@adrianmalacoda
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GNU Guix System, for the following reasons:

  • User-level management of packages, i.e. each user has their own profile which contains their own installed packages, which is separate from the set of system packages. i.e. no need to be root to un/install packages

  • Commitment to GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines, meaning no proprietary software, proprietary kernel bits, or promotion of such - which I’m aware some see as a negative but I specifically purchased Linux-libre compatible hardware for this reason.

  • Source-based package manager with an option for retrieving pre-built packages (“substitutes”) from build servers. Any Guix machine can become a build server.

  • Packages can be built from a specified git revision, or with a specified patch, etc.

  • A package is just a variable defined in Guile Scheme. A package repository (“channel”) is just a git repo containing a collection of packages.

  • Declarative configuration of system i.e. kernel, packages, services, users, etc.

  • Un/installs are atomic transactions, they create new generations of profiles that can be rolled back. Same goes for system configurations. Each system “reconfiguration” actually creates a new entry in the bootloader so if it breaks you can boot into the previous system generation and manage it.

craigevil
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I have been using Debian for almost 20 yrs. In all that time I have tried many many distros and have yet to find one that I liked as well as Debian. Apt is just great. The number of packages available is awesome. It works on more hardware than other distros.

@Echedenyan
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Debian and Devuan.

Debian because I am used to and like its work model, first as user, then as SysAdmin hobbyist and later as SysAdmin student. I use it mostly when I need a fast installation or work in certain tools without non-SystemD support.

Devuan, my main distro. I use it for all other use-cases. I also experiment here when I got used to some tools which are SystemD dependent and look for replacements.

Edited: in general, Debian is organized and clean with a very dedicated documentation without breaking the rules of each software.

@yogthos
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Different Linux distros are optimized for different use cases, so what’s best really depends on what you’re looking for. That said, I found Pop OS to be really hassle free which is what I’m looking for at this point. It just works out of the box, I haven’t had issues with it breaking during updates, and pretty much all the apps I use are in the official repos. So, can definitely recommend it as a Linux that just works.

@pinknoise
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Imo theres no best distribution, I just use what I see fit for a particular purpose. My favourite for personal laptop use (internet, development) is Void Linux for the following reasons:

  • Sane and minimal base system (I hate NetworkManager though, but it can easily be switched for e.g. connman)
  • The package manager is decently fast
  • Fairly recent software in the official repo, while still being stable
  • The documentation is good (It could be worded better though)
bruhbeans
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I would also say familiarity and comfort are a lot bigger factor than some might admit. I stick with Fedora because I know it, not because it’s somehow objectively better than other distros. At this point, most distros will work ootb on most hardware and serve a lot of the same purposes.

@nour@lemmygrad.ml
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Yes, obviously there isn’t a best one, I was just curious which one y’all like best using for your purposes. (Was that a bad way to phrase the question?) This is the first time I heard of Void Linux, I’ll have a look at the site you linked!

@ajz
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Yes, obviously there isn’t a best one, I was just curious which one y’all like best using for your purposes. (Was that a bad way to phrase the question?)

No, the post title was very fine!

@pinknoise
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Some cool stuff I forgot because I only use it on my Laptop:

  • They offer an alternative build with musl libc, a less “bloated” and potentially more secure alternative to glibc (desktop stuff broke often when I tried it, but for servers it’s really nice)
  • They support ARM and have easy to use prebuilt images for popular arm boards

I like elementaryOs the most because its DE is beautiful but it is not as good as I would like since its team is quite small, I would love if Pnetheon would be distro agnostic so that I could use it with Arch.

10_0
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linux mint because its plug and play and its as user friendly as windows, but without all the bullshit.

GPL will protect us
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Arch… Because # of pakages available and I know what packages are installed on the system

@sgtnasty
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I prefer Arch for the bleeding edge packages and AUR. The other thing I like about arch is that the desktop environments or window managers are not heavily modified from the release of the maintainer. So KDE Plasma is like how the maintainer wanted it to work/look.

@FreeBooteR
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I’m really enjoying Pop!_OS. It was pretty simple to install, maintain, and customize. Updating to 21.04 was flawless for me and had no hiccups.

@ajz
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Arch Linux for the recent software. But I also like Alpine, Debian, Ubuntu, Nix.

Halce
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NixOS. Very portable setup. This is what I like best. Also rather stable install, easy recovery out-of-the-box.

While at the same time, with a relatively large number of packages, and near-recent software versions. As an Arch user until recently, it’s the most happy compromise.

@uthredii
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Manjaro gnome.

Manjaro because it has the most software that can be easily installed.

Gnome because I like the defaults. KDE can be fun to configure but it tends not to work very well on my hardware.

