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

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Ghost

To round up a bit this point I would say, for someone who was using Gentoo, distros are reduced to: how new are the SW in the repos and how annoying is to install Steam if you care about that and as far as I've heard with Proton that's not even a problem anymore.

  • Default WM or DE? you can change that.
  • Package manager, in the past 10 years I don't think I've ever had a dependency problem. And for dev are less and less relevant, nowdays you have: pip, npm, cargo and that's besides Docker, Flatpak and AppImages.
  • Default programs, you'll probably install your own prefered ones anyway.
  • Ease of install, well, you had Gentoo, you'll be fine.
  • Stability, not sure about this, I used Arch for years and never had a serious problem, maybe a program update a little raw, but in those cases the fixed update came the next day if not sooner, so nowdays I'm not sure if having software from the middle ages is worth it. And even for servers, you endup just with systemd + Docker so in that case distros are even less important to me.
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Ghost

and by the way "... arguing is half the fun of being a Linux user ..." I don't think is half, I would say is about 67%, it was 50% years ago when ....

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Right now, the "best" tool is one I won't ever feel tempted to switch out. I think we're saying the same thing, ultimately.

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dm17

Perhaps temptations have an inward rather that outward cause. In more modern language: it is the dev, not the tool.