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3 Books Giveaway: Hacking Vim, Lighttpd and Xen Virtualization

3 Book Giveaway Contest

I’m happy to announce book giveaway contest, where you can win PDF version of one of 3 books mentioned below. All you have to do is leave a comment and let us know your favorite Linux distribution and why you like it. The winners will be announced on May 27th (the first birthday of this blog).

How to enter the contest

All you have to do is leave a comment with one of the following or both:

  • What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
  • What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?

Contest Prize

Three random winners will be selected from the comments and receive the PDF version of one of the following book. Contest is open to everybody.

  • Book for 1st Winner: Hacking Vim (A cookbook to get the most out of the latest Vim editor)
  • Book for 2nd Winner: Lighttpd (Installing, compiling, configuring, optimizing, and securing this lightning-fast web server)
  • Book for 3rd Winner: Xen Virtualization (A concise guide for professionals working with the Xen hypervisor to support multiple operating systems)

Contest End Date: Tue, May 26th 2009, Midnight. Winners will be announced on May 27th (First birthday of this blog)
Update: Contest is closed now. Three random winners was selected from the comments.

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  • e-Minguez May 11, 2009, 9:32 am

    DISTRO -> Debian, REASON -> It simply rocks 🙂
    EDITOR -> Vim, REASON -> When you have learn the basics, it’s FAST

  • Jeremy W. May 11, 2009, 10:01 am

    Favorite Linux Distribution: Gentoo – I love the flexibility and the control you have with it. Portage rocks as well.

    Favorite Text Editor on Linux: emacs – After learning it a few years ago, I’ve slowly converted away from IDEs like Eclipse, IntelliJ, and others to emacs due to its speed, control and integration into all parts of the development cycle. I was hesitant at first, since I learned using GUI IDEs and such, but now that I’m proficient in emacs, I try to do everything in emacs.

  • Steven Ong May 11, 2009, 10:21 am

    favorite Linux distribution: UBUNTU
    Why: very user-friendly

    favorite Text Editor on Linux: vim
    Why: I was (short of) grew up with it

  • Fer-thor May 11, 2009, 10:21 am

    My favorite Linux distribution is slackware, and my favorite text editor it’s VIM.

    Cheers from Argentina

  • victor vargas May 11, 2009, 10:22 am

    What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    I like Debian of course, apt system and lot of package in their repository with a lot of documentation and communities are the best, I use Ubuntu too for my desktop users but it’s ok 🙂 . Honestly any of these three books it’s fine for me hehe.


  • Sylvain Lamontagne May 11, 2009, 10:29 am

    > What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    My favorite Linux distribution is Ubuntu, I used to be a Gentoo user and I also developed my own flavor of Arch Linux, but the ease of use that Ubuntu was offering me was a bless. I just finished my Engineering Degree in Information Technology and did not have enought time to “manage” my day-to-day Linux OS. So, Ubuntu was clearly a good choice for me.

    >What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    My favorite Text Editor on Linux is the Console Vim, I never get used to the UI version. It’s in my opinion very powerfull and the macro stuff get me when I had to parse and modify a long list (about 3000) of items.

  • Balraj Veeraiya May 11, 2009, 10:30 am

    1. My favorite Linux distribution is Fedora Core 10. I like very much this because of stability and latest technologies.
    2. My favorite Text Editor on Linux is VIM, I like very much because of the script color differentiation and easy to understand.

  • Fredo May 11, 2009, 10:31 am

    I’m using Ubuntu Linux (8.10 at the moment) because:
    – I’ve always done so since switching from this strange other system I used before (widows I think was the name, hm)
    – It works
    – It has a great community
    My favorite Editor is vim
    – never leave your keyboard
    – speed, power!
    – works everywhere (ssh …)

  • s.vijay May 11, 2009, 10:36 am

    my favorite editor is vi as it widely used. My favorite Linux Distribution is Red-Hat. as red-hat has made a trend that server means Linux

  • Tomik May 11, 2009, 10:36 am

    1) My favorite distro is Archlinux, because on his websites are very useful manuals (how to install, how to config…, etc.), new versions of programs are very soon in the repository. My favorite on server is Debian.

    2) My favorite editor is Vim, is usable on any Linux system and I don’t need Xserver for playing with him 🙂
    But I still don’t know all his features 🙁 I need win 1st book (Hacking Vim) 😀

  • Layton May 11, 2009, 10:41 am

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    I didn’t use a lot of Linux distributions. I use Redhat 5 thru fedora 5, CentOS4 and RHEL1-4, SuSE 10. I like most the SUSE, probably because I didn’t use it’s old version and new versions of any OS is better than old OS of other versions.

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    My favoriate text editor is, of course vim, especially gvim. My opinion vi and emacs are both awesome but master two is not necessary. I happened to be with vim more due to my team’s choice. The point is once you mastered one, you don’t need the other.

  • Enrique Verdes May 11, 2009, 10:42 am

    About my fav distro it depends on what I want to do. For my deskto my choice goes to Mandriva. Has everything I need, don’t need to spend lots of time to configure and customize and is pretty easy to mantain. For servers, used to like SUSE, but lately my choice is CentOS, because of availability of software, hardware compatibility with major vendors, and simplicity of configuration and management.

    My favorite editor is, of course, vim. Although I’m not a master, I feel at ease with it, and I’m shure I can find it in any Unix I have to work on, so, this alone, is a big driver to stick with it.

  • GraphiteCube May 11, 2009, 10:48 am

    >>>What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?

    I like Debian GNU/Linux most. I have tried a number of distro. in the past, Fedora Core (now named Fedora), Ubuntu (too bulky to me as desktop) and Gentoo (installation is too difficult to read and follow for beginner).

    I have a home server and I want it to serve as a web server and file server. I chose Debian as it is very stable, all hardware in my old IBM PC are supported, the package management tool (APT) makes me feel very comfortable to install new packages. Debian is very stable as each release has taken long-term testing by Debian team and other users, my server can then just sit here and serve me for years Oh, by the way, Debian is free too.

    >>>What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?

    Well I don’t really have an answer for this question, but I prefer using Vim. When I was still a beginner of Linux, I like nano most, as I didn’t have to remember those commands and key combinations like Vi(m). However, later I found that Vi(m) has been used in many places (such as cron) and it is available on almost all BSD UNIX/ Linux distro., so I decided to learn how to use an editor (Vim). Vim is a powerful editor, when you know how to use it, it can help you work better than using GUI text editor.

  • Rudiger Wolf May 11, 2009, 10:50 am

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution?
    AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?

    -Debian based with large friendly community, and Mark S is from South Africa (So am I.)

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux
    AND Why is that your favorite editor?

    -Cross platform, free, powerful and great tools for python scripting.

  • Yu Huang May 11, 2009, 10:54 am

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    Ubuntu. Because of its rich software repository.
    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    VIM. It is so powerful and customizable.

  • David M May 11, 2009, 11:09 am

    Favorite Linux Distro:
    Desktop: Ubuntu
    Why: User friendly, stays pretty current on versioning of apps, great community, and large repository of apps.

    Server: Mostly using CentOS for servers. However Ubuntu Server has been getting some roles in our infrastructure as of late.
    Why: CentOS is mainly used for RHEL compatibility. But I do prefer a Debian based distro for apt.

    Favorite Editor:
    Vim hands down. Although I’m still trying to master it. It is fast, powerful, and widely available.

  • Ryan May 11, 2009, 11:12 am

    Ubuntu: It is one of the easiest distributions to administer in a production environment. And it’s fun!

    Text Editor: I would say Vim, but I use TextMate way more, which unfortunately is only for Mac.

  • Frank Sun May 11, 2009, 11:14 am

    1. Debian, it provides some excellent tools to smoothly upgrade, such as apt, aptitude.
    2. Vim, because of its powerful customizability, and it almost exists in every *nix platform.

  • Jorge Espada May 11, 2009, 11:14 am

    Distro: Debian
    Why: Stability and Security–Strictly Free Software–runs on eleven different computer architectures–Simpler

    Editor: Vi
    Why: Powerful, customizable, and you can find it on every *NIX

  • sylvarant May 11, 2009, 11:19 am

    Favorite Linux distro :
    * Archlinux
    It’s lightweight and simple. The community is also great.

