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Best Distro Poll: MX Linux Wins Qualifier; Final Round Begins Tomorrow

Last updated on January 12, 2023

The qualifying round of the reboot of our annual Readers’ Choice Best Linux Distro Poll ended today with MX Linux at the top, followed by Linux Mint in second place. The top 10 vote getters from this round now go on to the second and final round of voting, which will begin tomorrow afternoon at about noon Eastern Time.

Screenshot of MX Linux with the KDE desktop
Screenshot of MX Linux with KDE desktop. Source: MX Linux

Editor’s note: The final round of voting in our poll began on Thursday afternoon and will run through Wednesday. For your convenience, you can vote from this page.

Which of these distros would you choose as the ‘Best Linux Distro’ in 2022?

  • Fedora (33%, 1,507 Votes)
  • Pop!_OS (19%, 874 Votes)
  • MX Linux (11%, 489 Votes)
  • elementary OS (9%, 399 Votes)
  • Ubuntu (8%, 354 Votes)
  • Linux Mint (5%, 237 Votes)
  • Debian (4%, 201 Votes)
  • EndeavourOS (4%, 190 Votes)
  • openSUSE (3%, 154 Votes)
  • Manjaro (3%, 140 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,545

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The votes for the opening round of our Readers’ Choice Best Linux Distro have been counted and MX Linux becomes the distribution to beat in the second and final round of voting that will begin at noon Eastern Time on Thursday.

In all, there were 788 votes cast in the preliminary round of voting that began on January 4 and closed at noon on Wednesday after running for a week. 749 of the votes in this qualifying round were placed in our official voting platform, with 39 write-in votes cast in the comments section on the polls page. Two of the write-in votes were disqualified, one for listing more than one distro, the other for listing a distro that was included in the official poll.

For the first time since we’ve been running these polls, none of the write-in distros got enough votes to qualify for the final round, so the top ten distros on the poll that just ended (pictured below — starting with MX Linux and ending with EndeavourOS) will be the candidates for the final round polling that will go up tomorrow.

We’ll have more information for you about this poll, along with some information about some prizes that will be awarded to the winning distro, when the new poll goes up tomorrow at noon Eastern Time. Below are the results from the first qualifying round.

Which of the GNU/Linux distros listed below would you choose to win the FOSS Force ‘Best Desktop Distro’ Award for 2022?

  • MX Linux (17%, 125 Votes)
  • Linux Mint (13%, 96 Votes)
  • Fedora (13%, 95 Votes)
  • Other (11%, 86 Votes)
  • openSUSE (11%, 80 Votes)
  • Debian (8%, 61 Votes)
  • elementary OS (5%, 38 Votes)
  • Ubuntu (5%, 37 Votes)
  • Manjaro (4%, 28 Votes)
  • Pop!_OS (4%, 27 Votes)
  • EndeavourOS (3%, 22 Votes)
  • KDE Neon (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Garuda (1%, 11 Votes)
  • AlmaLinux (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Zorin (1%, 7 Votes)
  • PCLinuxOS (1%, 4 Votes)
  • antiX (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Kali (0%, 3 Votes)
  • ArcoLinux (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Linux Lite (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 749

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