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

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richardhowes

Interesting discussion - especially as I’m ‘buying’ myself - looking to ditch macOS.

Interesting that there’s not much love for Ubuntu. I tried Pop OS and my recent MacBook Pro wouldn’t run the bootable USB. Ubuntu worked perfectly.

That said, this conversation makes me think I’m being too conservative. If I’m changing I want something cool and different as well as well supported and stable (but leaving towards cool - I realise those two are trade offs. I want to have some fun with the UI and aesthetics are important (I know they shouldn’t be).

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Ben Lovy Author

Ubuntu is a super boring choice, which is actually exactly what I want. It does show up in my list in the form of KDE Neon - that distro is built on an Ubuntu LTS base.

I think Manjaro might be the middle ground you're looking for. My only hesitation with it is that after being on a non-mainstream package manager for so long, there's something appealing about getting back to a Debian-derivative, but it sounds like it's designed for what you describe.