    Favorite Editor :
    *gVim, vim is awesome and having it in a flexible gtk shell makes it even better

  • John P May 11, 2009, 11:20 am

    What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    -Ubuntu for desktops/laptops: simple, hassle free installation plus supports most hardware I’ve run into
    -Redhat for servers: primarily for their enterprise support although I do use Ubuntu for my personal servers
    -Damn Small Linux: I keep a bootable DSL CD & thumb drive with me for emergency uses

  • Nemo Zimmer May 11, 2009, 11:21 am

    Hi there,

    1. Well, Favorite linux Distro would be Debian. Debian because of its stability, and their strict way of testing packages before official release. I have had nothing but good luck with that Distro.

    2. Favorite text editor is not an easy one, as I do love VIM, but my lazy ass makes me use other ones. Coming down to it, NANO is my choice, as I use it more than VIM 🙂 (Call me n00b if ya want haha) 😀 For more advanced editing like CRON etc etc, VIM is da shit though, and can NOT be replaced. Damn, I can not make up my mind….

    VIM it is! 🙂

  • John P May 11, 2009, 11:22 am

    Favorite editor: vi mainly out of habit and because it’s available on most of the other OS’s I have to deal with

  • KCDesi May 11, 2009, 11:23 am

    RHEL 5.0 because that’s where I can run many of our enterprise class database servers..

    Vim for its versatility.


  • Milan Cvejic May 11, 2009, 11:23 am

    My distro of choice is Red Hat Enterprise… Set up, configure, and than manage it try their web interface… I can manage virtually unlimited numbers of servers just with one click 🙂

    Anyone said user friendly? This is admin friendly 😛

  • Ryan May 11, 2009, 11:24 am

    My favorite Linux Distro is Ubuntu because of it’s stability, community, and frequent release cycle!
    My favorite text editor is VIM because of it’s entire philosophy focusing on simplicity. It gets done what I need to get done and it gets it done faster.

  • Stanislav Poljovka May 11, 2009, 11:26 am

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    My preferred distro on desktop is openSuSE a lot of years, because more commercial software is supported on this distribution. But I am considerating to choose another distro (probably Ubuntu). My favorite distro on server is CentOS which is free and supported by commercial sw.

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    I use two kind of editors:
    – for ‘simple’ kind of text files I use vi or vim. This editor is standard on all distros and other unix like OS (as Solaris, *BSD, HPUX, …)
    – for Java and Web coding I use IDE – Eclipse. Why? I am contented with this IDE.

  • Lucas O. May 11, 2009, 11:29 am

    I had the opportunity of work with several distributions in my work, like RH, SLES, OpenSuSE, Conectiva. But definitely, I kind a lot Debian. It was the distribution that I used when I started learning Linux. I like its simplicity and robustness.

    Regarding the editor, I prefer VIm. Most of the server has editors like Vi, so I think it’s better to have habits using this kind of editor.

  • Ayodeji Okikiolu May 11, 2009, 11:37 am

    My favourite linux distro is CentOs. I am able to practice all commands sent by Geekstuff to my email seamlessly without any problems. As a security enthusiast, i am able to tweak and harden my distro to nth level because all the files follow the standard linux file system. I am able to set up my own homemade IDS because the files are where they should be(Unlike other distros).
    My favourite editor is the VIM Editor because the learning curve is not too steep.
    It is easy to use and follows standard keyboard commands. It is customizable and not as complicated as the original V.I editor

  • nymgeek May 11, 2009, 12:06 pm

    Ubuntu for the ease of use and repositories.

  • Mauro May 11, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I like Mepis; it has the force of Debian and the simplicity of Ubuntu

    I like vim. I use it everywhere and in every situation

  • george May 11, 2009, 12:12 pm

    Favorite Linux distribution: Open Suse
    Can be easily updated
    Tools and controls are easily found and are intuitive.

    Favorite Editor: VIM
    Quick to use.and can be used all platforms.

  • Marcelo May 11, 2009, 12:15 pm

    At work I prefer CentOS for its stablility and server hardware support.
    I prefer vim, as I work mostly via ssh and its features and really good…

  • Tony Cucci May 11, 2009, 12:26 pm

    What is your favorite Linux distribution?
    Ubuntu – both for desktop and server.

    Why is that your favorite linux distribution?
    User friendly with alot of apps.

    What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux?

    Why is that your favorite editor?
    Powerful – still learning how to use all the features.

  • Vivek Ayer May 11, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Favorite Distro: Arch Linux
    Why?: Arch Linux is FAST! I can run it on my 300 MHz Toughbook and still have it startup in less than 20 seconds. I guess i686-optimized seems to work. Arch is not bloated either. You stay true to how much hard drive space you say you use.
    Favorite Text Editor: Vi/Vim/GVim
    Why?: I’m not on a GUI all the time, especially when doing network troubleshooting on my OpenBSD router. Vim goes where you go and the command keys are very easy to use once you’ve looked through the cheat sheet or gone through vimtutor.

  • Reinhard May 11, 2009, 12:27 pm

    My favorite distro is Ubuntu: The Debian package system and realy easy to use.

    My favorite editor is vim because it rocks!

  • Pedro Parra May 11, 2009, 12:40 pm

    The distribution I like is openSUSE, Yast is a awesome administration tool. I like Kate to edit files, it has a lot of interesting features.

  • Rajat May 11, 2009, 12:47 pm

    My Favorite Linux distribution RHEL 5.X is very powerful all the tools and living in open source i always suggest use vim or vi is very fast to do any work…

  • rg May 11, 2009, 12:47 pm

    I currently like Ubuntu best for my desktop. APT rocks and that’s why I use Debian on servers.
    The best text editor is Vim because it’s fast, powerful, highly customizable and supports many languages.

  • Jason May 11, 2009, 1:04 pm

    Distro –
    I’d have to say Ubuntu for now. My reason is this is my first REAL delve into a *nix desktop from Windows. I don’t have any experience compiling apps or kernels and with the huge support base, this seemed like the best transition solution.
    As for server, I SSH to our production system running Solaris 10, but we are migrating to RHEL 5.3 so we will see how that goes.

    Favorite editor – nano but really need to sit down and learn vim.

  • Tim May 11, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Linux Mint – its user-friendly, nice community, big repositories [Ubuntu/Debian], rock solid, Gnome with nice art work, with helpful terminal tools so it’s fun to work with bash.
    For HTML I use Bluefish or Gedit, Terminal Joe or Nano. Since now there was no time to learn Vi 😉

  • mo May 11, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Favorite Distro = Ubuntu: The user community is really a plus. I can find workarounds at Ubuntu forums for most of the caveats I ran into.
    Favorite Editor = Vim: I don’t like Emacs’ keyboard shortcuts.

  • Francisco Fiesta May 11, 2009, 1:44 pm

    Ubuntu “Ultimate Edition”.

    I find Ubuntu as a ‘ready to use’ Debian flavour. I know it’s not exactly Debian, but I can use all my Debian knowledge (which is not wide at all), though there are some built-in differences.
    And as I said: it’s a ‘ready to use’ distro: no need to download drivers for my wireless card from an ethernet one, no need to compile (and fight versus compiling errors) to use my webcam. I can be (almost) sure that, if something works in Linux, it does in Ubuntu.

    Ultimate Edition remasterization of Ubuntu is really beautiful and even more useful than the original Ubuntu, because of all those pre-installed applications that let people that comes from Windoze environment realize all the software that can be found in Linux.

  • zimon May 11, 2009, 1:50 pm

    Distro: Ubuntu because it has a big community, supports most hardware and is installed easy
    Editor: Vim because it’s very fast and powerfull. The best editor I know.

  • Drini May 11, 2009, 2:07 pm

    My favorite distribution is ArchLinux. I started with Debian Potato many years ago, which I downloaded over dialup during a whole week.

    I moved into gentoo a couple years later due to the increased customizability, but gentoo went hairy and then I moved to another distro: I needed it to be binary with source installation possible, I wanted it to be minimal but not bone-dry. And then I discovered archlinux.

    Much later I moved to ubuntu for about a year and half, but I was always discovering things instaleld that I didnt’ want to, and it became a cat and mouse thing, so I settled back again to archlinux and I’ve been happily ever after.

