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${i} 07-06-2014 11:11 PM

How long do you stick with a particular distro?
Hello LQ members

What's the longest time you stayed with a particular distro without distro hopping?

I've been using pclinuxos for two years now and still do so. I do occasionally distro hop, but it's through a VM. However, PClinuxOS is always the main host OS and the only distro on my PC.

Thanks for reading

evo2 07-06-2014 11:54 PM


about 15 years.


salparadise 07-07-2014 12:03 AM

Everything was just peachy until Mandrake got into trouble. Since then it's all been a bit of a hopping frenzy. I stuck with slackware for about 6 months once. Then I borked it and couldn't get it back to where it was before. Some days I can install several distros, one after another (there are reasons, it's not all mental illness).
That said, the closest I've come to thinking "hmmm, I could stay here", has been with Voyager Linux and elementaryOS.

astrogeek 07-07-2014 12:07 AM

About 10 years with Slackware (and many more to come!), 6 with Mandrake before that, mostly SuSe before that but with a good bit of evaluation of others in the early days.

I just never was a distro hopper and can't relate... ;)

rokytnji 07-07-2014 12:08 AM

Lean and mean for 16 years.

frieza 07-07-2014 01:10 AM

with the exception of a couple of using ubuntu, my machines at home have been redhat/fedora for the past 15 years.

s.verma 07-07-2014 01:21 AM

First started Linux on my old laptop. I was trying to find out a simple lightweight linux distro, hence I used to switch a lot between small size distros.

Then I switched to Debian Netinstall soon. It gave me a good lightweight start. I added lot of stuff on it. I used Debian for around 3 years before getting a new laptop.

Now I run Arch Linux and Gentoo.

Nowadays I do not switch linux distros but I am always on way to find a better distro for me as compared to I am using.

Well in general I use a distro until it's version's End Of Life. So after using Debian Squeeze for about 3 years (still I use on old laptop), I switched to Arch.

salparadise 07-07-2014 01:31 AM

I just never was a distro hopper and can't relate...

Too much choice overwhelms.

basica 07-07-2014 01:42 AM

I guess ubuntu is the one I have used consistently the last couple years. One of my desktops and my old media centre both use ubuntu. My RPi uses Arch and I play around with LFS on my laptop. So for an actual time frame, I'd say about 2 years. I hop around too much. I never seem to find myself happy somewhere :)

kooru 07-07-2014 01:46 AM

More 10 years with Slackware.

////// 07-07-2014 02:06 AM

i was distro hopper in the past (slackware, slack, dsl, mandrake, debian, knoppix, vector linux, some (lxk)ubuntu's, backtrack, openbsd). nowadays im using debian(virtualbox)/debian based(kali) distros. in the future i am installing slackware to my box, which i really, really like, maybe going to install openbsd also.

but to answer ur question, i have been using debian since 2006ish, also used openbsd maybe 2004-2008 as a desktop and transparent bridge firewall to guard home network.

LinuxGeek2305 07-07-2014 02:56 AM

1) Six months with Ubuntu.

2) Three months with Fedora.

3) Been on Arch for almost a year now, albeit I took the Archbang route initially because I wanted instant gratification at the time when I was migrating from Fedora, but I replaced the Archbang default Openbox config with my own MATE config, however I do wanna attempt a vanilla Arch install on my computer at some point down the road.

4) Haven't tried Gentoo yet, but I wanna try it at some point down the road either in a VM or on a second machine as well. Arch will remain the primary distro on my main computer though.

m.a.l.'s pa 07-07-2014 03:26 AM

I run several distros here. Of those, the ones I've been using the longest are Ubuntu (about 8 years) and Debian (almost 7 years).

onebuck 07-07-2014 07:27 AM

Member Response

When PV released Slackware I decided to jump on for the ride and never jumped off. I am very comfortable with Slackware & the community so why would one explore other avenues? I do use other Diagnostic/Recovery/Maintenance based Gnu/Linux to enhance my abilities when using my systems or benches. But I do not consider this as distro-hopping.

Love my Slack!
Have fun & enjoy.

${i} 07-07-2014 08:54 AM

Cool replies from all. Thanks


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