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Favorite Distro Summer '12

Arch
11% (207 votes)
*buntu
24% (452 votes)
Fedora
8% (157 votes)
Mdv/Mageia/ROSA
3% (65 votes)
MEPIS/AntiX
1% (13 votes)
Mint
15% (283 votes)
openSUSE
15% (287 votes)
Sabayon/Gentoo
3% (56 votes)
Debian
9% (167 votes)
Slackware
4% (70 votes)
other
6% (118 votes)
Total votes: 1875

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