In the olden days (2002-06
), I ran Gentoo as my main OS of choice. Initially, I enjoyed the thrill of discovery while following the guide on doing a semi-from-scratch install. After a time, I could practically do it from memory using a Knoppix LiveCD. I was truly a geek.
Eventually, however, the administration (updates, mostly) started to become a PITA. The distro was also going through some ..."interesting" times. My view started to drift elsewhere.
I decided to try an upstart Debian-based distro called Ubuntu. It was simple, though brown
. And it had a very nice update manager which allowed me to poke a couple of buttons to keep the system current. As I am getting old & lazy, it seemed to fit the bill. That it also had fairly stable LTS versions was icing on the cake.
Well, due to the relative inability of Ubuntu to seamlessly update from one LTS version to another, my desktop is seemingly stuck on Dapper Drake/Firefox 1.5x/OO.O 2.0x. I long for the days of Gentoo's install-once-and-update-forever paradigm, yet am not really looking forward to going back to worrying about compiler flags and slots. I would also miss the usability and simplicity of Synaptic.
So, the question is: Are there any distros out there which offer the usability features of *buntu/Synaptic with the non-necessity of a reload every couple years a la Gentoo? Opinions please!