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Hello there, Linux Lains! Which Linux distro are you currently using, and why? What is your preferred desktop environment, and for what reasons? If you have a history of distrohopping, which distros have caused you to settle down for the longest amount of time? I'm curious to see what the majority of Linux-using Lainons are running.

NOTE: I'm asking which distro YOU use. Not which is "the best." That's entirely subjective. But, just so you know, it's Manjaro.


Oops, forgot to add this to the original post. I run Manjaro KDE. It has all the efficient minimalism of Arch but with the "it just works" of Ubuntu and I enjoy how fast pacman is. KDE because I like the way it looks and xfce was a bit too bland out-of-the-box for my tastes.


Xubuntu, it's simple, lightweight, and does everything I need.

I also like Antergos with XFCE, and Ubuntu MATE


i have gentoo with herbstluftwm running, thats quite comfy


This lain is right.

I'm using arch with herbstluft. Arch is simple and fast. Everything i need is just working here so i like it.
Openbox and xfce4 are also good.


gentoo, openbox
and i have distro hopped but not recently i started with fedora then when to ubuntu and now gentoo


I used to hop around a lot, then I settled on Arch for about 7 years, which was really nice.

Several months back I switched to NixOS. I really like having a single configuration file which specifies the entire state of my system: I can just stick that in version control and share common snippets between machines. It's very nice.

I also like the user-level package management stuff, it's a neat way to keep things simple and separated. For example, I don't install software development tools system-wide any more. I just use nix-shell to drop me in a shell with what I need, when I need it. The result is that my PATH is uncluttered, and I could (if I wanted) use the bleeding-edge nixos-unstable package set at the user level, and the latest stable nixos-17.03 release at the system level.

I don't think I've seen another distro where mixing and matching packages from totally different releases just works.


Antergos, Gnome
All the distros are the same afterall


Arch with i3gaps.

It's perfect. Comes minimal out of the box. Coupled with the AUR, this makes it ridiculously easy to highly customize the distro to exactly what you want. Using i3 has set a new standard for me in terms of interacting with a computer: the built-in keybindings are so natural, and adding more functionality is super simple.

To make thing even better, there's the Arch wiki/extensive documentation, which is so thorough and genuinely helpful.

Arch is also wonderful for ricing, especially when you aren't yet capable of compiling a spiffy dwm or similar wm. I know that ricing is considered masturbatory by many, but when I'm using a (mostly, though not necessarily ideologically pure) streamlined distro, centered around comfy, practically mouseless interaction with my computer, that is always aesthetically pleasing: it genuinely adds to the pleasure of using the device that I use to stay close to the wired.
I think the arch/i3 combo is really great for folks who's skills are enough to know their way around Linux, as well as some programming. If you're not looking to really customize with total control, i.e. from an ideological or aesthetic-driven goal, then this setup seems to be a lovely resting place.


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I've used a variety of distributions in the 9 or 10 years I've been running loonux. But I always find myself coming back to debian sid. Apt has all of the software I need and is reasonably up to date in sid/experimental. I like that debian is community driven and I like that its FOSS out of the box but also I don't have to jump through hoops to get non-free. The "flavors" are nice and has something for everyone. Stable for a just werks great for servers. Testing for general desktop use and finally unstable/experimental for the more adventurous. For UI If I want a full environment I go xfce. xfce became my goto choice because I used to be broke and its all I could get to run back in the gnome 2 day. Well I got used to it and find it home even to this day especially since gnome 3 became a thing. If I want to go slim I go openbox + tint2 for no other reason than its just a comfortable experience for me. I generally just use those 2 in various variations depending on the build. xfce+openbox, openbox+thunar you get the idea.
Surprisingly still haven't tried Arch. I do plan to give it a shot but have mostly been turned off by the elitist community.
also looking to try Slackware very soon.


as far as package availability goes how does NixOS's repos compare to the aur?


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I use Gentoo with i3wm. Too bad the old gentoo thread on /tech/ is gone because that was a quality discussion.

Anyways. I've started with Ubuntu, got bored quickly, moved to Arch for a while, got bored and ended up with Gentoo where I think I've hit the sweetspot. Along with i3wm I built an extremely snappy desktop experience. Ofcourse there's a much greater effort involved in Gentoo than let's say Ubuntu. But that's why I love it. I enjoy tinkering with my OS and finding out how it all works together.

I don't even want to distrohop anymore, Gentoo + i3wm is perfect.


