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How long lived is your Linux, before next clean install?

Pacharapol Withayasakpunt
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I mean, how often do you want to wipe everything away and clean install?

Even in macOS, I clean installed every once in a while.

But for Ubuntu, new version came out, and I might want to clean install.

Hopefully, for Arch, there would be no real need to clean install again.

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Snehit Sah

I've been using EndeavourOS since March 2020, and its still up 'n running. Arch based distros don't need a reinstall every now and then - that was one of the reasons why I prefer them over point release distros.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt Author • Edited

I found out that Distro / DE hopping isn't a problem, as long as you backup ~/*; specifically, ~/.local, ~/.config, ~/.mozilla and ~/.*; but please ls -a to check first.

Also, now I need *.deb or *.rpm support, for closed source packages. debtap doesn't always work.

So, I am back to Ubuntu (+triple boot Arch, Windows). But dkpg / deb isn't as convenient as yay, or even pacman... (Still, Synaptic Package Manger is much more decent than tkPacman or pamac-aur.)

Another problem is, sometimes, maybe often, compiling takes a very long time; including ungoogled-chromium and linux-rt.

xkcd.com/303/

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Snehit Sah

I haven't yet tried debtap. For ungoogled chromium, you can get a pre-built binary from chaotic aur repo aur.chaotic.cx/
Linux-rt is available in disastrous aur. These are third party repos so Arch devs take no responsibility. Chaotic AUR is popular, and comes with Garuda Linux too. But they can be a hassle. Ubuntu is better when it comes to binary packages support.

To search packages in unofficial repo, you can use this site : pkgs.org/

About distro hopping - I used to do that a lot until 2019. I had separate home partition so I did not lose any data or app configs. Now I have a single partition installation for simplicity's sake.

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Fum

Honestly, only when something goes wrong with my Linux and I have problems getting things back to normal. But I probably should run clean installs once a while.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt Author • Edited

Maybe, you haven't destroyed your Linux enough. You really should try Arch, and hop Display Manager, Desktop Environment...

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Fum

Ha okay. Maybe i'll try those out!

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Benoit de Chezelles

I first installed arch ~6 years ago, I never had to make a clean install, and I still use it as my main OS on my personal laptop (:

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Alex Lohr

Void Linux has rolling releases, so the next time I'll start from scratch is when I get a new notebook.

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Michael Sperber

About once every 2 years. Not because it's necessary (it isn't) but just to get rid of all experiments I did along the way. I use Linux Mint.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt Author

Thanks for practicality.

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Aditya Saxena

After having tried most of the major Debian based distros, I think I'll settle eventually with Pop!Os with its upcoming release in June along with cosmic desktop.

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