The FOSS Force Poll
The voting is all done for the second round of our poll to decide which GNU/Linux distro our readers would choose to receive our “Reader’s Choice Best Linux Distro” award for 2015. As in round one, Arch Linux won the day. The poll results are considered to be more a measure of a distro’s community support than any indication of a distro’s technical merits.
The first round of our poll was a qualifying round, which Arch won as well, racking up 1,376 votes. The second round of voting was “winner take all,” and with the voting lighter than in the first round, Arch still managed to put together 592 votes. In all, 2,625 votes were cast in round two, which was active for seven days.
While Arch’s taking of the gold wasn’t much of a surprise, given the distro’s commanding performance in the qualifying poll, round two results below the top slot were a little different from what we expected. Elementary OS took second place, with 502 votes, just three percentage points behind the winner. In the qualifying round, Elementary wasn’t even offered as a poll choice and only made the final round due to a write-in campaign from the Elementary community. Involvement by the community was also responsible for the distro’s strong second round showing, with the distro using its Twitter account to rally users to participate in the poll. Elementary users launched something of a rally during the final hours of the poll, and it looked for a while like they might pass Arch, which was ahead throughout second round polling.
Fedora, which placed second in the qualifying round didn’t do so well this time, making a ninth place showing with 120 votes. Linux Mint was the number three vote getter in the final round, after a fourth place showing in the first round. The complete results of the second round poll can be seen on our poll archives’ page, with a complete listing of round one in the FOSS Force article announcing the second round.
Unfortunately, the people at Arch Linux don’t win anything other than bragging rights and a little bit of free advertising. We can’t write them a big check or take anyone on the Arch team out for dinner or anything like that, but we have created a nice graphic proclaiming them as the “Best Linux Distro 2015” winner, which will stay on our front page until this year’s winner is decided sometime next Jaurary.
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