    My favorite text editor used to be gvim, but now I’m more inclined to pick geany as my default editor, it’s simple, it has suport for python + latex via plugins and it’s small. Not that I dislike now vim, which I still frequently use, it’s just that geany is starting more and more often as days pass by

  • Phil May 11, 2009, 2:08 pm

    Distro: Ubuntu, because I can get a fast, stable up to date desktop in no time. If I had time to futz around, I’d go with Arch or Debian though.

    Editor: Vim all the way, because it’s very fast and does exactly what I need it to do.

  • Brett H. May 11, 2009, 2:17 pm

    Distro = Fedora – it was the first one I learned (back when FC1 came with the book I bought) and since it’s RPM/Yum based updates were easy for me to learn, I just haven’t seen the need to change [although I play with about 12 other distros when they’re released].

    Editor = gedit – when I made the switch, it was closest to notepad. It’s fast, reliable, easy to use and since I don’t do programming, there isn’t a driving need for a super-duper editor. (When SSH’d into my servers, I use emacs for it’s quick learning curve).

  • Rohan May 11, 2009, 2:23 pm

    My fav distro is Ubuntu..support is amazing and tools are very cool!.Gedit and Vim are among my fav editors,hard to choose among them

  • Nico May 11, 2009, 2:45 pm

    Distro – Debian/Ubuntu, because everything (just about) is just an “apt-get” away. Packaging is far easier then RPM. Everything “just works” – which makes me concentrate on code and not on always fiddling to get the system just right.

    Editor – Vim. Awesome editor once you know your way around. I spend about 10 hours a day in Vim 🙂

  • scott May 11, 2009, 3:33 pm

    Ubuntu: for ease of use, current software, great community and access to help.
    vi: had to learn it in University for a research project. Fits my needs. No need to look for something else.

  • Giridhara Tadikonda May 11, 2009, 3:58 pm

    like CentOS because this is more than sufficient for my needs. I use vi editor.

  • Chuck McKnight May 11, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Distro -> Ubuntu
    Why -> Works well as a desktop and server, Debian-based, let’s me focus on my work not fiddling around all of the time to make sure things work, current, and updated frequently

    Favorite Editor -> Vim
    Why -> Let’s me keep my hands on the keyboard, installed by default in some form almost everywhere, provides great scripting capabilities

  • Rafa May 11, 2009, 4:39 pm

    My favorite distro is Slackware. I began with it some years ago and back to it the past year(only to demostrate a friend that ubuntu is user friendly and slackware has another target). The better… nothing was changed in all theses years!! 🙂
    As editor I like vim, I like your versatility. It has a learning curve but when you pass the curve you need it to edit in every place(sometimes I use netbeans with a nvi plugin without it… it isn’t the same).

  • Hai Vu May 11, 2009, 4:40 pm

    I like Xubuntu linux because of its ease of use, clean and lean user interface, and VMWare support on the Mac

    I like vi and now vim:
    – keyboard-only, no mouse non-sense which allow me to keep my hands on the keyboard and not wasting time reaching for the mouse
    – Very simple, yet very powerful
    – Fast
    – Ubiquitous: found on most Linux, Unix, Mac systems

  • gswer May 11, 2009, 4:52 pm

    vi forever!!
    I use it from a first Unix versions for PDP 11.
    Unfortunately, there is not a flavor of Linux, that has so long history.
    Now I have to administrate mainly RHEL and SUSE.

  • James May 11, 2009, 4:57 pm

    Distro – Kunbunu – Installation, updates and upgrades are easy. I don’t have to do a major song and dance to watch DVD’s or listen mp3’s. It’s easily modifiable (putting software in the normal places (Fedora would go nuts)

    Editor – Vi(m) If you work as a Unix Admin you got to know it. It’s the only editor that you can find on every Unix/linux out of the box except Gentoo.

  • Mike May 11, 2009, 5:37 pm

    My fav use to be Suse, but now it is Ubuntu. I am a user not a command line guy so I like how it detects and install so well. Updates are a snap as well.

    My text editor is Open Office 3.0. I didn’t even bother to install MS Word on my new laptop. It does all I need and a lot more.

  • manojvajram May 11, 2009, 5:42 pm

    My fav. linux is ubuntu 9.10 which I am using now. I can do all the work that I done on winxp. I am using ubuntu for the last 1 year. Before that I used rh8,rhel4,rhel5,fedora upto 10. suse, and debian. But I got maximum satisfaction from ubuntu.
    My favorate editor is vi – simply the great… for the last 18 years I am working on *ix systems and I enjoyed to works with vi – vim obviously.

  • tom May 11, 2009, 6:01 pm

    DIST : CentOS
    REASON :Im using RHEL for work. So Cent is good to learn about RH type of linux.
    EDITOR : Vim
    REASON : Simple reason. All menber of my PJ is using vim.

  • Iraklis May 11, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Desktop: Sabayon. I can tweak (fiddle with) it as much as i want and once i (eventually) break it i can have it up and running in half an hour.

    Text Editor: Vim: lets me type really fast, it’s really light weight, and pretty modular.

  • chisiyuan May 11, 2009, 6:29 pm

    My favorite distro is Ubuntu. Because it is well configured to meet the need of end-users, and I need not bother to set everything up. Just install it and enjoy!

    My favorite text editor is vim. Vim is really powerful with the various commands and flexibility.

  • Karthikeyan May 11, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Distro -> Ubuntu

    Why? -> Easy to install inside windows and portable

  • wudi May 11, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Ubuntu, very friendly, it is the right dist for freshhand.
    Vim, it can do most work that other tools cannot

  • John May 11, 2009, 7:09 pm

    Distro- Fedora – it is stable and its forum is active. This makes it easier to discuss and brainstorm for answers to most issues.

    Editor – Vi – have been using it all the while and it has becomes 2nd nature

  • Louis May 11, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Everybody wrote English I to write Chinese .
    I love linux . Because it can do many thing which vista not to be able to do .

    My favorite Linux distribution : 我最喜歡用ubuntu ; 現在正在使用ubuntu 9.04 and win vista (雙系統).
    Why is that your favorite linux distro : 因為他是我第一個使用的OS , 再加上他很簡單 , 所以我很喜歡 . 最近也在玩open suse and win7 覺得open suse使用者介面整合度高非常有商業的架式 , 而win 7是來插花的 XD

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?

  • notbambam May 11, 2009, 8:17 pm

    Ubuntu, it has a whole host of easily installable apps, and comes in a great default configuration, saving me a lot of time in a crunch.

    Vim, as it allows me to open up my documents quickly, edit them efficently, and then save it and get on with my life.

  • elleryq May 11, 2009, 8:28 pm

    My favorite linux distro is Ubuntu.

    1. Because it is really easy to use.
    2. apt is faster than yum …
    3. Release cycle is stable. There is a new version every 6 months.

  • Arun Rajagopalan May 11, 2009, 8:42 pm

    My favorite is Fedora, but my wife likes Ubuntu. For me Fedora has been very stable and is poor man Red-Hat replacement and Oracle 10g runs like a charm on Fedora. My wife is just a desktop user and needs easy to work with distro and she is happy with Ubuntu.

    I have mostly used vi. And I like it.

  • abanggeh May 11, 2009, 9:53 pm

    Distro : Debian of course!
    reason: its complete distribution, easy to install, upgrade and development

    Editor: Vim
    reason: Fast! for searching and replace. I really love it. 🙂

  • Neo May 11, 2009, 9:57 pm

    Favorite Linux distro : Debian
    Why: User-Friendly interface & security updates are very strong.

    Favorite Text Editor on Linux: Vim
    Why: Lots of tricks are there.

  • Juan Lopez May 11, 2009, 10:47 pm

    * My dilemma is between: PCLinuxOS & Ubuntu. PCLinuxOS offers (my opinion) the best point of entry for a Win-User when considering Linux. The Manager makes configuring and installing everything a piece of cake. Ubuntu offers flexibility and great development opportunity; nevertheless, stability is a great issue within Enterprise environment. Both have Great community supporting and solving everybody’s problems.
    * My favorite editor: no-brainer ….. Vim …. provides support for everything: Code writing, text editing, just the common copy&paste.

  • Vivek Sathe May 11, 2009, 10:55 pm

    What is your favorite Linux distribution?

    Why is that your favorite linux distribution?
    CentOS stablility and flexibility and hardware support with complete features.

    What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux?

