Our favorite Distros

What are your favorite Distros?
Name as many as you want and - if you like - explain what makes your favorite Distros ideal for you.

As for me:

1. Xubuntu: Because it’s just made for me and my hardware. :grin: It runs perfectly smooth and fast, without hiccups or crashes. I like that it’s quite minimal out of the box, because I want a Distro I can customize and I don’t mind, spending some time on theming and setting it up. Up untill now, Xubuntu detected every piece of hardware I threw at it. The Ubuntu-base is also a plus because it offers a certain degree of stability (at least for me, and if I manage to don’t break it myself). All applications I need are available in the repos. Summarizing, Xubuntu feels like home and is the Distro I always return to, because it does what it’s supposed to and is just my safe space.

2. Debian: What I like about Debian is, that it can be everything I want it to be. It can be bloated or light-weight. It’s possible to use it on servers, laptops, desktops, you name it. Debian is rock-solid and has a large repository. It’s not based on another Distro but the daddy of so many others. For my part, when setting it up, I always choose the netinstall and build it from the ground up - and that’s so much fun. It obviously takes more time than e. g. Ubuntu but once it’s done it does a great job in just getting out of the way and never bothering me with anything ever again. :grinning:

3. Solus: Solus was the first rolling release I tried, that didn’t break itself after the first or second update. In fact, I have it on a spare laptop for about six months now, and it still has not given me any problems whatsoever. It’s not another Distro based on Debian or Ubuntu and has it’s own package manager and DE. Budgie is easy and intuitive to use. The repository is considerably smaller than Debians but it certainly will grow over time and personally, I haven’t missed any applications yet, except Chromium.

  1. MX Linux - my default for just doing “stuff”

  2. Debian 10 (although now updated to use the new Bullseye Testing branch)

  3. Arco (but maybe EndeavourOS - hard to choose)

Honourable mention to SparkyLinux 6 (rolling)

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1 Fedora - First distro I really fell in love with, it sometimes works in funny ways but always feels like home.

2 Arch - Because there is so many things you can do with it

3 Pop_Os - My first real jump into the Ubuntu/Debian family and it works fantastic vfio was a breeze and the 19.04 version is really stable.


Impressive rant! I particularly like how the schizophrenia between the leftist hippy and the CIA operative part of your brain paved the way for the Debian adoption.

Very interesting and fun read thank you.

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I am a rolling person. :wink:

  1. EndeavourOS
  2. Manjaro
  3. Tumbleweed

Disclaimer : keeping it off topic sorry

Sir I humbly kneel; (and btw I’m totally steeling this quote and the Bob Dylan one as well)
and would first point out that it’s quite hard to phrase here a response to rival yours, but to quote dear old Bilbo “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish” so here I go …

As a scholar, a teacher and a scientist, I applaud your willingness to aggregate the best of both worlds.
I tend to believe that the recipe for such an alchemy would require more elemental changes on both sides of the equation. To paraphrase Dr S. Pinker what we see as cyclical flaws in both ideology are most certainly structural and that’s why every society that tried either way plunged into chaos, and why our western secular/capitalist/socialist society has prospered by “floating in the middle”, but always naturally rejecting both.
In a way we have been living “Always on the outside of whatever side there was” for a long time, in a type of Darwinian social evolution responding to self-generated cultural and economic pressure. But “I digress”.

I’m not familiar with the comic books you mention but will lay eyes on them as quickly as I can. But from what you describe the story line seems awesome for a fiction but a bit naive for the real world. Because, as alluring as it sounds giving Guns to Roses (pun intended) won’t end in the expected type of crimson shower.
And maybe the methods are as important as the ideas and are what make fascist and autocrat what they are, “Nothing is evil at its beginning, not even Sauron was.” Everything is an evolutionary process.

As for your Lightbulb joke I found it pretty enjoyable, even if, coming from the Richard Dawkins school of evolutionary thought Monks tends not to enjoy my company very much. :wink:

PS we should start an off topic / philosophy thread, I need more such conversation in my life!

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Fedora Workstation:
Easy enough to use that my kids don’t have any issues using it to play movies, or do YouTube. (Machine is hooked to the TV)
Close enough to work (RHEL/CENT) that I can experiment.
Gnome handles my simple monitor/TV setup well.
Steam works.
Modular Repos for some updates. (Using the sway one currently).
I’d like to try and do a more minimal install at some point using the everything iso but haven’t found the time.


