Sure, I’ve used a few that haven’t been all too great, but there’s never been one that has screamed awful at me.
I think this is part of the reason choosing one is so challenging. For instance, lately I’ve been considering switching back to SUSE (a distro I’ve used for years now). So, here’s the thing… Debian is really really good. There’s a lot to like that Ubuntu just doesn’t cover the basis of. I can have a development system running unstable while my desktop runs Debian stable for anything critical. It’s truly amazing in that sense. At the same time, openSUSE Tumbleweed is such an amazing rolling release (there’s really nothing like it) that’s so stable that if I truly wanted to it could be used as the basis of a home server. There’s so much interchangability in that sense.
Now, I can’t relate to Ubuntu users as it was technically the first distro I installed and I quickly tossed it away for Mint (the same day). Mint with Cinnamon is an interesting case. It’s probably the best distro I’ve ever used geared towards the average user… And that applies heavily to their Debian edition too… Though something feels more friendly with the Ubuntu base that I can’t put my finger on.
Then we have Arch… The one time I installed it, it was fantastic. One of the best rolling releases out there and if you’re into lots of configurability then it’s great in that respect… But it’s not for me. So, that’s why I’ve sort of got to give props to what Manjaro does. There isn’t an Arch based distro as polished as Manjaro for new users. And even with years and years of experience, I still like it. It’s like a more robust version of Mint… Though in comparison to Mint it doesn’t feel as streamlined if I’m being totally honest. But it’s a great rolling release that undergoes slightly more testing than Arch does… And if you want updates similar to how Arch receives them then all you have to do is enable the unstable repos. But something about Arch isn’t for me… Just like the Ubuntu based iteration of Mint I feel there’s more to be desired that Debian and SUSE cover so well.
And then there’s Fedora. I used Fedora for about a year… And I still LOVE it to this day. One thing it does better than any distro I’ve ever used is the OS just gets out of the way. It’s hard to explain. But it checks a lot of my boxes for the perfect distro. I don’t know why I’ve grown so distant from it but it’s the definitive distro for Gnome hands down. I personally prefer the Cinnamon spin but that’s only because the magnifier on Gnome, while it works okayish, jerks the cursor across the screen to where text input is. the problem with this is when you install something with the terminal and have another window open, the cursor will jerk back and forth. I had actually opened a bug report several years ago but apparently that’s how it is intended to work. I guess I have a different vision than the Gnome devs do and that’s okay… Every time I’ve had a problem with KDE on the other hand, the developers were quick to address it
I can’t comment on source based distros because while I definitely respect them, I don’t have the time for them. I’ve always wanted to try Gentoo for instance, but setting it up appears to just be very time consuming unfortunately. It is definitely worth it though if you’re into that
I’ve used LOTS of other distros too. I even used Pear OS at some point (a total ripoff of the UX of Mac OS at the time) though that was short lived. Peppermint was okay. I liked Kali a lot and have it on a flash drive somewhere… Used it at school once for something… And won’t ever again.
Point being, there’s a lot out there. I’m a seasoned Linux user and a developer… and I still distro hop from time to time. All the people wanting a definitive answer for the best distro need to genuinely put time into finding one and quit the whining. That’s part of the beauty of Linux
Have a nice night everyone. Just figured I’d get the rant out of the way
Honorable mentions of other distros I’ve used as I remember them:
-GeckoLinux (a damn good version of SUSE that hasn’t been updated in over a year unfortunately)
-CrunchBang (BunsenLabs is it’s spiritual successor though I’ve never used it)
-Elementary wasn’t for me, but it’s for a lot of people
There’s way way more… Obviously I can’t remember them all lol