    Why is that your favorite editor?
    Very easy for new people in Linux. More flexible for operation, no need to remember options. Easy searching and other options for new people in Linux.

  • Tehmul Ghyara May 11, 2009, 11:12 pm

    Favorite Distro: OpenSuse Why: Strong out-of-the-box config, hassle-free video/audio support, inclusion of Java, Flash
    Favorite Editor: Vim Why:Nothing else comes even close.

  • Diju Pavithran May 11, 2009, 11:31 pm

    Q) What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?

    A) CentOS,
    1) The stabilty and security which we expect in an enterprise class distro, with our the fear of licencing issues
    2) The excelent repositories
    3) Frequent release cycles

    Q) What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?

    A) VIM
    1) One you are through the basics, its quite easy
    2) The extend to which it can be customized
    3) I really like the macros in VIM
    4) The syntax resemblance with other tools like sed, awk which have the orgin from ed.

  • zero May 12, 2009, 12:14 am

    I am using Ubuntu((Desktop / Server)), why?

    – Good For beginner to start using Linux and learn
    – Easy to use no complication in installing new software or configuration ,……
    – Stable ,Flexible,Excellent security defender .

  • Tapas Mallick May 12, 2009, 1:08 am

    I love to use ubuntu as it is flexible and easy to use.
    My favorite editor: vi/vim of course.

  • kolle May 12, 2009, 1:15 am

    Favorite distribution:
    Fedora/Centos – why: Because I’ve been wearing that hat for more than ten years and I know where things are stowed away.

    Favorite editor:
    For scripting and source code fixes vi(m) – why: It’s always (well, almost) there – even on remote non-graphic servers or embedded systems
    While developing software I use Eclipse with its built in editor, because I get a lot more convenience

  • Flynets May 12, 2009, 1:16 am

    Distro: debian, because it’s powerful and relaxly
    Editor: vim, beacuse it’s faster than others.

  • belbrux May 12, 2009, 1:43 am

    My favorite distro is Ubuntu.
    I am using it since 2 years and it is very userfriendly and if you have a problem you find fast help on their forums.
    I strongly advice it for any beginner or if you wish to leave big blue.

  • Williwow May 12, 2009, 1:47 am

    Distro: OpenSuse 11.0, why?
    1. Yast2 is a great tool for all configuration tasks – no messing around in config files.
    2. immediate compatibility with german umlaut characters in filenames on samba- fileshares (ubuntu didn’t support those out of the box)
    3. set up also a opensuse-server (no X) and loved yast2 (textbased) for doing this
    4. repository administration and software management works very well

    Text editor:
    vi!!! (had to start with it the early 90s and learned to love the efficiency of text commands), loving the mythical aura of vi 🙂

  • maroto666 May 12, 2009, 1:52 am

    DISTRO: Ubuntu, because i’m getting lazyer every day, and it just works fine for me.
    EDITOR: for quick’n’dirty shell jobs, nano. Why? A long time ago, I started in the *nix world using pine & pico, until I get emacs for ada coding.

  • stergios May 12, 2009, 2:31 am

    Favorite distro:Ubuntu
    1) Ease of use
    2) Stability
    3) Large and helpful community
    4) Superior package management system
    5) It’s the only distro that is user friendly enough to compete the proprietary M$ systems and bring more and more advocates to the open source community

    Favourite Editor:
    Vim because it is simply ubiquitous

  • Manfred May 12, 2009, 2:46 am

    Distro: Ubuntu (at works and private); User-friendly and good philosophy

    Editor: Vim; Use vi since 1989, because it is available on all Unix-systems. And of course it is a good editor.

  • NARDI May 12, 2009, 3:33 am

    It must be Gentoo. The linux spirit shines at you from a shell while Emerging the World. The only realy DIY distro with great and dependable users base. ( And it’s the most sexy anyway! )

    And editor.. I feel a bit repeating but its again and again.. VIM. To be honest.. I never tried emacs, the great rival of VIM, but after reading some tutorials here (about macros and ctags etc.) I don’t thing I ever will.

  • johny_b May 12, 2009, 4:03 am

    my favourite distribution is Gentoo. I like many things about Gentoo. The way I can set it up and customize according to my needs I like the most.
    My favourite editor is Nano. It’s light and easy to use.

  • rossidan May 12, 2009, 4:19 am

    Favorite Distro: Gentoo –> flexibility
    Favorite Editor: VIM –> fast

  • crane cai May 12, 2009, 4:40 am

    Ubuntu is the favorite disto: it is easy to use, and high configurable and update feature

    Vim is the favorite editor: fast to editor, and source browsing

  • Luke Slater May 12, 2009, 5:02 am

    Mandriva is my favourite distro because of it’s powerful administration tools, without shafting you into using a GUI like Ubuntu and similar. The URPM* package management tools are also simply amazing – I couldn’t live without it! They always implement the best modification of the desktop environment of the time (KDE4.2.2 at the moment!) because of the fantastic development team they have.

  • Pushpraj Nimbalkar May 12, 2009, 5:15 am

    Distro: Fedora
    Why: More stable…easy to troubleshoot……easy package management…..
    editor: vim
    why: simple and fast

  • stefan kraatz May 12, 2009, 5:37 am

    DISTRO: ubuntu on the desktop, debian on the server both for the same reasons, they are very stable and very userfriendly
    EDITOR: vim, because there is a tool called vimwiki, that works very well for for GTD/Knowledgebase

  • kay May 12, 2009, 5:41 am

    distro : ubuntu, because of popularity = community support
    editor : vim, powerful plugins

  • Nanjundi May 12, 2009, 6:34 am

    My favorite linux distribution is Ubuntu, for the following reasons. My favourite was redhat since v3.x (1995) and switched to ubuntu around FC3 release.
    * Very low operating system maintenance cost – most of the needed device drivers are available, didn’t had to compile 3rd party drivers like I did on FC3. Also applied to recompiling the kernel for various reasons. Ubuntu lets me do my actual work without having to spend too much time on it.
    * Excellent package manager that gives good searching ability with automated package updates including linux versions with one simple button click.

    My latest favorite text editor is gedit because of numerous plugins it has to make coding easier. I use nano and vi for remote edits.

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux
    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?

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  • danilo May 12, 2009, 6:40 am

    DISTRO: Slackware, because I like the KISS philosofy.
    EDITOR: Vim, because it’s too powerful while it’s too simple.

  • spawnrider May 12, 2009, 6:56 am

    I play too !
    I very interested on lighttpd book 🙂

    Thank for this contest and happy birthday ^^

  • TImo May 12, 2009, 6:57 am

    DISTRO -> Debian. Rock solid package management, even 10 years ago. Graceful version upgrades.
    EDITOR -> VIM. Fast, simple and no kitchen sink or psychiatrist.

  • reto May 12, 2009, 7:45 am

    * Favorite Distribution:
    Gentoo: it makes you learn how Linux works; very flexible; gives the user the choice about how his system should look like; nearly unlimited choice of available packages thanks to overlays; easy to quickly add new packages thanks to simple ebuild system; if something can’t be done with Gentoo, it can’t be done with Linux 😉

    * Favorite Text Editor:
    This question is quite general. It mainly depends on the task. For development, a fully integrated graphical IDE can’t be beaten in my point of view. For configuration or scripting tasks, I prefer vim. Very customizable, powerful and still lightweight. Finally for writing real texts I use vim and texlive.

  • Daniel May 12, 2009, 7:49 am

    My favorite distro is Ubuntu, primarily because it was easy for me to set up for myself and my family. It has also proven easy to support for my family (via telephone).

    I prefer to use gedit. I do a lot of development and appreciate a simple gui with copy/paste functionality.

  • Nelson May 12, 2009, 8:33 am

    SimplyMEPIS is my favourite distro because it makes simplicity ( the MEPIS Assistants ), really simple besides having the top notch debian administration utilities and stability.
    My fav editor is kwrite because it of syntax usage, lightweigth and GUI

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  • AB May 12, 2009, 9:10 am

    Distro: Ubuntu.
    1) Debian-based
    2) Release schedule
    3) User-friendly out the box

    Editor: Vim
    1) Got addicted
    2) Tried a lot of editors, but vim still better

  • Valentin Born May 12, 2009, 10:07 am

    HI, my favourite editor is vim – because i find it (or some other vi) on (almost) every *nix system.