NixOS. There's just nothing else that can compare with the declarative programming language for the whole-system configuration. Alas, it's very bloaty. But there are threads on ML that promise less bloat. One poster even mentions

> lesser known clearnet and some darknet forums/imageboards and BitMessage channels

in contacts and I wonder, are those guys travel to lainchan?




AUR has more stuff. But porting AUR's PKGBUILD to nix takes less than 30 minutes most of the time. I ported everything I missed in a couple hours when I was moving from Arch while ago.


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Longtime Debian user here. Used Ubuntu and its derivatives for a while but I got sick of it breaking frequently and having to uninstall 90% of the soykaf it comes with just to have a remotely usable system. I moved to Devuan after Debian decided to go with systemd. I currently use Devuan on my main rig and Antix on my secondary.

I have used many other distros including Fedora, Mandrake (remember that?), Gentoo, and Arch. None were ever anywhere near as stable as Debian testing. Gentoo lasted about a week before killing itself, Arch about a month before some update made it unbootable. Everything in Fedora was (and still is) crash-happy and at the time I didn't really like Mandrake.

As for WM's I currently use IceWm but switch to Dwm, Awesome, or WindowMaker if I want something different.

I have used sid many times in the past, I never could keep it from breaking (almost always nvidia's fault), but did have some success with testing. It was still far more stable than Gentoo and Arch though.


AUR almost certainly has more, but I've not yet come across something I needed which wasn't packaged.



I always end up going back to Debian (specifically Devuan) on all my devices. I have always found the operating system to be very stable with everything I need and the community very competent in regards to it's ability to create such a distro. Why I use Devuan however is because I don't agree to well with bloat, and when all I run is i3 with barely any GUI applications, than SystemD could be the most bloated thing on my system. I know that SysV fairs no better, but I encourage the community to keep developing towards more simplicity by supporting those who do so (and perhaps helping develop it myself in the future).


Ubuntu mate.I had use the Debian (cinnamon) stable for long time but my new notebook (3 yr) don't like distro without non-free firmware.
But one day I want change to Alpine Linux by far looks the best distro in my view.(But still behind both main BSDs)

Why Ubuntu mate?
Because is pretty simple for install the because programs. I normally format the Laptop after two weeks of use for reinstall everything so I can't use distro wasted more time to install the basic things.


Why do you let your computer run code written by the NSA?
That being said my favourite linux distro is OpenBSD.


>Why would you want to use a system developed by the military for discussing potentially sensitive or dissenting information.

In all seriousness, it does not particularly matter who wrote the code, but instead the quality and purpose of the code.


I don't disagree. I stated that more in reference to the binary blobs.


I've tried:
And I'm currently on Void Linux

I loved gentoo but portage would always mess up. Devuan is Debian-based which is nice too.
My favourite so far is probably Void because of libressl by default and runit.


Arch linux with i3. I've tried many other distros in the past, but I feel that arch hits a sweetspot for me. It's minimal and easy to install. Also as >>180 said, The arch wiki is fuarrrking great.


After distrohopping for 10 years, I finally settled in NixOS and I think this is for good.

If you don't know NixOS, imagine a OS that is completely declarative. You have a file that says how your OS will be, and bam, it builds it for you.

It's specially good for devs when you need different environments with incompatible dependencies, and of course, reproducible builds up to the OS level!


I use Void with StumpWM. It's mostly just what I settled on because there was nothing that really annoyed me with either.

In the future I would like to use GuixSD, but I do not currently have a machine with completely free hardware.


I'm using Manjaro with Gnome.

Manjaro's so clean and simple. It reminds me of Ubuntu's best days. I like how they slow the rolling release a bit for stability. I haven't had any update drama, and I've been using it for some time now.

I like Gnome because before gnome3 came along I had already nuked my taskbar and was pairing expose with a quicklauncher. It's like they wrote Gnome-Shell for me. Also shell-tile is a rad extension.

My hopping history:
> I started on Mandrake, back when it was still Mandrake, and RPM hell was still common.
> I jumped to Gentoo because, at the time, portage was a lot less prone to rpm-hell style fuarrrkups.
> Jumped to (k)ubuntu because I had to recompile world once too many times for missing use flags.
> I jumped from Kubuntu to Ubuntu because... I really tried to love KDE4.0 but eventually gave up.
> I sat on Ubuntu for a long time. I never fully loved Gnome2, but compiz was fun.
> I hopped around a lot when Gnome3/Unity split happened. I really liked Shell even from the 2.9 series. I never really got into unity. Ubuntu Gnome never quite felt solid and up to date, and I never felt comfortable on Fedora.
> I ended up on Manjaro. Sane defaults, stable, clean.



