveau driver

A working nouveau driver for my desktop PC's onboard GeForce 9100 graphics. Fedora's got it; too bad it hasn't made it into Ubuntu yet.

Not systemd for sure!

Systemd is a microsoft concept ported to Linux, maybe to make Linux more windoze like?

And what about Linux servers? How many use it? Or the scope is to make Linux servers run on GUI, to let any windows user to became a Linux admin?

Real Unix-like systems don't need such crap!

A true Linux & Unix-like lover.

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