  • Seraphyn May 12, 2009, 10:39 am

    Using Debian, you want to know why?
    There is not other Distribution where i could say, i bet my life for this one, because it is absolutly stable.
    Funny? Nope, i’m using it since 6 Years and it do not f’me up like SuSE, Ubuntu or other ones.

  • amate May 12, 2009, 11:57 am

    Favorite Linux distribution: Slackware – KISS , stability.
    Favorite Text Editor on Linux: vim – powerful, flexible, lightweight, cross-platform.

  • Robert Wolf May 12, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Ubuntu is ready to go minimum setup.

    Vi is user-fast, i.e. fast for users who like to keep their hands on the keyboard and not moving to and from the mouse all the time.

    Not sure about virtualization, do we need yet another layer of software between the user and the machine. The cpu spends more time going up and down all these layers of software, i.e. intrepted scripts, virtual java machine, multi-layered kernel, virtual os and now cloud computing.
    Jeess, when is it going to end.

    Is simpler not better, gui’s are becoming like 3d animated movies?

  • George Martin May 12, 2009, 7:17 pm

    The only distribution to use is Slackware. I first discovered Linux in 1993 or so with the .9x kernel. Many battles with hardware issues and lack of drivers caused me to learn how the operating system really works and what it takes to keep it running on minimal hardware. Since that time I have seen distro after distro come and go and most are modeled after the maintainer’s personality. Most of them want to force you into their idea of what Linux should be. Slackware doesn’t do that in the least. If I need a server to run without intervention for years I have found Slackware will allow that to happen. If I want a desktop or notebook with all the gui bells and whistles, Slackware will allow me to do that too. PV doesn’t force his ideas on anyone and after 16 years I am still using the lessons I learned from my very first version of Linux in my daily administrative tasks. In a word, Slackware lets Linux be Linux…

    Favorite text editor? I suppose that would be vi because after the great amount of time I initially spent figuring out how to save my file and exit I didn’t want to waste that hard earned knowledge by switching to emacs! ;^p

  • Hui May 12, 2009, 8:57 pm

    My favor linux distribution is Ubuntu, because “apt-get install” command and how-to docs are easy to get on Internet.

    And vim is my favor editor,because it has so many commands, I prefer to complete tasks without mouse.


  • Suriakumar Ramamoorthy May 12, 2009, 9:59 pm

    very stable, trouble free
    vim – simple to use and fast

  • Mike May 12, 2009, 10:38 pm

    CentOS- Stable and widely used in enterprise applications.

  • gamma7 May 12, 2009, 10:57 pm

    I like Debian best of all, because it is stable with the little disadvantage not to have the latest version of a program or a driver, has a clear conception, a social contract and is designed to be updated.

  • gamma7 May 12, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Favourite editor is vi, because it is the standard on every unix/linux-system and its concept is used widely, as in visudo, less and so on.

  • Michael Rodrigues May 12, 2009, 11:04 pm

    favourite linux distro : KNOPPIX. live and loaded !!
    I have been using this for quiet some time now.. quiet please with it, i’e tried all sorts of tricks with it.

    Favourite Text Editor: Gedit in linux, and Notepad++ in windows. both have good regocnition of a lot of the software languages availble.

  • mostafa May 13, 2009, 12:24 am

    Favorite Linux Distro: RedHat
    i’m using it now for 2 years and it rock solid,flexible,easy,supported very well,fast,no troubles…etc
    favorite text editor: VIM,it’s wonderful almost for everything

  • Andreas Mischinski May 13, 2009, 12:32 am

    favourite linux distribution : Ubuntu (I prefer the LTS version 8.04)
    Why ? : debian software repositories and long term support powered by a company => long productive environment
    favourite editor : vim
    Why ? : runs on every unix / linux system (even mac OS X 😛 ). if you have to work with different unix and linux systems this editor just works.

  • Soren Munk May 13, 2009, 1:00 am

    Gentoo for my serveres. fast, clean and easy to maintain
    Kubuntu for my desktop. dont need the micro management that gentoo provides on my desktop.

    Vi, it’s just faster and better than everything else

  • Adrian Casey May 13, 2009, 4:57 am

    Vim is my favorite editor because it is devastatingly powerful without getting in your face. With a few keystrokes, I can achieve more than other editors which require constant switching from mouse to keyboard. Vim works at the console too – no X session required.

  • myszek123 May 13, 2009, 6:06 am

    Ubuntu: runs fast on a devide that i can hide in my pocket
    Vim: runs fast on a device that i can hide in my pocket

    I can earn money fast on a device that i can hide in my pocket.

  • Jerry Zedler May 13, 2009, 7:07 am

    I like Ubuntu. It has the most complete and feature rich range of apps and utilities. It also has, by far, the best plug and play of any dist I’ve seen yet. It detected and configured my 3d vid on version 8.04 and its only gotten better.

  • vinodh May 13, 2009, 9:52 am

    My favourite linux distrubition is (a)Ubuntu and (b) redhat the reason is,

    A.since apt is easy to update any packages,and its easy to work

    B.since redhat is good on virtulization and good for scripting too

  • Chris R. May 13, 2009, 10:22 am

    My Linux OS preference is KDE OpenSuse, but the gnome version is ok to. Reasons
    1. Installation is a breeze in opensuse. The GUI is very simple to use and also makes dual booting with windows easy.
    2.Also part of installation, many new motherboards are not supported by any of the linux distro’s. Opensuse has simple commands to during install for such issues.
    3.Very Stable. Many times after installing drivers or updates some of the other distro’s go into a command line interface after a reboot for repair. (this is mainly ubuntu and I am still working on why this keeps happening, I think it is due to sli)
    4. Simplified driver installation is much easier to use on openususe. You just have to add a repository and then update.
    5. Actually the #1 reason great support. The people that help on their forums are great. They will hash out an issue with you till the problem is resolved. They also do this for newbs to linux, patience is lost alot of time for new guys.
    The best text editor has to be Bluefish. Some people like lighter programs such as pico, but bluefish has many great features that are must have haves.

    1. The layout for the gui in bluefish just can’t be beat.
    2. Simplicity in doing searches.
    3. It is also nice for xml or html. Numbered lines, highlighted syntax, and just a great layout for working on those type of files. I don’t look into html that often, but I do look into xml and lua files alot, mostly lua.
    4. It also has many other features that have to do with projects, remote files, and bookmarking, but I haven’t got into using these features yet.

  • madskaddie May 13, 2009, 10:49 am

    DISTRO=”Debian GNU/Linux” . For its great techical flexibily (many ways to install, from a gentooish debootstrap to GUIness), non obscured configurations (unlike Ubuntu); There are a lot of reasons why it is the father of so many distros. For its social project and contract. Although its greatest strength is its greatest weakness: stableness and release cycle. And of course, for Toy Story 😉

    EDITOR=vim. Used to be emacs(in fact I like them both) but vim not only vim is everywhere (unix language), as I used to use a pack: nano+emacs (because of emacs start times); Now is just vim. Also, hacking is so much simpler (there are ‘(no ‘(lisping) parenthesis)) and integrates very well with mutt, which is my email client.

  • Dimitrios May 13, 2009, 12:03 pm

    My first contact with the Linux operating system was with Ubundu .
    But now my favorite distro is CentOs-5 .
    For editing i prefer to use vim , this was my first editor that i had used and it contains all my basic needs …

  • Michael C May 13, 2009, 6:46 pm

    I’m new to Linux, so I have two favorites: Fedora 10 and openSuSE 11.1. I started learning FC10, it was the first distro that allowed for me to use my wireless USB device. I am becoming fond of SuSE for it’s extensive admin tools.

    My choice of editor is vi. I had to learn it for an engineering class, so I have continued to refine my comprehension.

  • Lawrence May 14, 2009, 12:00 am

    What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    My favorite Linux distro. is CentOS and OpenSUSE.
    CentOS is for Server and OpenSUSE is for desktop, both of them are stable.

    What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    Well, vi is my favorite text editor, fast and runs everywhere.

  • treebeard May 14, 2009, 12:53 am


    apt-get… i just can’t quit you.

  • MattH May 14, 2009, 2:22 am

    Favorite distro – Ubuntu, cause it’s easy to use.
    Favorite text editor – Vim, coz it makes me forget my mouse.

