Which Linux distributions do you recommend? (23)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-30 07:39 ID:6VI/iUsq [Del]

Recently, I had to reformat my computer due to Windows Insider Builds ("if you don't update, your computer will stop working for no apparent reason. Oh, and you can't update because your Internet speed is really slow", said my computer in a more cryptic way). So I installed Debian, but I don't like their stable but old software model because I don't like old software (above all, I don't like to have old Orca versions), nor their unstable or testing models because I may break something. I am also a beginner in the Linux world.
So, based on this, which of the millions of distributions would you recommend? I think I may settle on Antergos (a friendlier Arch derivative, based on what I've heard). Any opinions?

2 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-30 09:17 ID:VVug2Mbo [Del]

Arch is not the easiest, but it is really the way to go. It's one of the most consistent distributions out there, with just the bare minimum, so you can choose what to include in your copy. It might take you a bit more to set it up and to become familiar with it, since it does not assume that you are happy with various configuration utilities that do everything for you, but you will learn what is where and the proper way of managing software.

Mate on top of that is an excellent UI, if you want a graphical interface, or just use it in terminal mode. You will not regret it.

3 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-30 09:52 ID:6VI/iUsq [Del]

OK, thanks for your recomendation. I'll go step by step, as I prefer to get things done rather than fighting with a system first. So I'll go with Antergos first, and then upgrade to an almost pure (talking) Arch system.

4 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-01 06:43 ID:VVug2Mbo [Del]

Any time. Let us know if you need more help!

5 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-14 19:28 ID:I5Mc0URI [Del]

So I finally settled on Talking Arch, because I disliked Antergos (I can't recall why exactly).
But now I've got a somewhat irritating problem. My terminal window (the Virtual Console) doesn't want to scroll, and Shift + pgup and Shift + pgdn don't work.
Any ideas why?

6 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-17 13:41 ID:lK1Npav1 [Del]

I'm not sur since I don't use Arch I probably have something different. It could be something in the VC settings or the window manager settings. In the mean time if the console won't scroll down to show new input (as opposed to not scrolling up), you can usually enter terminal only session with ctrl+alt+[f1-f6]. Return to the default GUI session with ctrl+alt+f7

7 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-23 07:07 ID:ozfv5Emr [Del]

I have no GUI at the moment, no window applications, display manager or desktop environment. Just virtual consoles.

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9 Name: Anonymous : 2018-06-08 07:11 ID:MTp95cjI [Del]


10 Name: Anonymous : 2018-06-08 07:12 ID:MTp95cjI [Del]

Debian indeed.

11 Name: Anonymous : 2018-06-08 08:41 ID:34FzJXUk [Del]

I personally like the Arch Way (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php?title=The_Arch_Way&redirect=no), and you will hardly find a better, and more consistent operating system that you can customise the way you like.

It needs to be said, however, that Arch is a bit tricky to run as a server, but it's definitely doable.

As a desktop, or a home server it certainly works.

I would not recommend Debian. While it is good and stable, it's ancient, its packages are really lagging behind, and 99% of the time, when you wish to install software, you need to add an external PPA. I do not find this acceptable in 2018.

Arch's community, package manager, not to mention its wiki is unmatched.

12 Name: Anonymous : 2018-06-10 17:54 ID:I5Mc0URI [Del]

But isn't Debian rock solid stable but like really, really, really outdated?

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18 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-23 18:34 ID:GKVUX6aP [Del]

BSDs also exist

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20 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-28 02:42 ID:OZ2vkk0L [Del]

You can use Debian Testing, or even Unstable. I'd argue they are even better than Debian Stable on a desktop.

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