What's your favorite distro, and why?

Rich L rich at dranek.com
Tue Dec 3 00:43:52 MST 2013

On Tue, Dec 03, 2013 at 12:43:26PM +0530, Dan Egli wrote:
> I'm not looking to start a flame war here, but I am curious
>why everyone uses whatever distribution they do. I'd like to hear back from
>people, especially those not using things like Fedora or Ubuntu or Debian.

I'm a happy Arch user for a few years now. For a few programs, I usually 
need the latest version and back when I was on Ubuntu, that meant either 
trusting someone's PPA or compiling it by hand. Arch is usually 
bleeding-edge enough for me, but I don't think I've ever suffered any 
major problems from that.

Also, they have a great wiki [1] that I often refer to and occasionally 
update. Their package selection is really large because even if it's not 
officially packaged by Arch, there is a huge (but centralized) 
collection of user-submitted packages (the AUR).

I also really like the simple but powerful package manager (pacman) and 
how easy it is to create your own packages. It's just a simple bash 
script that follows some guidelines. I maintain a few packages that 
probably very few people are interested in, but it's ridiculously easy 
to do so. (I find the process to create a .deb much more complicated or 
at least poorly documented.)

>My personal favorite distribution has to be Gentoo. 

I used Gentoo for awhile about a decade ago and really really enjoyed 
it. The only part I didn't like was the lengthy compilation times. I 
think they tried to address this by including some binary packages for 
the worst offenders (Firefox, OpenOffice, etc), but I don't think they 
do that anymore, right?

Coming from a background of Gentoo and Ubuntu, for me, Arch has all the 
customizability and simplicity of Gentoo but the quick 
installation/upgrade of using binary packages.

[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Main_Page


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