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Rather than "switch" to another distro, my suggestion would be to install one or more of these 'advanced' distros, alongside your current one(s) - don't replace what you're comfortable with just yet. Experiment with some other distros and see what you think; try both Arch and Gentoo, and try Slackware while you're at it!
What we think is not really important, when compared to what you think.
Speaking only for myself, I can't comment either way about *BSD, as I only ever tried one *BSD and if I remember correctly, I barely had it installed, let alone configured, for long enough to toy with it. I seem to remember it was 'different' than Linux in some way(s) but at that time, I was very new to Linux too, so who knows what I thought was different at that time.
No reason not to try a *BSD too, and see what you make of it.
Why do you want an "advanced" distro? If you think you will learn more, remember that all the stuff you have to do manually in Gentoo or Slackware can be done manually in Ubuntu: no-one is going to throw you in jail if you don't use the GUI!
Yeah, but you know, when something doesn't work you just go straight to use the GUI-stuff. If you are in Gentoo (e.g.) and you don't have all those GUI-apps, you have to figured it out how to do what you want from the command line.
Originally Posted by DavidMcCann
: no-one is going to throw you in jail if you don't use the GUI!
I lost interest in gentoo when it appeared to lose its way a while back - ego trips and internal fighting aren't at all attractive. Arch fitted nicely for what I wanted.
Both require you to read the doco. Pretty simple really. How deep you get in the blood and guts of the system is entirely your choice.