What's your favorite distro, and why?

Lonnie Olson lists at kittypee.com
Tue Dec 3 11:10:11 MST 2013

On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM, Dan Egli <ddavidegli at gmail.com> wrote:
> Since it's been so dead lately, I figured this would start some lively
> discussions. 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.
> The less popular distributions have always been a curiosity to me.

Beware, opinions follow this line.

My personal favorite is Ubuntu, for both desktop and servers.
I like a lot of other distros though as well.  Each one has it's own strengths.

* Ubuntu
+ Faster updates than RHEL/Debian, but still quite stable and well tested.
+ Good architecture choices: Unity, Upstart, conf.d directories, APT, etc
- More complicated package building

* RHEL + Clones
+ Most fully supported Enterprise OS
- Slow to update
+ Easy package building

* Gentoo
+ Fun and interesting for personal/hobby machines
+ Extreme flexibility
- Unnecessary complexity hurts and slows progress at enterprise scale

* Fedora
+ Best implementation of Gnome3

* Mint
- Ugly, old, backwards UI choices
+ Based on Ubuntu/Debian

* SLES 9/10 (haven't tried newer)
- Terrible pkg management (yast)
- Limited pkg repositories
+ Slightly better Enterprise Application support than Ubuntu

* Pardus Linux (Turkish)
+ Interesting new distro concepts
+ Not a clone of an existing distro
- Limited popularity = Limited testing/support

* OpenBSD
+ Nice network support - pf, carp, openbgpd, opensmtpd, etc
+ Good security
- Painfully limited packages/ports available

+ Beautiful architecture: base, src, doc, ports, etc

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