Manjaro using either Deepin or KDE Desktops

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Do you run the latest version of Xubuntu or the LTS?

Anything Ubuntu based usually works fine for me. If not that then Arch based.

  1. Kubuntu
  2. Pop_OS!
  3. Vanilla Arch
  4. Manjaro (any)
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For me, it is not only the distro that I love, but the community that has formed around the distro too. My top three currently because they have been actively used by me in the last 6 months:

  1. Ubuntu MATE
  2. Bodhi Linux
  3. Fedora (currently having tons of fun with this on a “new” used machine at home, but haven’t reached out to the community yet, so I will have to see how that goes)

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Bunsen Labs (first distro that worked well on my oldest most under powered computer, before Bodhi really made it a joy to run :slight_smile:
  2. Antix (my favorite LiveUSB distro and it doesn’t hurt that it has a nice tricked out version of Fluxbox)
  3. MX Linux (I don’t run this distro on any of my computers, but this distro and this community has brought my son more joy than any of the others so they get a mention from me too)

FYI, I run Solus.
Budgie on a System76 Thelio.
Plasma on a Dell Optiplex 755.
It has been my distro of choice for about 3 years. Extremely solid for a rolling release.

Peppermint was a distro I tested as part of BDLL and knew we already had some fanboys here… Zeb, EB, and Steve.
In my testing report I did call it a frankenstein distro, but one that worked extremely well.
I mostly use it for testing apps that may not be in the Solus repo or flatpak.

Also while testing on BDLL, I discovered SalentOS which is like a modern day #! running Openbox on Debian. It runs great on my 32 bit Asus EeePC 1000 Netbook. They also have a 64 bit version.


Just a few mundane lines for now to firstly attach myself to your brief apology for this off topical conversation and to say that I will be posting a more worthy response in a more appropriate thread as soon as the kids will let me have a moment to think properly, by which I mean once they’ll sleep.

So see you soon my friend.

PS I really love the “cultured-ruffian” concept for after all : “All that is gold does not glitter… Not all those who wander are lost…”

  1. Ubuntu
  2. Zorin
  3. Deepin

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Fedora
  2. Debian
  3. All Ubuntu Spins, Remixes, and Flavors

Linux Mint Mate
Ubuntu Mate
Endeavor - has helped me discover Arch
Anything that’s not that Other OS that shall not be named :joy:


I’m on the LTS, because it has worked out so well for me from the beginning, that I didn’t see a reason to go with 18.10 or 19.04, when they got released. The interim releases of Xubuntu usually don’t offer any major changes, except newer package versions of applications like LibreOffice or Gimp, so I don’t see a reason to upgrade every six months.

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That’s a good point and if you needed a newer package you could use snap or flatpak.

1.) MX Linux 18.3 /w XFCE
2.) Debian 10 /w openbox
3.) Pop! OS

Honorable Mentions:
Solus, Mint, Parrot, Bunsen Labs, Crunchbang++, ArchLabs and Bodhi. Also, Mandrake and crunchbang (gone but not forgotten).

-Humankind. Be both.

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  1. Archlabs Linux - It helped me actually get i3, small great community.

  2. Linux Mint (leave me alone haters) - Something about Cinnamon/Mint combo, it’s just comforting.

  3. Pop!_OS - What little gaming I do, my games seem to work best here.

  4. Solus - Everything is pretty, cool crew.


Exactly, but I’m still not that fond of Snap or Flatpak. I mean, sure, it’s good that there’s a way to get newer applications without having to add PPAs, but I still prefer installing packages from the official repos, since Snaps and Flatpaks still don’t integrate into the desktop very well, especially when it comes to theming. Every Snap or Flatpak brings it’s own stuff with it and therefore takes up more disk space. They start slower and some I’ve tried didn’t work very well.
Especially Snaps are more a thing for servers and since Canonical isn’t caring about the desktop that much anymore, it makes sense that they try to push Snaps, but for the desktop, I don’t think Snaps are the best solution. I’d really prefer a solution that includes the official repos, but that’s not the topic here. :slightly_smiling_face: