What's your favorite distro, and why?

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Tue Dec 3 09:26:56 MST 2013

The distros I currently use fall into the list you are not interested in.
However, similarly to Rich, about a decade ago I used Gentoo as my main
workstation OS for a good several years and loved the experience. The
learning that I gained from it was invaluable. The enjoyment I got from
building things from the ground up was excellent. Finding a kernel feature
that I wanted to change and then recompiling the kernel was exciting.
Sometimes I miss those days, but I am currently too entrenched in my
current setup.

I have also used FreeBSD for web servers for many years and enjoy it.


On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 12:43 AM, Rich L <rich at dranek.com> wrote:

> 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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> Rich
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