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Michelle
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Do you have a main Linux distro or do you keep switching?

I wish I can stop switching, but I'm never satisfied after using a distro for about 6 months.

First I tried Mint, then Ubuntu, then Kali, and I'm currently using Zorin.

I still have a long list of distros to use, but I'm wondering if anyone else has a certain distro they use or if they're constantly switching.

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  • 6
    I use... Windows 🤢🤕
    I have to because of school related stuff 😑

    I switch between it and Kali.
    If I can manage to properly install Blackarch, I'll probably use it as my main xD
  • 9
    @Samaritan
    Ooh, you're starting to become a Linux user now. ;)

    I still remember the time you said, "What mod of Windows is that?"

    You're growing up too fast. c:
  • 7
    I am using Trisquel on desktop, Love it
  • 5
    @RantSomeWhere
    It's on my list, but at the bottom. I thought everyone was making a big deal out of Arch for now reason, but now I'm curious.

    I'll try it out next. :)
  • 5
    @Michelle lol
    Well I had a good teacher xD
  • 7
    But I am VERY curious about GuixSD, that distro seems cool and pure
  • 5
    *mandatory Arch supporter*
  • 4
    @Linux how good is trisquel?
  • 4
    Usually only Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based ones for me
  • 6
    I keep coming back to manjaro i3 edition, becuase I have to install os-s on a lot of machines quite frequently, I like arch and I couldn't be bothered yet to write an install script for my rice and system config.
  • 5
    @Michelle its pretty neat once you know what you want from yor distro, i tried it a couple times. I am the exact opposite of you tho, i have been using mint for a couple years now and i'm too lazy to switch :D
  • 8
    Using Arch now, * confession* just so I don't have to change default python to Python3. Is it to much to ask Ubuntu??? Is it???
  • 4
    I use mac for work (company computer), but I've used Ubuntu for a year and a half in my previous job.

    I've also used Mint, Fedora, Lubuntu, and a few others. My personal computer had Mint. I'll probably get back to Ubuntu in the future, and maybe try Arch to have a feel about it.
  • 4
    @shellbug I recommend antergos or manjaro but everybody forgets CentOS. It’s very stable.
  • 5
    @jeeper Oh, I forgot to mention centOS.
  • 3
    @NoMad that’s relative
  • 3
    I'm using mint now, but I'm thinking about to switch to antergos in a while
  • 8
    Ubuntu + i3wm 😍
  • 7
    I have mostly been on arch, but I do want to switch to some distro without systemd. The AUR tho... Void was amazing but no AUR :/
  • 3
    Started out with Red Hat back in the late '90s, then tried Slackware and didn't like it much. Tried early versions of Fedora and Ubuntu, then Arch Linux after a friend recommended it.

    Had a shot at building Linux From Scratch a couple of times but never stuck with it.

    Eventually settled on Gentoo for several years, despite always breaking it by not staying up-to-date.

    Finally switched to Debian and haven't gone back to any of the others since.
  • 3
    @AlpineLinnix
    Oh, I thought you've been using Alpine Linux lol.
  • 3
    I play around a lot. But I'm pretty settled on Fedora right now. It took pretty much everything I loved about Mint and just made it more up to date (repositories ). Plus I think I'm starting to like rpm over deb a lot. I came from linux Mint right before this. The main reason I stuck to mint was because of the similarities to Raspbian (similar deb family command line stuff). But as a software engineer I need the more up to date repos without breaking ppas all over.

    But I still play around a ton with different distros in a vm.
  • 3
    Having tried good number of distros (Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, Manjaro, Kali, DVL, Slitaz, Tinycore, Debian, etc.), at the end I realised the futility of it.

    I was switching distros more than the doing the work itself.

    Decided to stick with Ubuntu involves less tinkering and is easy to setup and can be used as a daily driver. This is my personal opinion. :)
    **Wonders if the Arch and other Linux distros users are triggered** 😅
  • 3
    Try KDE Plasma Neon....you will love it. It stops me from hopping from one distro to another.
  • 2
    I always go back to Linux Lite, but rock Arch as well on another computer. I have 3 linux machines, one with debian, one with arch and one with Linux Lite. I happen to use the one with Linux Lite the most though, although the others are fine as well.

    Its by far one of the most stable Linux distros i have ever used.

    Honorific mention for Centos,Manjaro and FreeBSD(not Linux tho) since I had to use them in the past. Really good systems.
  • 3
    My cure for distro hopping is arch linux. Sure you gotta do most of the stuff by yourself but the reason it cured my hopping is that I can install just about any desktop environment and stuff. I'm a man that likes change. I do try out different setups and arch allows me to do all that without installing another distro.
  • 2
    Arch Linux since 2009. I wanted a rolling release distro that I can integrate my tweaks against upstream continuously. With point release based distros you always have a big bang integration of your modification on top of the new major release which is just wasted time IMO.

