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Salvador Montiel
Salvador Montiel

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What's your favorite GNU/Linux distro?

If you have installed a GNU/Linux distro, what is it? If not, tell me what is your favorite distro.

What desktop you have?
What theme do you installed?
Show me a screenshot!

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Dian Fay

I run Arch with i3-gaps and polybar. The configuration and themes are all custom (that + the rolling release model are why I picked Arch) but I'm less interested in making everything look great than I am in making it look decent, work well with a keyboard as primary input device, and surface the information I need. You can check out my dotfiles on GitHub for the specifics.

Arch is great, and the Arch Wiki is one of the best documentation repositories I know of, but it's tough to recommend unless you're already familiar with Linux and want a project system.

screenshot of Arch Linux with i3-gaps, polybar, the Vivaldi browser, and neovim

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John 'BBQ' Wollner

Can I get some 2019 updates on this discussion? My machine died this week and since the next one will be a ground up restart, I'm having a hard time deciding which distro to use.

The dead machine had fedora, but I found myself always having to convert or adapt packages from other distros (.deb,etc), so I'd like a fresh perspective.

I'm not a noob but I am also primarily a MS stack dev, and don't want to take on an Arch distro w/o compelling reasons otherwise.

So... I'm asking the community for a 2019 recommendation on a distro that's customizable w/o forcing you to, and which has a broad repo of packages to support my capricious hobby projects.

TIA

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Jason C. McDonald

Ubuntu MATE (presently 17.10) is my favorite by far. I'm using the Obsidian GTK theme (love the blackout themes!) and Revival icons.

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Salvador Montiel Author

Looks nice!

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Alex Rudenko

I am using Ubuntu since 2008/2009 or so. I have tried Arch & Mint for some relatively long time and some other distributions very briefly. I appreciate the stability and LTS releases of Ubuntu.

Regarding the themes and customizations, I am not a big fan of that and prefer to use whatever is available by default with some minor modifications.

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Salvador Montiel Author • Edited on

Same here!
I have Ubuntu 17.04 as my principal OS, I hasn't used a different OS(excluding the omnipresent Windows).

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Alex Miasoiedov • Edited on

Ubuntu/Fedora + custom Gnome settings and colors setup from r/unixporn