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Distro Madness: And your champion is…

Congratulations to Linux Mint Cinnamon: our first ever Distro Madness Champion. Cinnamon was a consistent performer, being well liked in every round and eventually coming out on top with 75% of the vote in our final round. Linux Mint Mate was certainly a worthy runner-up but fell just short.

A critic will say that we spent three months finding out that a group largely recruited from the Linux Mint community preferred Linux Mint as its distribution and Mint’s most popular desktop environment amongst the various Mint flavours. Next year I think that we will need to reach out to other communities and restructure our tournament to get the most out of this exercise.

But I personally had a lot of fund watching the results each week and seeing which other distributions had caught our community’s eye. In several cases, such as Feren OS, seeing the popularity of a distribution caused me to give it a second look.

I hope that our readers and voters took as much from this as I did. Now that we are complete I know that many of you will be curious about the results as a whole. While we know that Linux Mint was the most popular distribution, what about the others that contributed multiple DEs to the competition? Ubuntu fairly convincingly finished with the second most total votes but it is worth noting that Manjaro achieved its total with only two entrants (XFCE and KDE). Thus Manjaro seems to be fairly popular amongst our group. I’ve often referred to Manjaro as “Linux Mint for the Arch base”: maybe there is some merit to that?

DistroTotal VotesVotes/DE
Linux Mint424106
Ubuntu22332
Fedora13226
Debian11122
Manjaro11055

For those who really want to delve in to the results I have also included a sorted table with every distribution and the total votes it gained across the whole competition below.

RankDistroTotal Votes
1Mint Cinnamon139
2Mint Mate114
3Mint XFCE100
4MX Linux83
5Solus77
6LMDE71
7Ubuntu62
8Manjaro XFCE61
9Fedora-GNOME53
10Debian-GNOME50
11Arch50
12Xubuntu49
13Manjaro KDE49
14OpenSUSE46
15Kubuntu45
16Pop!_OS44
17elementary OS43
18Zorin OS42
19Debian Plasma40
20Ubuntu Mate40
21UbuntuDDE38
22Ubuntu Budgie38
23KDE neon38
24Lubuntu34
25TAILS34
26Endeavour OS33
27Fedora Plasma32
28Ubuntu Unity30
29Feren OS30
30CentOS30
31Peppermint OS30
32Fedora LXQt24
33Rocky Linux16
34PCLinuxOS15
35Bodhi Linux15
36Garuda15
37Kali Linux14
38Debian Mate14
39Red Hat13
40Mageia13
41Sparky Linux13
42Fedora Cinnamon13
43Ubuntu Studio12
44Linux Lite12
45Slackware11
46Parrot OS11
47OpenMandriva11
48AntiX11
49Fedora XFCE10
50Raspberry Pi OS (Raspbian)10
51Deepin10
52Gecko Linux10
53Puppy Linux9
54Scientific Linux9
55Gentoo7
56Nitrux7
57Debian LXDE7
58Alpine7
59Sabayon Linux7
60Oracle Linux5
61PureOS5
62Chromium OS5
63Ubuntu Kylin3
64Slax1

Thanks again everyone for your participation. Looking forward to bringing this back “bigger and better” in 2022.

Cheers

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