Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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by Frank on Wed 11th Feb 2004 10:42 UTC

I have looked at Arch a few times.. someone recommended it to me in a thread I started here actually. It appears to be drawing a lot of interest.

For me, the showstopper has to be the fact that just about anyone can submit software to its repository. This is not something I like the sounds of. I use Debian because its so hard for people to get software in to the distro, they must prove themselves to be compitent, this doesn't appear to be the case for Arch, and is probably a large reason why their software is so current.

And for those saying Arch is very simular to Slackware, that is generally the case when you base your product on another. Arch is simply a branch off from Slack, a distro that I don't like.

I don't like Slack mainly for its claim to fame, being as simple as possible. If I wanted to be responsible for everything on the system, I would use LFS, I choose distro's based on how much they make my life easier. This is simular to my reasons for not liking Gentoo. This is also my primary reason for sticking to Debian. Debian lets me control everything while being as lazy as I can imagine being. All software I could want is a single command away, everything is basically configured "out of the box" - only requiring minor tweaks to fit my needs, it is simply the best lazy-man distro around.

For those saying SID isn't stable, I have had a SID box up for more then 8 months at a time, only reason I reset the machine then was to upgrade the kernel. Fedora crashed 3 times in a 24 hour period, and I have no better luck with such distro's as Mandrake, SUSE, etc. I guess once you get used to Debian, nothing else even compares... most people just give up before they realize what they just gifted themselves by installing Debian. I couldn't live without tools like Debconf, and dpkg-reconfigure, they just make my life easier. I know APT can also be ran anywhere, on any distro, but without it using Debconf and watching it trying to get along with RPM... well its just not the same.

/me feels like a Debian zealot, but thinks he is proud of it...