Well, it is time for a change.
I was a user of many distributions during the past years. Starting with SUSE, I quickly discovered that I like more standardisation than they provided. Changing to debian, I realized I needed to be a bit more bleeding edge, so I was using Ubuntu. Many times. With XFCE, Gnome 2, Gnome 3 and had testinstalls in a VM of fedora, CentOS, Arch, Mandriva, Mint and Manjaro to name a few. I even used neverware’s cloudready for testing a ChromeOS-like experience. Now it’s time to put all the experience into a final decision.
- What I don’t like:
- snap – snap packages get too damn slow. I primarily liked the concept, but I also disliked dual installation of software from snap and the official repos – you need to make yourself accustomed with the new concept
- gnome 3 – just don’t.
- KDE – which is a bit ancient, but I am just lacking positive experiences
- Ubuntu in general. – It started off as easy replacement of debian – you just never know which version will support your hardware out-of-the-box. Plus: I can no longer be bothered with major upgrades every 6 months. Nope. I want to say goodbye to that.
- Waiting for the next release cycle of debian.
- What I like:
- The concept of rolling releases – like Arch.
- Stability as well
- Cinnamon – well lightweight, consistent, functional and stable DEs and WMs in general
- Running the same distro on all my Laptops and PCs
- A big fan of debian in general because: general stability – with the drawback of waiting for the “next” release
So what’s next?
Well – I will make another distrohop. Now I’m running Ubuntu 18.10 on my T420 and my old Phenomx4 – I’d like to consider myself “not” a distrohopper, but in my defense, I might just have not found a distro to meet my needs / taste.
I just want decent QA for distros that do faster release of versions or packages…
And what distros will I try?
I might go for two main releases first, and have a look into two minor contenders.
As main contenders: Manjaro (w/XFCE) and Fedora 29 (w/Mate or Cinnamon). I think both of them get closer to my use case, but from different angles. Fedora the release-based approach, but in a minor sense than ubuntu, and Manjaro with the rolling approach with an option to choose “stable” as release branch.
– The minor ones are Elementary and Solus, because I am curious about those two. Solus provides flatpak, like fedora does, so that might be a pro.
I won’t be making a huge comparison, even though I might update on what I will be using after my final testings.