I’m currently using Linux Mint as well. I tried Garuda out and I did really like it, but the rolling release kept breaking NVIDIA.

I used Ubuntu back in the day but it sucks now. Snaps are the devil’s work.

@wgs@lemmy.sdf.org avatar

Void linux.

I used arch for a couple years, then crux for over 10 years, so I though Void would be a great distro when the systemd drama occured. Tried that, and noped the hell out of it…

  • creating/maintaining packages is a pain
  • the dev team was awful with newcomers
  • system couldn’t handle more than a couple weeks without updates
  • it’s an arch wannabe that doesn’t admit it, making it a worse alternative

NIXOS is definitely not for me. The documentation sucks and there are less cumbersome ways to restore a system.


Honestly, if you’re not using nix to deploy systems or need it to create reproducible environments across systems, then NixOS is a bit overkill.

I want to use NixOS for servers and embedded systems as well, so I run it on my laptop. But the user experience gives Gentoo a run for it’s money for being the most finnicky bastard in the distro world. They would both contend if there was a Razzy award for usability.


As someone currently suffering on NixOS, this is very true

@pipows@lemmy.today avatar

I tried it out, and it was so cumbersome to install packages that I gave up. I understand its application in servers, but for home computers it’s a pain in the ass


I have tried a bunch of them: Manjaro, Fedora, Opensuse Tumbleweed, Mx Linux, EndeavourOS, Arcolinux, Debian, currently LMDE. But Fedora, the spin with XFCE not the default one, never convinced me enough to keep it., is the one that never convinced me enough to keep it.


To all gentoo detractors… 20 years ago compiling a browser would take 5 days (as in 24 x 5 hours…) So you are not allowed to complain TODAY about compile times ahahahaahaha ahahaha ahah haha aaaaaaaaah ಠ_ಠ


Try accidentally emerge world on a full desktop environment with open office and said browser on a Pentium 2 after changing some base level compile flags… Oh, and I was on dial-up. Didn’t do that again.

I got Gentoo on a DVD with instructions in a magazine for a Stage 1 build. No internet connection at that stage so I had to work through problems myself. Took a few goes but I learnt a heck of a lot about how Linux boots.

Been a very long time so apologies if I got some details wrong.


I remember jumping from Ubuntu (my first distro) to a Gentoo stage 2 install in 2005. I was using it on my desktop so I needed a GUI. I was using either a high end P4 or an X2 Athlon. I attempted to compile KDE and all the deps. It would compile X for about 10-20 hours… and then the compilation would break with a seemingly obscure error message.

I tried a few times and never did get a GUI built.


Today on Intel i7/Xeon with 16gb ram I go from a stage3 to full GUI (plasma, no libreoffice or such) in a few hours.


Yeah I remember trying it out on a k6-2 400 MHz (maybe? I don’t remember if that was it’s rated speed of it it was with the bus at 112mhz) and it was days of downloading sources and even more for compiling. I think there was a bootable CD bundled with some zine that allowed you to have something running on your machine

@people_are_cute@lemmy.sdf.org avatar

Literally all of them have shite color management and fractional scaling that blurs everything. It’s an eyesore.

I really, really want to use Linux for multimedia consumption but I can’t.


Shite, I was looking to move to Linux specifically for starting up a machine for multimedia and retro gaming. Never heard of this issue before.


Yet color management seems to have negative priority for Wayland while the Wayland push is strong at present. Shit or not, at least X11 has basic color management via ICC profiles; Wayland be like ¯_(ツ)_/¯


KDE wayland has added ICC support in the KDE 6 beta. (and basic HDR).


But that’s likely competing with the ongoing, multi-year spec for it


Ubuntu. I hated not being able to customize certain things and it had some interesting bugs on my hardware. Switching to a different distro solved those issues


Was that an Ubuntu problem or a GNOME thing?


I have no idea. This was more than 5 years ago. Fwiw I now use Arch (sans Gnome) and I’m very happy with the experience.


Ubuntu, tried to install vim 8 when it released, too bad they only update major package versions once every 2 years. Find myself some random dudes repo, great it’s vim 8, too bad it was compiled w/o python support… Installed Manjaro (arch based) and never looked back.