    I update my Arch daily, so I have never broken my system, because delta is so small. In fact on my main PC I still have the 2009 Arch installed, up to date and in use.

    I could have the same workflow with Gentoo, but I liked the binary distribution aspect and KISS principle more in Arch. I rebuild certain packages from sources just have them optimized just for my setup.
  • 1
    Same advice here, praise the glory of Arch and its AUR.
    Jokes aside, I like it better because once you set it up it's even easier to configure or obtain the programs you want than other distros I tried. Just an example: when you set up something like samba or some obscure service you can follow the guide and really understand what each option does and not blindingly following a tutorial or guessing why the default configuration works, but not really like you want it to.

    I'm also trying to learn NixOS, damn that loosely documented system is great if you know how to use it. Just one (dozen) file and you can have the same exact system replicated wherever you want. That's great for CI and server management.
  • 3
    Used Debian/Ubuntu variant for few years before I discovered Manjaro, didn't switch to anything since then. Tried Arch before but I want to settle with user-friendly distro while getting the advantage of AUR.
  • 2
    I was a distro hopper, then I found manjaro and everything was good.
  • 2
    Gentoo, on three systems at home and on my work machines at three different companies since 2013.
  • 4
    Stuck on KDE Neon for a while now, love it!

    Although many people recommend me Arch, it's not for me.
  • 3
    @NoMad Depends, you can (if you go for the biggest iso) choose between at least 5 DE's and if you don't like those you can install one of your liking :)
  • 2
    I don't know if what I did was considered distro hopping but I did use Ubuntu, PhoenixOS, Debian, Raspbian, ChromeOS, Kali, and I think one or two I forgotten. But all of these were installed on a VM and see if I can do what I normally do on them before switching out of my Windows.

    Windows was fun but now I'm sticking to Fedora as my daily driver.
  • 2
    Been using the same Fedora Rawhide install for about 4 years now
  • 2
    I will throw my 2 cents in: Try NixOS!
    I've read some comments about writing a script to setup the system or change the default python version. If you take NixOS, which I am using since 2 years I think for my desktops and servers, you have one configuration fike for your whole system. You can rollback to each version of your system.
    I can really recommend it, it has a very friendly community. And PRs to the official package and system config repository are usually merged in a few hours.
  • 2
    Fedora for me ! And CentOS too.
  • 1
    Debian testing is a really good option. On my laptop I have it and on my desktop I have Arch. It's the distro that has longed more for me (excepting Debian, that's the distro that I used when learning)
  • 1
    I’ve stuck with kubuntu as it runs really well on my desktop and due to an issue with my laptop I can’t boot from anything besides the harddisk inside :v
  • 3
    @Lasagna

    Yeah some says that, but I do want to try GuixSD more than NixOS because it is endorsed and made by GNU

    @yendenikhil

    It is one of the most stable systems I have used.
  • 1
    Using ArchLinux with Gnome for personal devices. Debian Stretch for servers.
  • 1
    @rytzpekt I got interested by this discussion to try out something new. Seems that I found my answer in Darch.

    Skip NixOS learning curve, but get something similar instead and still use Arch.
  • 4
    @Michelle haha my name is a lie!
  • 2
    I have been using Parrot Security OS for about 3 months now and it's great, it has a lot of the same security tools as kali yet is equally good for programming and everyday use, I would recommend it for you as an everyfay OS.
  • 1
    @RantSomeWhere
    It wasn't my main OS. I wanted to try it out.
  • 3
    Started out using Ubuntu for a while but didn't really appeal to me. Then I started watching yt vids about Linux distro's and stumbled across Antergos and still using it to this day (about 2 years now). I do still want to try other distro's like openSuse and gentoo
  • 2
    comments - tl;dr
    I use Windows 10 with Ubuntu subsystem on my notebook and Ubuntu on my PC and I have them connected using Synergy so I can use my Ducky Shine 6 SE and wireless mouse on both of them without having to constantly move the USB cable and wireless receiver...
    I am happy with Ubuntu, it's a great distro if you don't need both 32 and 64 bit libraries at once.
  • 2
    This year I have gone with both Antergos and Solus before settling for Solus.

    It's been incredibly stable smooth running Solus the past with Budgie as it's DE.

    The only reason I went away from Antergos is due a problem that happened to me with a core package update that screwed the whole sudo command and I wasn't able to recover from it without reinstalling the thing.

    Highly recommend Solus.
  • 1
    I used various flavours/derivatives of ubuntu for several years, im now using manjaro GNOME.
  • 1
    Manjaro Gnome
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