Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
That time of the year again. Unlike the last time, where I created a number of important categories, like security, usability, support, stability, and others, and then examined how each of the selected Linux distributions fared in each, this time, I'll use a different scoring method.
For 2010, we will use brand new criteria. Rather than limiting ourselves to a small number of nominees, we will go wild with the range of distribution, and then take a look at their relative impact throughout 2010. For example, the best performing distribution in terms of good looks. Or the distribution with highest number of good changes or fewest security bugs. As always, this will be entirely subjective, so don't get pissed off after reading the article. If you find the end result unsatisfactory, write something and post a response of your own.
Biggest change in terms of GUI (a.k.a. looks)
Linux distributions change a lot, all the time. While there is some overall consistency in what they look like, sometimes, you get major overhauls. The theme is changed, the icons are replaced with a new set, and maybe even the buttons are shifted from right to left.