Read MoreEnd of the year, the final scores. Let me tell you my version of the best of the best, for Linux distributions that came to be in 2011. In 2009, I used several categories likes security, updates, performance, and others to grade different distributions, and then summed the score. In 2010, I simply gave you my interpretation, with various usage models as the crucial factor. This year, we will do a simple countdown, with top five nominees rated and listed.
Overall, 2011 was not a good year for Linux. Many a distribution flopped, with a significant decrease in quality. Gnome 3 virtually killed half the desktop base, and Unity did not help much either. There was quite a bit of forking and reforking, with old, classic names fading into obscurity and irrelevance. The next-year dream of Linux dominance is probably not going to happen, not in its current form anyway. Without further ado, let's declare the winners.
Good to see that Puppy Linux is still include even not in particular order.