I use Gentoo as a home firewall/router. It's rock solid, I absolutely love portage. It's probably my favorite package manager.


Arch with bspwm for quite some time now, on both desktop and laptop.


Debian because its minimal so I can install what I want to use, free, and easy to maintain


Until the package / version / configuration you need to use is beyond package management...


On laptops, I've used Lubuntu for a long while because I couldn't honestly be bothered to configure a more barebones environment from scratch. LXDE is an absolutely marvelous DE, I find it makes the battery last a good 50% than XFCE.

I've recently switched to Arch + LxQt on the laptop. Arch is a blast, LxQt... is still very much in beta.

Then I have a headless Debian home server (very comfy) and Arch + bare KDE on the desktop machine. I like how KDE looks but it has many quirks I still need to find workarounds for.


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I'm currently on Mint with i3. It's a computer I left with my family, so it runs Mint Xfce edition. I'm just autistic enough to prefer i3, especially since they use switch user a lot. I use Debian Stable at work and Slackware on my home computer, both with i3.

I use Debian so that I've got the wealth of software available, just in case I need something obscure. I really fuarrrking hate Debian's habit of throwing in everything and the kitchen sink unless you tell it not to install recommends, but in some cases a dependency is marked as recommended (a certain Lainon from the irc knows this problem very well). I'm also not a fan of the installer as it's fuarrrking clunky compared to Slackware's.

I use Slackware because at this point I just hate every distro in some way and Slackware annoys me the least; my only complaint with it is that I can't really trim it down, but what do I care. At this point I can set up Slackware with wireless networking without consulting any manpages. Maybe I'll try Salix at some point.


I have used *Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, Puppy, and Gentoo.

I think I have settled on Gentoo+XFCE for my main rig, MintXFCE for the family computers, and Gentoo+Fluxbox on the netbook.

Gentoo provides the control Arch promised; when it was all said and done, Arch turned out to just be Ubuntu-but-it-breaks-sometimes


Currently using Arch, even though I'm pretty much a noob to Linux. It sure is frustrating to get things the way I want them to be, but it was even more of a pain when I tried Debian because my ethernet wouldn't even work. Arch's install was pretty easy, I think the actual hard part is being able to understand what you need to do to get the setup you want.

I was drunk when I made the decision to switch, though, and ended up wiping my Windows 7 drive entirely so I might as well force myself to learn how to use it. I wish I had made this decision two weeks earlier so I could have used one of the desktop threads on the old site for reference.


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I personally run a mix of arch and Windows 10. Arch on my thinkpad with MATE, and Windows 10 on my PC for Cad and more importantly gaymes. I also keep a spare boot of manjaro, but since I find myself spending more and more time on Windows it basically comes off fruitless to me.

I'd REALLY like to do GPU passthrough but it seems more like a chore than anything. I think what really just kills it for me is the fact that peripherals aren't easily shared between host and guest. A switch I suppose works,but it just comes off as not worth it to me.

Now, if I could still use my main GPU for games in Linux and only switch to Windows for certain games, I think it would be a whole different ball game. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be the case.

Might post around seeing if it's possible to figure it out but oh well. It just comes off as not worth it to me


Arch/Antergos with some weird bastardisation of i3 and KDE, which still needs some tweaking but works pretty good so far.

I also have a USB with Tails installed for the lols.



all these Arch users here, why? Main reason I see mentioned is minimalism, which is indeed a good way to describe the repos. The AUR is a massive security leak, please don't use it


manjaro i3 on my laptop
barely configured anything, just removed the packages i didn't need
pretty comfy for movies in bed since that's all i really use it for


>Now, if I could still use my main GPU for games in Linux and only switch to Windows for certain games, I think it would be a whole different ball game. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be the case.
Do you mean just because there are very few games on Linux or are you having technical difficulties?


>The AUR is a massive security leak, please don't use it
Care to go into more detail?


It's only a security issue if you don't read PKGBUILDs before running them.

This is no different to any other script you might find online. Is GitHub a security hole because it hosts bash scripts?


Last project I checked, was using a HTTP links to delivery a bash script for installation. They fixed it after my swearing.


And every single AUR helper prompts you to read the script before running it. You should do that regardless of whether it's delivered over HTTP or not. pacman doesn't (and never will) install AUR packages because they are unsupported and unofficial.

I don't see a "massive security leak" here.



> Is GitHub a security hole because it hosts bash scripts?

oops I forgot to mention I was talking about a GitHub project...


ubuntu on my desktop. thought about installing fedora on my x220 instead of windows, but from what i've heard will it cut my battery life in half.