  • eks May 14, 2009, 2:37 am

    My favorite Linux distribution: Fedora.
    You know i’m a beginner, and Fedora is my favorite after trying some of the popular distributions. In factor I almost fall in love with it at the first sight.
    Favorite Text Editor : Vim.
    I have not tried as many Editors as possible, Vim is the one i’m using and learning. However i think it’s powerful enough to be my favorite.

  • Huaiyang Zhou May 14, 2009, 5:46 am

    I used to like Mandriva, but now I’m fond of using Kubuntu. because ubuntu series have better community support in China.

  • barghest May 14, 2009, 6:16 am

    I fell in love with Arch Linux.

    It’s fast and leightweight. I came from Ubuntu but I never learned that much about Linux as I’ve done with Arch Linux in a much shorter time.

  • Jon May 14, 2009, 9:40 am

    My favorite distro is Debian unstable. I have been using Debian since about 2002. The sheer number of packages available for Debian is phenomenal, and apt resolves dependencies automagically. I tried Ubuntu but found it unsatisfying and switched back to Debian.

  • David May 14, 2009, 9:46 am

    I use Mandriva 2009.0 and my favorite editor is emacs

  • Matt S May 14, 2009, 10:19 am

    Fav Distro: Fedora – Modern Linux Operating System that’s RPM based. Ever tried to build a “.deb” package? Yeah, I prefer RPM.

    Fav Editor: Hands down, VIM all the way. Used to use Emacs in my work, but it slows me down too much. I find that with VIM I can cut coding time in half. Also like ActiveState’s Komodo Edit with VI emulation mode!!

  • Mike Bane May 14, 2009, 10:27 am

    I like Fedora because of its stability and ease of use.

  • Saravanan N May 14, 2009, 11:11 am

    My Fav text editor is Vim. 🙂

  • ptk May 14, 2009, 11:22 am

    Favorite Linux: Debian

  • MJA May 14, 2009, 11:54 am

    Fav Distro: Ubuntu…. it just works….

    Fav Editor: vim… Once you master vi nothing compares….

  • Carlos Yslas May 14, 2009, 1:25 pm

    My favorite distro is slackware because it is fast, secure an stable.
    My favorite editor is vim because is the most powerful editor all over the world.

  • Rodolfo May 14, 2009, 2:22 pm

    -My favorite distro is Sabayon because it has most of the drivers such as Nvidia, Intel and ATI so people get really impressed when i boot it up from my usb 🙂

    -My Favorite Text editor would me mousepad because is really simple yet fast! ^_^

  • Michael Wagner May 14, 2009, 2:40 pm

    Debian Sid is my favourite distribution and I like it so much because of the ideologie which stands behind Debian. Also the number of packages which are available for it and the use of apt, which solves the depencies of the packages very well makes me happy.

    My favourite editor is vim because I can make with it all the things that I have to write.

    Thanks for your site. I have found here many tips which tweaked my work.

  • Phaniraj May 14, 2009, 3:11 pm

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?

    Fedora …. frankly I never thought of trying anything apart from that because it is cool.
    I get multiple applications for the same purpose …. I never felt a need to think any os apart from fedora 🙂
    I can get all required devices or applications to work so fine with that.

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    Vim …. is there anything easier than that ? I have not come across that still.
    Main attraction is regex support, substitution, deletion … this allows to format text files to desired format.

  • littledanniel May 14, 2009, 3:22 pm

    Linux distro: SimplyMepis

    The only distro I tried that can set up Internet connect, video and audio automatically without any hassle on my old PC (could not even install windows on it).

    Text editor: Vim – its customization through vimrc, ctag, and autocomplete functions are non replacable. It is the editor I used for programming.

  • Nick May 14, 2009, 4:05 pm

    Distro: Ubuntu.
    Because a majority of things just work. Also, i like the ease of use. Plus, apt-get is cool.

    Text Editor: nano.
    I am going to have to say nano. I find it quick and easy to use when in the command-line. I am aware of the power of vim and do want to learn it, then I’ll make the switch.

  • Jill May 14, 2009, 4:46 pm

    I like UBUNTU much for being user-friendly, being a newbie to Linux is like as easy as pie because of Ubuntu. VIM is my favorite editor, so simple but powerful and I appreciate Geek Stuff for its vim lessons. This site makes my life easier. Thanks and more power!

  • Kevin May 14, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Distro: Ubuntu. It’s simple, and has an inviting community.
    Editor: Vim. I used to be an Emacs guy, but Vim won me over in the end.

  • adam May 14, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Distro: Debian
    Because packaging and installation is very easy.
    Editor: Vim – nothing is impossible in vim, we can do anything and everything.

  • Travis Lyons May 14, 2009, 10:43 pm

    Distro -> Arch, Super fast distro that lets you build your system exactly how you want.

    Editor -> Vim, does everything I need and then some.

  • S.RAGHU May 15, 2009, 12:00 am

    distro – RHEL
    editor – Vim

    Why – grew up with them

  • humboldtux May 15, 2009, 12:16 am

    > What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    I run Debian for its philosophy, because it’s widespread and has a lot of supported packages.


  • Anonymous May 15, 2009, 3:50 am

    For the simplicity of maintenance, and the support from the community.

  • Damir Markovic May 15, 2009, 4:54 am

    Distro: ArchLinux is my favorite distro cause it is fast, stable and most of all because of rolling releases. I was thinking a lot between Gentoo and Slackware and Arch won! 🙂
    Editor: vim is my editor of choice. I was using it from the very start of using Linux and now I am addicted. Many times in my texts I find ‘:wq’.

  • eldesh May 15, 2009, 5:15 am

    my favorite linux distribution is
    “openSuSE N(10.0<=N<11.0)”
    because I like rich distribution that have many many packages
    and SuSE’s packages are ‘latest stable’ revision.
    So, I can enjoy installing latest softwares and use peacefully 🙂

    my favorite editor is Vim7.
    I can’t move cursor without [‘hjkl’] keys !!

  • Robert Garron May 15, 2009, 5:52 am

    * What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    Well I have used Debian, Red Hat/Fedora, Ubuntu, Slackware, SUSE, and a few others and by far —- DEBIAN is the most complete distribution out there from the point of being a system – Debian has most if not all of the drivers that make Slackware a great distribution, Debian has the ease of use and choice that Ubuntu is known for, Debian has the security and stability and functionality that SUSE is known for, and Debian has a much better package distribution system then Red Hat/Fedora. In fact, Debian operates on many architectures at the same time of BEFORE other distributions, such as Alpha Processors, Itanium Processors (both 64 bit systems), and of course all of the Intel processors both 32 and 64 bit. The only other distribution that I would consider enterprise is SUSE, as with Debian, SUSE can contains (out of the box) extensive file system functionality that blew me away when it was able to map and read both VMS (an operating system from Digital Equipment Corp – now owned by HP) and Microsoft file systems down to the record level — RMS in VMS and NTFS in Microsoft.
    Yeap – Debian is by far the best of all I have found to date.

    * What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    Hmm, unfortunately I do not have a favorite Text Editor as I use Vi, VIM, GVim, Emacs, X-Emacs, Qt, Kdevelop (an IDE with a text editor of choice embedded in it – I have all of my favorite text editors configured for use), Kate, Nano… so many editors with a few unique or useful functions… but I have to admit — in a pinch I use simply vi the most. 🙂

  • williams May 15, 2009, 12:13 pm

    DISTRO: GNU/Linux Debian because is simple,powerfull, wonderfull and beautifull

    EDITOR: VIM because is easy, simple, fast and excellent to make programs when you learned 🙂

  • testor May 15, 2009, 2:32 pm

    My favorite distro: Ubuntu Linux – because is based on Debian and is what my computers love 🙂

  • Sunday May 16, 2009, 6:21 am

    Distro: UBUNTU;Easy to use, rock solid, community support, patches and updates, and converting people to the Linux world.
    Editor: VIM; Availability,fast and I enjoy it

  • Tony Becker May 16, 2009, 1:08 pm

    I like OpenSuse because it gives me the most with the least aggravation. I stopped using RedHat when they stopped supporting the desktop. I stopped using Mandrake/Mandriva when it didn’t include enough packages to build cscope. I’ve looked at Ubuntu but I wanted a distribution that supported gnome and kde.

