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Old 07-06-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-06-2014, 11:54 PM   #2
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Hi,

about 15 years.

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:03 AM   #3
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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.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 12:07 AM   #4
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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...

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:08 AM   #5
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Lean and mean for 16 years.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 01:10 AM   #6
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with the exception of a couple of using ubuntu, my machines at home have been redhat/fedora for the past 15 years.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 01:21 AM   #7
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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.

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Old 07-07-2014, 01:31 AM   #8
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I just never was a distro hopper and can't relate...

Too much choice overwhelms.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 01:42 AM   #9
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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

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Old 07-07-2014, 01:46 AM   #10
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More 10 years with Slackware.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 02:06 AM   #11
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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.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 02:56 AM   #12
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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.

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Old 07-07-2014, 03:26 AM   #13
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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).
 
Old 07-07-2014, 07:27 AM   #14
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Hi,

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.
 
Old 07-07-2014, 08:54 AM   #15
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Cool replies from all. Thanks

 
  


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