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Discussion on: Au Revoir, Gentoo - Sell Me A New Linux Distro

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Ben Lovy Author

Great answer, thanks for your perspective. The only holdup for me is that I'm interested in Debian-compatibility, but everything else about this route resonates with me.

That's two votes for Solus, too, which admittedly wasn't really on my radar. Will definitely take a closer look.

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I know a couple of others have mentioned this, but if you're interested in Debian compatibility, Pop!_OS is worth a look. It's currently my daily driver, since it supports my System76 hardware, but outside of that, it's just a great distro and an excellent example of Gnome at its best. What's kept me using it (besides the hardware support) is the baked-in live environment for recovery. It's saved me a couple of times over the last 12 months, after making stupid errors that otherwise may have forced me to reinstall. Having a live recovery system like that is really a great feature, and one that no other distro (to my knowledge) has yet.

Another interesting point about Pop is that they're in the process of implementing a lot of optimizations from Intel's Clear Linux project, so if you've got an Intel-powered machine, some serious performance improvements are in the near future. I believe Solus has some of the Clear Linux optimizations as well, since their former lead dev, Ikey, actively worked at Intel on the Clear Linux project.