    My favorite editor depends on what I am doing. I ususally use vim but if I am looking at someone else’s code I like xemacs.

  • Gregg Hughes May 16, 2009, 3:06 pm

    Of the distros I’ve used, CentOS is hands-down my choice for servers. It lacks little from its upstream cousin, and whatever is missing can be easily brought in.

    On the desktop, or actually laptop, I chose Ubuntu and have only had a couple of “issues” that I eventually worked out. It runs on an HP Pavilion laptop and hasn’t given me a lick of trouble.

  • Dan Vigliotti May 16, 2009, 9:07 pm

    What is your favorite Linux distro?
    It depends on the situation here. For personal computers, Ubuntu. Ubuntu was my first real dive into Linux on the desktop after switching from Windows and I found it very easy to use. The support/community is extremely helpful with problem solving and general learning.

    For servers, RHEL/CentOS. The stability of these products is unmatched. I work in an environment where we have to build and maintain a large number of Linux servers in horizontally scalable clusters and the support tools that these distros provide greatly reduce the amount of work we do.

    What is my favorite text editor?
    Vim – I use Vim for editing in both Linux and Windows because of its ease of use, speed and data protection. I can do all of my editing without my hands leaving the keyboard at all.

  • Alex May 16, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Xubuntu – light and easy. I also love the mouse – call me cheap.[
    Vim – the first real one I learn while doing a lot of manual xml code scrubbing (don’t ask).

  • jansarz May 16, 2009, 10:41 pm

    What is your favorite Linux distro?

    My favorite distro is Ubuntu because is very easy to use, the capability to recognize devices and its simplicity to modify its apereance is nice, before I tried to use others like mandrake (now mandriva) or fedora core but in a little time and with my limited knowledge to modify errors I returned to use windows, now is diferent becasue I can learn at my time.

    What is my favorite text editor?
    Vi and gedit!!! because not all time you have a GDM or KDE, and in many servers only there are text plain and vi have the simplicity and power necesary, and gedit is very simple to use

  • Jagadish May 16, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Arch Linux. Boots fast. Can be customised to have just the services you want. Does not start background programs or services without your explicit knowledge. All customisation can be done by editing one or two configuration files. Rolling releases. Great community and wiki. What else do you need?

  • SK May 17, 2009, 8:03 pm

    My most favorite Linux distribution is Ubuntu. It is because it provides a stable upgrade between different version.

    Of course, Vi is my most frequently using text editor, both under windows & Linux.

  • JTech May 17, 2009, 11:21 pm

    I do PrestoMyPC because it boots in 10 seconds and shuts down in 4.
    I like Komodo Edit; It is cross-platform, does tag completing for javascript, supports a tabbed, multi-pane interface, and is all around powerful.

  • James OConnell May 18, 2009, 10:23 am

    I’m particularly fond of the CentOS distro. I like it because it combines rock-solid stability with reasonably-recent and useful updates to industry-standard utilities and apps. — I don’t have to worry about bleeding-edge developing things breaking my systems, yet the applications are still considered leading-edge in terms of stability and test. The user community is generally professional and advanced-hobbyist, rather than beginner, and is really second-to none.

    My favorite editor is vim — I’ve been using it for nearly three years, and after an intense two-week introduction to it, I will never willingly go back to any other editor. Muscle-memory is strong, and since it’s available on so-many platforms, I can carry my .vimrc file on a USB thumbdrive, and I’m good-to-go almost anywhere. The fact that so much editing can be done via the ‘ex’ (command-line-like) interface on just one line is simply elegant and efficient. Love it!

  • Bytevic May 18, 2009, 2:03 pm

    1) My favorite distro is Ubuntu, why ??, Is perfect for novice or profesional, and the software on the repositories is so huge.
    2) My editor are scite, is simple, powerful and multi-plataform

  • George Vlasov May 18, 2009, 3:15 pm

    My favorite Linux distribution is Damn Small Linux (DSL) because of small size -50 MB.

    Favorite editor – Vi, because you can find it on any linux distribution.

  • Hrishi May 19, 2009, 1:42 am

    Linux Distro – ubuntu
    Editor – ui – gedit
    cui – vi
    Why – ubuntu is simple, good to use and provides nice security

  • No-NaMe May 19, 2009, 4:05 am

    Favourite distro: Ubuntu 9.04
    Ubuntu is working well to create an user-friendly experience, the previous releases where too slow and not a lot of configurable, but this distribution can be aceptable and i thik that the canonical guis are working fine at present

    Favourite editor:
    gedit, I use it, y dont like a console interface editor, they have a lot of probles whit some keyboard konfiguration.

  • Tomislav May 19, 2009, 6:30 am

    Favorite linux would be hard to pick but Ubuntu and Arch are my favorites because of stability and plug’n’play of ubuntu and bleeding edge concept on Arch suitable for learning and exploring beautiful world of penguin. Text editor of my hart is old school editor named Vi. 🙂

  • miguel arellano May 19, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Distro: Debian … because of the stability, makes anyone who uses it, study and learn.
    Editor: Vi … is there any other out there? 😉 vi rocks!!!

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009, 3:23 pm

    My favourite linux distro is PC Linux OS, because it has good graphics (they llok just like MS Windows Vista’s), and because it is small and I like that it doesn’t take forever to install.

  • Myself May 19, 2009, 10:13 pm

    Favorite editor: vim — as lot of tips & tricks makes the usage interesting.

    Favorite distro: Ubuntu — as it is my desktop.

  • Yoshikatsu Yoshida May 20, 2009, 2:05 am

    My favorite Linux distribution is CentOS. Because it is OS that is the nearest the content of LPIC.

  • Gautam Kashyap May 20, 2009, 2:54 am

    **Favorite Linux Distribution – Red Hat Linux**
    Becoz its a very powerful operating system for servers. In my Organization there are 12 servers are imlemented on RHEL.and they are performing very well.

    **Favorite Editor- Vim
    Bcoz it works everywhere (ssh) and having more customizabilaty.
    i mostly use Vim editor

  • Rami May 20, 2009, 4:18 am

    What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?

    I liked RedHat Fedora at the most.
    I see it simple and easy and at the same time it is powerful.

    What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    Vim, No whys… it is just the best, SIMPLE!

  • Steve Romanow May 20, 2009, 8:51 am

    Ubuntu. I am very partial to apt, and support SABDFL in his companies attempt to bring linux goodness to non-computer people. I find that the debian way (of config mgmt for example) is sometimes strange, but it makes sense and is always for my benefit. See Linux Sucks at Lunkduke.com for more thoughts on this vein.

    vim all the way babyyyyyy. The other editors are nice and I wish them well, but you have to choose a tool and use it exclusively so you can master it. Using them all leads to confusion and I dont need to knowhow to use them all. Vim skills are very portable (ala vimperator for firefox, vim bash binding, etc.)

  • Agustin May 20, 2009, 9:22 pm

    Distro — Fedora, because it renews constantly

    Editor — for console activities vim

  • Gord J May 21, 2009, 10:01 am

    Thanks for the contest!

    Favourite distro: Ubuntu. It’s the only distro I’ve installed on my old Dell Inspiron 700m laptop that worked right out of the box. But I’m falling in love with Arch Linux, too.

    Favourite editor: Vim. It’s installed everywhere. No fun becoming a GEdit guru and then having to administer a GUI-less machine. Or a whiz in joe and then administering a machine without it installed.



  • Jeff May 21, 2009, 11:43 am

    Ubuntu, because resolving dependencies manually is a pain.

    vi, because once you get used to it, nothing else even comes close

  • nw May 21, 2009, 12:28 pm

    ubuntu – I prefer Debian distros, and ubuntu’s regular updates help guarantee hardware support with no required updates.

    vim – it’s always available and always works as you expect.

  • JasvendarSingh M. Chokdayat May 21, 2009, 4:18 pm

    My Favourite Linux-Distribution is Fedora. Because

    =>It is purely free ware open source distribution.
    =>it is one of oldest distribution of Linux with many utility suportted by command line.
    =>In all today’s new Distro, Everything is available in GUI Forms, So any one who has worked
    in fedora, in command line options, can work easily on today’s other linux distribution.But vice-versa is not true.
    =>Thus Experience in Fedora provides Strong Base Foundation For Linux Developers/Experts. Because in GUI anywone can work, but if we have worked with the command line option then we can easily troubleshoot with today’s newer distribution.

