(opinion) Why Distro Hopping Is Good · The Kernal
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Distro hopping is often seen as a sort of sickness. Something that you should strive to stop. But why is that? Many Linux experts have done it, and it doesn’t seem to have done any harm. In fact, I happen to believe that distro hopping is something that, while you shouldn’t probably continue to do forever, is deeply beneficial to anyone attempting to learn Linux. So, I will go through some reasons why you, yes you, should consider distro hopping.
@federico3
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For most people distro hopping is like changing car when a light breaks. You are denying yourself the opportunity to learn how to solve a problem. I’ll stick with Debian.

Edit: if you want to learn about different package managers you can just use VMs for that. There’s no need to distro-hop.

Cyclohexane
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Hard disagree. I don’t change distros because something stopped working, especially if it’s something fixable. It is to experiment different distributions and their fundamental differences.

@stopit
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Same here! I use fedora at home (my first Linux distro) and arch on my smaller laptop. I am happy with both…but occasionally i like to test if the “grass is greener” elsewhere. I always come back to my original choices.

@sproid
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You are denying yourself the opportunity to learn how to solve a problem.

I will argue most people distro hop because they got bored and wanted to explore something new or different. They already learned, that’s the trigger (or problem).

@foxglove
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say, why did you change the theme of your blog ?

@marmulak
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Yeah I definitely did it as a learner, but years go by and eventually you get old and lazy. You find something that works perfectly, and then you think, “Should I just let this thing keep working perfectly, or should I stop everything in my life so I can break my OS and spend hours/days/weeks/months/years fixing it?”

I haven’t changed distros in a long, long time. ^_^

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Tbh distro hopping is a good hobby to have, but if you don’t know how to use a single Linux distro well enough you won’t be able to find something you need in the moment, aswell as having an infinite number of issues to drown yourself in. (I imagine its like installing a new Arch install every month from scratch.)

@charlie_root
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Cyclohexane
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just to get KDE/GNOME packaged in a certain way or one with a slightly more automated installer.

I agree that type of distro hopping is useless. But experimenting Debian, Arch, Gentoo, NixOS, Slackware, Void, those are all very fundamentally different.

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musicmatze
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Maintaining a distro is a huge task

As someone who packaged software for a living for almost three years, I cannot agree more. Even though it was just some packages for something like 10 different distros, not a full maintainership for a distro!

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