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I have liked Ubuntu based distros until they release a major update. They are aimed at beginners and they work fine for that. If you use one to the end of support, the updater will say that your software is up to date because there are no new updates.

You have to check the website to find out you’ve reached the end of support, and to get instructions on how to update.

That is an awful user expierence for beginnners, and a great way to have users using vulnerable software without knowing about it.

I’ve switched to rolling releases for this exact reason.


Any distro that’s based on an existing one but changes or adds very little to it. There are so many dead Ubuntu and Debian reskins


I hopped to many distros and found Ubuntu to be my home.

  1. Mint => Desktop looks dated and ugly
  2. POP! OS => Unstable for Ubuntu distro
  3. Rest of Ubuntu forks => nothing special about them
  4. Arch Linux => Too bleedy edge
  5. Debian => stale packages (Really solid distro though but dated version of Gnome)
  6. Ubuntu => Really solid distro (It is a great balance between stability and bleeding edge)
@Mubelotix@jlai.lu avatar

Fedora => opposite of debian. Bleeding edge, but that means you have to spend an insane amount of time updating or it will reach EOL in no time

@woelkchen@lemmy.world avatar

you have to spend an insane amount of time updating

How slow is your internet connection?

or it will reach EOL in no time

Sure you don’t confuse Fedora with non-LTS Ubuntu releases? According to docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/releases/lifecycle/ each release is supported for 13 months which isn’t 10 years of LTS but hardly “in no time” either.

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I don’t mean downloading updates I mean manually updating your configuration to adapt to new versions of the software. That’s what takes time. I know 13 months is already quite high but it feels too low for me. I’m running servers over longer periods than that


Fedora annoys me (even though I’ve been using it for like 2.5 years on my work laptop) because a lot of packages that would be in extra in something like the Ubuntu (and it’s derivatives) or Arch (and it’s derivatives) is in a separate repository that you have to add.

@dan@upvote.au avatar

Debian => stale packages (Really solid distro though but dated version of Gnome)

Did you try using the testing or unstable versions of Debian? Testing is still more stable than some other distros. Packages need to be in unstable with no major bug reports for 10 days before they migrate to testing.


I forgot to mention that I did try Debian testing. I did like it came with a recent version of Gnome. However, I did had a few problems with it:

  1. I personally found it updates more frequently then I like it. I found that the user interface for Gnome changes often.
  2. If I want to install MySQL workbench, it does not have a download link for Debian at all.
  3. I did got a weird crash bug with Krita on Debian testing. I am not sure if it was Debian’s or Krita’s fault.

I did found Debian testing to be slightly unstable. I decided, I will give Ubuntu a shot again and was happy with that decision.


Try Debian sid (unstable), from my experience it’s actually more stable than testing because it gets updates even more often.

And ditch Gnome. There is no way to be happy with it as it craps out very often and is a maintenance burden for maintainers, therefore the quality differs so much.


Ubuntu. It has become so shitty over time, it’s oretty sad.


Ubuntu. Started out great but every release got worse with time.

I’ve always used KDE, so always was on kubuntu, or mint, but my latest kubuntu install managed to piss me off badly with its systemd taking over. A simple 10 seconds port=number config in sshd_config change now requires 20 minutes of searches, documentation readup, cursing, and jumping systemd hoops

FUCK systemd

Also FUCK SNAP. Absolute horrid garbage.

My next distro will be debian or some derivative, bye bye Ubuntu


I’ve learned to like systemd over time, but not snaps and how Canonical handles things.

Debian also uses systemd nowadays, maybe you can try devuan (I think that’s how it’s called,) which is debian based but without systemd. I only tried it once on a server but came back to debian.

@Interstellar_1@pawb.social avatar

Mint, actually. I tried it and found it too similar to windows and not customisable enough for my liking.


Wasn’t a fan of Ubuntu, RedHat, Debían…

I guess I’m just a Fedora person? I’m on KDE right now, usually Xfce. Idk I’m enjoying my KDE experience.

Mint was pretty smooth. No complaints.

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