Back on June 23, when we asked you to name the first Linux distro you ever used, we pretty much knew that the choice “Other” would take the day.
That’s because we wanted to be completely neutral, so the ten choices we offered besides “Other” were just the top ten distros from the Distrowatch “Page Hit Ranking,” which meant that those who started their Linux life with something other than Debian or SUSE in the pre-Ubuntu era were not represented.
To be sure, “Other” did win the day, accounting for 326 of the 582 votes cast.
As always, those who went off board and voted for “Other” were able to “write-in” an answer, this time being the distro that got it all started for them in the Linux world. This resulted in two firsts for FOSS Force polls. For starters, it was the first time that “Other” was the most popular answer. It was also the first time that some of your write-in answers drew more votes than many of the answers offered in the poll. In fact, four of the top ten answers were supplied as “Other” answers.
Your answers also showed us just how diverse the readership here is. Not only did we see a lot of you offering up the usual suspects, such as Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora, we also got reminders of Linux’s rich history. It was somewhat gratifying to discover that some who visit here first tried Linux using long gone but not forgotten distros such as Yggdrasil and Soft Landing System.
Because so many of the votes in the poll were written-in, therefore not counted by our polling software, the vote tally offered by the software doesn’t really tell the entire story and we’re displaying it here, below on the right, only as a point of reference. The real story is in our manual tally in the list below, on the left, which includes ranking, name of distro, and number of votes cast. We’re sure you’ll find this truly to be a stroll down GNU/Linux memory lane.
- Red Hat–91
- Soft Landing System (SLS)–6
- Yellow Dog–3
- Pardus (Turkey)–3
- UHU-Linux (Hungary)–2
- Damn Small Linux–1