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Old 09-23-2021, 04:14 PM   #16
Timothy Miller
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Debian - because it works. There are SO FEW systems I've had issues with Debian running on. Because it's versatile. With netinstalls, I don't have to deal with tons of garbage I don't want. It installs ONLY what I want, and I like that.

EndeavourOS - Because it's versatile. Minimal install with just the basics that I want takes <10 minutes. From there building it with only what I want and no extra garbage is easy.

I'm big on not having a lot of garbage that I don't want installed.
 
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Old 09-23-2021, 08:05 PM   #17
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I tend to look for stability and I don't care about bleeding edge. Hence Debian, Mageia, and Ubuntu MATE LTS (with Plasma because I like KDE applications and Fluxbox because I like simple.

Slackware has long been my go-to. I'm eagerly awaiting Slackware v. 15, as v 14.2 has gotten a bit long in the tooth even for me and --Current doesn't seem to like me any more.
 
Old 09-24-2021, 03:51 PM   #18
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I really like the concept of a stable rolling release distro, and I believe Archlinux is it.
The actual repositories are pretty conservative (everybody's talking about the AUR, but that's a different cup of tea).
But not having releases (i.e. some sort of major dist-upgrade action every 2 years or so), and pretty up-to-date software most of the time, is a big boon.
And hjust to make it clear, they do test packages before releasing them. Stable rolling is not a contradiction.

I understand things can get problematic every now and then if you use some sort of bloated DE, but I have had (almost) none with Xorg+OpenBox (since 2014).

Incidentally, I started getting into systemd when I started using Archlinux. I'm not a fanboi at all, but in a way it's what I grew up with, I know my way around it (basics), and I have no reason to hate it (that would be ridiculous now wouldn't it).
 
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Old 09-25-2021, 04:31 AM   #19
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I am not hopping distributions and do not feel inclined to try out any of them.

Debian was the first distribution that I tried after SuSE. I was not amazed with Sabayon and thought that reducing a Ubuntu or Mint installation to my needs would be unnecessary.

The answer to the original question is that I do not see any reason to replace Debian. It is totally certain that some other distributions would be just as “good” and would respond to my needs in the same way as Debian, but I do not even want to care.
 
Old 09-29-2021, 02:34 PM   #20
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The answer to the original question is that I do not see any reason to replace Debian. It is totally certain that some other distributions would be just as “good” and would respond to my needs in the same way as Debian, but I do not even want to care.
This, pretty much for me, only with Mint Cinnamon.

I know ... "but that's a beginner's distro!". I work in a Windows world, and use Linux at home. Mint Cinnamon just works, I don't have to fumble around to find stuff, and it allows me to get on with whatever I'm doing. It shares the same basic repos as Ubuntu/Debian, which have everything I want.

I don't distro hop, but I will periodically VM a distro to see if it has anything cool. I haven't found anything in recent years that entices me to change.
 
Old 09-30-2021, 09:03 AM   #21
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Somehow I always come full circle to Gentoo Linux - love it.

Openrc is actually usefull; I don't need to mess with stuff too much to get things done and... it doesn't complain.

Portage... I have not encountered a better package manager (experience with RPM (somewhere in the distance you hear maniacal laughter), apt, eopkg and pacman... all lower quality then portage). Yesyes, it's slow and building everything from source takes time (especially on a core i5 Skylake, with only 8GB RAM), but I have not encountered a package manager which is as flexible AND robust as portage.

Eselect is also a really nice tool. It just makes life a little bit easier.

I tried other distributions, but they simply do not have what Gentoo offers.

Even though... somewhere in the back of my mind Void Linux is reminding me of runit and xbps. They're quite nice. I especially liked runit with its simple init scripts, which can be understood by mere mortals. xbps is quite a decent package manager, but its repositories aren't exactly fast (used the Finnish tier 1 mirror).
 
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:13 AM   #22
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Hardware used and user requirements like getting good detailed help,learn window managers, plus good hardware support has made me a AntiX fanboy for years.

Also I like the developer and team mates. Not many single core atom distros left.

Was relieved when we took the anti systemd stance also . After trying to edit a systemd file.

Was trying to change default to bin to default to no where. No success.
 
Old 10-01-2021, 07:01 AM   #23
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I made a tongue-in-cheek comment at the start of my post and, sure enough, the Slackers got their knickers in a twist
Trolling, David?
 
Old 10-02-2021, 10:09 AM   #24
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Because of programming thirst with mocka Modula-2 compiler then gcc, g++ and now Qt.
 
Old 10-14-2021, 12:33 AM   #25
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I've been working on *nix systems as a programmer and later sysadmin for many years, and the Linux systems were all RHEL/CENTOS (afair), so obviously Centos at home.
No need to learn a different style; I'm lazy like that

To quote the Programmer's saying "Laziness as a virtue"
 
Old 10-14-2021, 09:20 AM   #26
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Ask a hundred different people what's their "favorite" distro and you'll get a hundred different answers. Ask them how many different distros they have actually tried and the answer will probably be "one." You settle on one that gets the job done, and you learn how to use it and how to maintain it, and that's that.
 
  


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