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What is your Favorite Linux Distro?

jcowie profile image JCowie ・1 min read

I always ask people that I meet the same question

What is your Favorite Distro of Linux?

I personally favor Kali Linux because of the Ethical Hacking I do, but sometimes Red Hat when I feel like it.

So, let me know down below what you use, if you don't use a Linux Distro, don't worry, I'll be creating a tutorial soon on transitioning from Windows To Linux!

Discussion

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I personally like Ubuntu because of the ease of setup and the amount of available apps.

 

Same here, Ubuntu was the best desktop distro for beginners at the time.

 
 

My favorite still is elementary OS. Very clean and intuitive UI, smoothly running even from a boot stick or older devices. 👌

 

Linux Mint, easy to set up and a user-friendly desktop environment

 

Ive switched to Manjaro and have used it for 2 years now.
I am a fan!

As a developer, I enjoy seeing and using new features as they are available in linux.
They also have a great community that is very helpful.

But Ubuntu or maybe even Pop OS would be better for those who want an easier set it and forget it distro.

 

I run Pop!_OS on a 2010 Acer desktop, works like a charm. It's not as fast and smooth as it could be, but it's significantly faster than Windows 7 was.

 

Pop OS is cool but I ended up back on Ubuntu. I didn't find any real advantage of having it with what I used it for but it was definitely an impressive distro.

 

Love manjaro kde but have to ditch it at work because of lack of support for dotnet core.

So currently switching to kde neon because it is based on a supported version of ubuntu. If dotnet core support comes to arch I am definitely switching back!

 

I tried Kubuntu once because KDE is obviously so nice and sleek. At that time, KDE 5.0 was just released. Over time, though, I started hating the "overdone" look and found that for many things I needed to install Gnome libraries anyway. Debugging for installation of some programs was also a nightmare. Probably I should have persevered, but I didn't.

 

What did you find lacking in Arch?

The AUR has everything I need for dotnet core development, especially ASP.NET Core

 

It is true that the packages exist but they only start the nightmare of trying to get debugging working. I am sure it is possible, there are wiki pages about it. However, it does not work without some tinkering and even then it's not supported.
I definitely like the Arch way of doing things and hope some fine folks at Microsoft decide to officially support it. The list of supported distros has certainly grown, so we will have to wait and see.

That surprises me, I didn't run in any trouble using dotnet with JetBrains Rider.

Well, we can only hope to see stability grow around those tools.

There are a few things at play with why it didnt work for me. The real trouble didnt start until dotnet core 3 when they switched to msbuild 16 which MAY be included with Rider.
Dont want to spam comments so message me if you would like to discus details 👍🏻

 

Arch, 2 years.

Installed it manually a few times, then switched to Arch Labs, working out-of-the-box.

I use it with XFCE, ranger and xterm.

I had one (1) problem in the last 2 years after an update.
Downgraded the packages, waited for some days, and the bugs were fixed.

 

I was daily driving Arch for a long time. It had some pros and some cons.
Pros:

  • I learned a lot about my machine and how to get the best out of it.
  • I was in control of my operating system. There were no forced surprise updates, no ads, no UI changes that I had to adapt to.
  • I could automate a lot. Disconnecting a screen meant also re-arranging my windows to be better organized for a single screen.
  • I could squeeze out a longer battery life.

Cons:

  • I had to do the things above by hand. If you just want a plug and play machine, I'd stick to Ubuntu.
 

I don't know if I have a single favorite.

When it comes to building a strong understanding of how things work "under the hood", Arch is amazing. Less auto-configuration, more direct choice on what goes into the system. You get to make it your own.

My daily driver is Fedora, which I find makes a good mix between control and ease-of-use. Less chance of things to break because of updates, and I don't have the time I used to in order to sit and fix those kinds of problems at home.

I'm excited about what's happening with Nixos. If you haven't heard about this yet, it's a distro that handles system configuration and package management in a fundamentally different way. Your system configuration is written into a set of files that are ran against the provisioner, which pulls down and resolves the resources necessary to allow that configuration to run. It's worth a check if you have the time. If you ever wanted to roll back to a previous system configuration after changing something, this gives you that luxury.

 

Currently a happy user of Xubuntu. I was using Ubuntu before but I ran into some Gnome shell bugs that cause memory usage to explode. It's not 100% as slick as Ubuntu (some tray icons are messed up, logic screen used to freeze the machine and I had to change the "greeter" or something, etc.) but I've been happy overall.

 

I have currently installed Elementary OS as it is very clean and Adaptive and if you have a look of it I am pretty sure you will like that too as well. I prefer UBUNTU and Elementary OS for sure.

 
 

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Well, yeah, with Docker. I'd say that's how I run most of my Linux applications at work!

 

For me, it depends on the situation.

I tried and used various distros in the past. Because of that I'm planning to put Manjaro on my Desktop when Win7 goes EOL next year.

However, in case of my business laptop, I rather rely on a distro whoes release model is more conservative than Manjaro's stable-aimed rolling release model. After all, at work I want to keep focused at my tasks instead of fixing my OS to do my tasks. Hence Kubuntu 18.04 LTS runs on it.

Unfortunately Manjaro and dozens of other distros dropped support for 32-bit x86. Sucks for me because my personal laptop (which is somehow capped to run 32-bit OS only) still works well. I admit it isn't the powerful beast it once was. But It's good enough for browsing, media playback and office tasks. I've to put my trust on Kubuntu 18.04 LTS for that device as well. Saving it from the electrowaste shredder till April 2023.

 

Plain debian with KDE for most day-to-day things, but Ubuntu for quick installs - f.e. a short-lived testing box.

 
 

Linux Mint. It made switching to Linux for daily use just as smooth as butter. My (uninitiated) wife was able to sit down at the computer and know how to use it without asking for help.

 

Earlier I use Red Hat, I loved it. At present, I use Ubuntu and I am loving it.

 
 

Arch linux for all my personal stuff (home server, laptops and vps server).
I'm currently playing with Anarchy Linux. Arch based, using the original arch repositories, but with an installer.

 

Linux Mint, easy to setup, no weird errors and crashes like Ubuntu...

Also hate Ubuntu menu

 

Ubuntu 16.04 ! I'm going to test Manjaro in a few days

 

A lot of people have been Talking about Manjaro, I'm definitely going to try it out.

 

I love manjaro i3 edition. The reason why is because of the community.

 

BunsenLabs -- based on Debian, designed for developers.

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