IngrownMink4
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Same here :D

@ksynwa
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Void Linux. It’s lightweight and I am used to the package manager and the package ecosystem. I help updating packages in the repo too sometimes so contribution is easy. IRC channel for it is decently helpful.

@nutomic
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Manjaro KDE for desktop/laptop, its a good update interval, lots of resources available (including arch wiki), and access to almost any program via AUR.

For my servers Ubuntu. Although these days I run everything inside Docker, so maybe I could use something more lightweight instead.

@sp6ina
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Fedora rawhide on laptop and Fedora 34 on PC. All witch Gnome.

Rawhide on laptop how is it ? Is it “stable” enough for daily usage ?

I am currently running fedora silver blue on my only machine and I love it

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Void and Arch (Artix), btw. Of course, different distros are suited to different cases.

@Gmork
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I started with Raspian on the Pi years ago. That got me familiar with the Debian command line.

I eventually installed Lubuntu on a low spec PC that I had and loved it.

I tried a few other distros, but eventually settled on Elementary OS. It has a sleek UI, Debian based, and gives me very few issues. I’m eagerly awaiting 6.0!

I should also add, I like Elementary OS because it has a solid yet slim selection of pre-installed apps. The less bloat the better!

@linkert
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Void Linux for me. Swaywm, pipewire, scratchpads, waybar, tui applications- yummy stuff.

Use case: procrastination. Maybe one day I’ll learn a language (zig curious) and actually start making things - got so many ideas for TUI applications it’s insane.

As others have pointed out

  • sane base install
  • rolling
  • up-to-date repos
  • fast as lightning package manager
  • runit is a lovely init
  • stable, not “stale”
  • edit: there’s awesome documentation!

Got to say though, Fedora 34 on my wifes laptop is pretty slick. I have a few nitpicks, but nothing major.

@muirrum
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I run Debian/Ubuntu on my servers, but I develop on Arch and Alpine.

Azure
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Debian! Stable on the server (usually)

Sid on the personal machines.

I was running Arch for a while, but I got put off by three things bout it:

  1. It’s just not put together as well. Even under Sid I was way less likely to have a package up and break because it depended on the wrong version of something. Usually when it happened under Arch it was only AUR stuff, but not always.

  2. I really despise the way Arch rips the documentation out of packages. Debian gives me the best of both worlds, I can install -doc packages if I want them and not if I don’t.

  3. Arch’s approach to Haskell is /infamously bad/ if you’re actually interested in doing any kind of Haskell development, to the point where they recommend you just not install it and use ghcup.

mickie
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Manjaro i3 (Community Edition). It has all the advantages of Arch but with more moderate software updates.

GadgeteerZA
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Manjaro KDE - great UI customisation and rolling distro updates

@v162
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Manjaro and Zorin OS :)

Raavan
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i use Manjaro in my Laptop and Mobian in my Phone.

@SloppilyFloss
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KDE Neon because it just works and OpenBSD for the same reason (; although that’s not Linux. I’d like to give Nix a try. How do you like it, @ajz@lemmy.ml?

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@nour@lemmygrad.ml
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You run Android on a Raspberry Pi? I didn’t know that was possible… Can you tell more about how that works and why you’re doing this?

@ajz
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Here a blog post I wrote about using OmniROM on pi : https://fediverse.blog/~/Searching/Test driving OmniROM on Raspberry pi4 I like it a lot except for one minor thing, that I cannot shut it down nicely after usage since the power off button doesn’t work for me. Apart from that there is also the Android x86 project where you can choose to run LineageOS on x86 computers https://www.android-x86.org/ I tested that again a few months ago, and the cool thing is that you can install it on usb stick besides installing it on a hdd. The bad thing imho is that their LineageOS comes with Gapps preinstalled. For pi3 and pi4 there is also this : https://konstakang.com/ which (pi3) can also be installed with PINN https://github.com/procount/pinn I’ve played with that a few years ago. It is for more advanced users. The method with OmniROM above is really easy in comparison in my opinion.

@FCKDRM1111
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Pop!_OS

Its the most straightforward and causes the least amount of headaches for me

@wada
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I’m a simple man, Debian Testing on my PC and Debian Stable on my server.

kazutrash
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Mx Linux, it was my first distro until now, about 1 year i guess

@the_tech_beast
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I use Windows😅

soronixa
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“join us now, and you shall never look back upon your dark past! for even the darkest soul among you, I tell you truly, is not beyond redmption.”

-soronixa, the Linux Bible

IngrownMink4
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Nothing wrong with it, but if you are going to use Windows, at least make sure to disable telemetry and bloatware with Win10Privacy!

jonuno
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Same here but been doing thirsty eyes to PopOs for a while

@Zevena
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manjaro and xubuntu

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