It's time for a poll. How long have you used Linux?

How long have you used Linux?

  • 0 to 6 months.

  • 6 months (and a day) to 1 year.

  • 1 year (and a day) to 18 months.

  • 18 months (and a day) to 2 years.

  • 2 years (and a day) to 3 years.

  • 3 years (and a day) to 5 years.

  • 5 years (and a day) to 10 years.

  • 10 years (and a day) to 15 years.

  • 15+ years.


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mrcrossroads

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Now it has been longer than 2 years of frequent usage. My favorites so far have been mint and ubuntu, i now have Ubuntu Studio installed and have had mixed results with Fedora. Mint and Ubuntu take care of the average/basic computer needs in my experience just fine. Unfortunately i haven't really had the time to explore the full gammit of distros, there's an overwhelming array of stuff to break down.

Mint and MX Linux for me.
 


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Man the choices are dizzying even for just .deb based distros. Since I stopped using Puppy discovering Zorin, Linuxlite, Peppermint, MX--------- all very good making the choice hard.
 

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making the choice hard.
For the first time user I agree the choice, even if you restrict it to the 100 on Distrowatch it looks daunting, that is why I always say try at least 6 different desktop distros to see which you like the look and feel of, and runs best on your kit, or where something more specific is needed I may list a few for them to try, but still usually say something like, you could try, or there are others available or even the applications you need can be installed in most distributions, there is nothing worse than recommending your favourite distribution because you like it, and it works for you, then the poster has a bad experience in trying to install it or running it,
 

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Since this thread's already off-topic, lemme add my 2cents on distro choice and distro-hopping...

Thhe look and feel are fairly irrelevant because most of the time these are just tweaks which you can do in any distro. So what really defines a distro then? IMHO:
- Init system. Not just the default, but whether there's a choice.
- Package management. Yes, times are changing with AppImage, Flatpak, Snappy, etc., but the package management system (if present) defines how core things work. You cannot rely solely on upstream packages because you end up with an unstable mess. I found this with Endeavour OS as opposed to Arch (a pity, because it made a perfect compromise between Manjaro and Arch, though TBH if you use an Arch-deriv, just rather use Arch since the time you save installing becomes a diminishing return when faced with bugs/conflicts that aren't in Arch itself, largely because these distros randomly mix AUR into their distro base and that often breaks updates in the long run).
- Ethics, goals, philosophy..... Value system, basically. Probably the biggest thing here.

So, ask yourself what you are looking to get out of Linux? Security? Stability? Performance? Fun? Freedom? Customisation? Sticking it to M$/crApple? Nice OOTB experience? Ethics? Openness? Purism re GNU philosophy? Full control of your system?
Draw an intersectionality map (lol, hate the word "intersectionality" like I hate "trending" and other neo-isms). Now you can visit some distro sites, learn about them, and make your choice. Obviously, at this stage, the OOTB setup will be a strong deciding factor, but at least you'll have a base that you also like and the knowledge that one day you'll be able to fully customise your DE and focussed solely on the points I discussed above.

Also, I would try to stick to "pure" distros. For example: Manjaro is not Arch the same way Ubuntu is not Debian. Not only will you get better support and a more stable system, but moving down is easier than up (unless you're me), so Debian --> Ubuntu is probably easier than Ubuntu --> Debian (again, except for me; I cringe whenever someone running Ubuntu says "help"). Also, do not forget the diminishing return principle; it pertains to learning, too. Bear in mind that you'll have to learn to do stuff manually any way, so choosing a distro with pretty GUI apps to wipe your bottom will only hinder learning to do things without it in the future. A word to the wise: GUIs change dramatically where their CLI counterparts hardly ever do.
...And when testing the distros you like, try and use them as barebones as possible to get an idea of what's inside.
 

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Linux is Linux.

Certain Linux distros install and work OOTB.

Certain Linux distros are easier to use than others.

Certain Linux distros use less system resources than others.

After using any Linux distro for awhile most users if not all users should have enough Linux know how to use most any Linux distro.

Linux distros as Linux Lite and Linux Mint and Ubuntu seem to be easier to learn for the new to Linux user and the forum help is good.

Based from my experience on the Linux forums is some Linux forums are fun and helpful and some Linux forums aren't fun and aren't helpful.

Linux.org is a fun and helpful forum with forum members from all over the world.

Cheers. ;)

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