    My favourite Editor is: Vi Because

    =>it is very easy to use editor with many flexibility of options.
    =>it provides Thesaurus Features, Automatic spelling correct, Auto complete words,line features, Dictionary Support and much more features.
    =>So i always prefer vi is best editor.

  • C M Norton May 21, 2009, 4:38 pm

    Ubuntu is my favorite distribution. It has a great user community, and most of their releases have installed on a wide variety of hardware we maintain. Although I use KUbuntu and Ubuntu, my leanings are slightly towards Ubuntu, simply because it appears to be supported a little better.

    My favorite text editor is a tie between Lugaru’s Epsilon and vim. I am tending to use vim more and more as time goes on, however.

  • SpitFire May 22, 2009, 4:32 am

    my favorite Linux distribution is Fedora and Ubuntu. both are perfect to manage servers without a lot of bugs .

    Gdit is my fvorite text editor on Linux .

  • Nasrin May 22, 2009, 4:55 am

    fev distro : I havnt tried many distros, but I use fedora, upgrading/installing things with yum is really easy and I love kde.
    fev editor : vi and kwrite, GUI tool kwrite is really good when you are writing scripts.
    VI is the best to process data with regular expression, best non-x window editor, and it comes stranded with every distro.

  • J.A.J. Pater May 22, 2009, 5:32 am

    Fav. distro is Ubuntu – great support – works very well.
    Fav. editor is Vim – just great shortcuts.

  • hockeyaddicts May 22, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Favorite Linux distribution: Ubuntu
    Why: very user-friendly

    Favorite Text Editor on Linux: vim
    Why: Been using it for a long time and very very used to the look and feel of it. Often I type vim specific commands in other text editors thus leading to more frustration and reliance on vim.

  • Fred Valcho May 22, 2009, 2:16 pm

    My favorite linux distro is quite simply Fedora-10! I like that I can it minimalistic, or load it on an x32 i86 or an x64 dual core. It has all the function I like, I make make it look like Windows (why?), I can run a VM in it, I can run dozens of apps! What else is there?

  • tokyogamer May 23, 2009, 9:02 am

    What is your favorite Linux distribution AND Why is that your favorite linux distro?
    It is Backtrack3 -> It has all the bells and whistles someone can have.
    What is your favorite Text Editor on Linux AND Why is that your favorite editor?
    Kedit in two words; its simple

  • Sigurður Jónsson May 23, 2009, 3:57 pm

    Ubuntu is my favorite – it just works. Easy and stable.

  • Raphix May 24, 2009, 11:45 am

    Preferred Linux Distro : ArchLinux. Why ? Because it’s simple yet powerful and highly tweakable. Pacman (repository tool) is really good and fast. Rolling release concept : every 6 months, you don’t rebuild your system from scratch (cf ubuntu, from gutsy to hardy, for example).

    Preferred Text Editor : Vim. Reason : it’s fast & powerful.

  • Bojan Popović May 24, 2009, 12:56 pm

    My favorite distro is Slackware. I know, I know. A lot of people call it the dinosaur and I must confess I’m not using it currently, but it was one of the first distros I ever tried. Slackware’s term of simplicity is not what most of Linux user base consider as simple but for us geeks it’s perfect. Hackable, simplistic, using vanilla packages and somewhat stuborn. If I would consider any other distro over Slack, that would be only Arch. It bares the similarity in terms of so called “simplicity” but brings in some nice improvements.

    My favorite editor is VIM. Very powerfull and extensible. I could compare it to electronical robots. If you know the commands, you can make it dance & sing, cook your dinner, clean your house and change the TV channel. Almost…

  • AJ May 24, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Fav Linux distro would have to be Debian because of apt, a great package manager, the commitment to user freedoms, and the excellent stability.

    My favorite text editor is vim. It just feels like my left hand at this point and keeps me very productive.

  • Rubens Altimari May 24, 2009, 3:28 pm

    Favorite distro -> Ubuntu

    I ‘grew up’ on the Windows world, not Unix. Even though I’m very knowledgeable in systems administration (for Windows – yes, there is such a thing) and programming, the transition to the Linux/Unix world was difficult, because I wanted to know as much as I do in the W-world. Thus I was postponing it forever.

    With Ubuntu everything became easier – I could go over the most basic aspects of configuration easily, since it’s a distro very concerned with user-friendliness and stability, and then I could start to dedicate time for each topic I wanted to learn in depth with calm…

    Nowadays I have an HP notebook with Ubuntu 8.10 and Windows Vista, and a MacBook with Leopard, Windows XP and Ubuntu 9.04, and I thank Ubuntu for helping me get to Linux and Free-BSD at last!

  • Votre May 25, 2009, 1:42 pm

    Favorite distro – Ubuntu

    I look for two things in a distro: extensive software selection and technical information. What good is having the “newest,” the “best,” or the “easiest” if your choice of apps is limited, and information on how to use (or fix) it is hard to come by?

    I frankly don’t care about ease of use, graphical splendor, or bleeding edge features. What I do care about is a distro that has the most extensive set of software repositories and technical information (including 3rd party books) available.

    Ubuntu has both.

    And that’s why I call it my favorite distro, even though the phrase “preferred distro” would probably be a more accurate description.

  • Kjetil Midtlie May 26, 2009, 1:12 am

    A) Distro is OFCOURSE Ubuntu. ( Xubuntu inbetween 😉

    B) Text Editor fav is VIM ( w Nerdtree + FuzzyFinder + MiniBufExplorer ) .. but I must admit that I have been using Eclipse+OxygenXML more than VIM these last years.

    Recently I have been dropping more and more JAVA in favor of RUBY and I believe that VIM will be my 1st choice in the years to come !

  • Tommy Skarateppen May 26, 2009, 1:29 am

    Favorite distro: Ubuntu
    Why: Has all you need

  • Andrey May 26, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Distribution: Slackware, because it is like Windows, only better. Both Slackware and Windows are integrated platforms designed so that it is easy to build virtually anything on top of them. Slackware is better because it is easy to fix and I am not afraid to break it. I also like Patrick’s timing: KDE 4 was added exactly when it became usable, now 64 bit support is added exactly when I started thinking about a 64 bit system.

    Editor: Eclipse, because I normally use a text editor working on some project and I like everything to be integrated. Vim is the close second since it can be easily scripted in Ruby.

  • ku May 26, 2009, 8:41 pm

    My favourite “distro” (actually such distros are called meta-distros) is Arch Linux. Why?
    Because it gives you full freedom to do what you want. There is no bloated “all you (don’t) need” pre-installed software, you just choose what you need. And there are no outdating distro (repositary) versions, the software is always bleeding-edge. You have to set everything up yourself, which is pretty straightforward with the installation handbook and there are lots of howtos in the internet. I also love BSD-style init and the great rc.conf file. No more thinking of different runlevels and searching for many little configuration files for basic system settings – you just configure your system in one file and tell there what modules or daemons you need to start with the system. It’s way easier to set up an Arch system than to change Debian’s or Ubuntu’s settings if you don’t have much experience with Linux at all.
    But the really best thing about Arch is it’s freedom to choose how you install your software. You can install binary packages with (in my opinion best default package manager) pacman or build everything with the great FreeBSD-ports-like ABS system. There is also a “user-maintained” AUR system – if something is missing in the default repositories, you can just create a build script and upload it to the AUR page. Now everybody can use that script to install that software. And there is the package manager yaourt – it uses pacman for binary packages and it uses AUR as well – it will download the build script, let you oversee and change it (it will show you all the comments other users can leave on the AUR page to all the packages as well, like pointing out mistakes in the script or telling you if the script can be malicious), it will install or build from AUR all the dependancies and build the needed package.
    So after all, Arch is just the perfect distro, which gives you all the freedom Open Source Software should have.

  • treuss May 27, 2009, 8:02 am

    Favourite Linux distro: Debian
    Why? Debian is stable, free and uses apt

    Favorite Text Editor on Linux: vim
    While you are using vim you are getting faster and faster

  • rick jackson May 27, 2009, 9:34 am

    debian – it has distros for every processor you can imagine and few that I didn’t know existed
    vi – it is always there and very powerful – command line (non gui) is very important when you are working on slow connections