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Linux distro I should use


I basically just do my homework on it, listen to music. General basic stuff.

Not sure if this anwser comes in too late, but Ubuntu is pretty good distro for doing stuff like that. Super easy to install and you can also learn to use the terminal.


I’m looking for either a rolling distro or a distro that’s has more update hardware/program support.

Why? What’s your motivation?

Do you have a piece of hardware that you want to use that isn’t supported right now? Is there a particular bundle of software you want to use but can’t? Maybe you just like the idea of being on the bleeding (so much blood, I can’t even…) edge so that you can learn?

You already run Linux. What makes you want to run a different Linux?


Solus or openSUSE tumbleweed. Both are rolling and support non-gnome DEs while being somewhat lower maintenance than Arch.

Fedora is good but isn’t rolling.


Wants up to date and stable

Uses mint

Ugh you degenerate.

Investigate Void Linux. Thats all I can really say.


Yeah, mint may be stable but it is definitely not up to date. Neither is RHEL though.


Indeed, Arch can be tricky sometimes #wink_wink



I’m rather new here…
so I have basically the same question.
To give some hints on which district I would be more comfortable with here it is:

I have already 2 xenserver, one ubuntu server 18.04 does Virt with qemu on amd cpu but didn’t yet try the gpu virt ( didn’t succeed it on 16.04 with intel i7, i think the qemu was too old or maybe I wasn’t good enough), and one proxmox server nearly finish.
I don’t mind digging my way into config files but without any hint or specific steps it is somewhat impossible for me to find my way from times to times like for my virt problem on i7 6700k.

I’m quite used to go with fedora too since I’m using qubes os on my laptops, I have only one archlinux box at the moment. All my boxes are in cli. Just qubes os and sometimes ubuntu or in graphic mode.

And so my new setup would be on a i7 7700k with nvidia 970. It’s a desktop that I will use partly for a hackingtosh project, partly on Linux(different nvme/ssd so no worries there). I need to do some development with JetBrains python c++ the usual, browsing, and also qemu gpu virt for gaming under windows.

I’m restricting my choice with ubuntu, archlinux, fedora. So which should I go with? I really need some explicit doc on the one I choose to not have to find by myself after 2 weeks or months of digging around…
if you have any advice please do share.


I would suggest Antergos or Manjaro. Both are derivatives of Arch but, in my experience, are more stable and much more user friendly to install. You also get the benefit of the Arch Wiki being very relevant to both these distro’s.

And if you’re not into compiling stuff yourself, the AUR is superb to get all the software you need/want.

I haven’t used Fedora, but i’m certain you will be able to install another DE to use instead of GNOME.


You can download Fedora with different DEs. They’re called “spins”.

Here’s the KDE one:


BEST thing to do, in my opinion, is download the netinst version of the Fedora ISO. Once you configure your storage, timezone, network, hostname, etc, you can select Software Selection and choose your DE on the left column and packages on the right column.

Fedora Workstation is Gnome3, but they have KDE Plasma, XFCE, Cinnamon, LXQt, LXDE, MATE, Minimal, Server, and tons of other things. It’s like the Debian netinst but better.

You do need a network connection to perform the install.



^ That’s what it looks like.


Check it out.


You can go even further and make a usb and install almost everything that’s been mentioned (except void, sorry @Aremis).


But will I have any problem to set up my qemu virt with pci pass through for guy with one of those?

I notice that many of the test of wendell is I think fedora… And qubes use fedora too. I don’t have any preference for arch Linux nor fedora, I use both on regular basis just not for that, that’s why I m asking? Maybe one is more complete of the other? Like arch Linux because of the AUR PACKAGE like the Spotify stuff for example things like that and fedora mora secure?

And to continue my reasoning, maybe fedora is preferable for a host and arch Linux in one of the qemu vm? Or the opposite? Because as I said, I’ve broken my teeth in ubuntu 16.04 and pci pass through for qemu so I would like something that one of you guys are 100% sure that it doesn’t cause any problem


Its ok baybee, yera heathen.


And sorry of it is a stupid question or logic.


I think this is outside the scope of this topic since OP says nothing about virtualization requirements.

It’s not, but you should start your own topic with this question.


Okey will do. Thanks for having pointed that to me.


Not much wrong with Mint really, depending on what you are using it for.
You could basiclly install newer version of program´s using flatpacks.
And if you need a newer hardware enablement kernel for newer hardware support,
you could easally install newer kernel using the build in kernel manager.
Kernel 4.17 kernel series are allready there if you need to have it.

Still if you look for a distribution you need to rely on for doing your work.
Then Mint is exally one of the better choices.

If you want something more bleeding edge, then Open Suse tumbleweed could be a good choice.
Fedora isnt a bad choice either, and you can also choose from several desktops.

If you want something more bleeding edge, you could try something based on Arch like Manjaro or Antergos.
Manjaro is one of the more popular and easy to use Arch based distributions.
But it can break at some point, and it probablly will.

Still no matter which distribution you choose to go with,
in the end they are all Linux and tend to do the same thing.
Its just that certain distributions arent for everyone.
Best way to find out which distro fits your needs best,
is just a matter of trying them out.


Zypper also has an apt-get syntax. So if you know apt-get, you don’t have to know zyppers commands. Which is cool.


Thats also pretty neat then :slight_smile:

Open Suse can be a littlebit hard to get used to.
But once you got it all going and once you are really familier with Yast,
then its a pretty nice distro.

But yeah it also really depends the use case scenario´s which differs from person to person.
In the end its all Linux and they are all tend to do the same thing in the end.


I’m really liking the latest release of OpenSuSE. Besides the desktop part which is basically all the same for the mainstream Linux distros there are really cool things coming from that project like snapper - which is cool since they are the folks who are making most use of BTRFS in my opinion. This was also expanded in the transactional server install type which basically treats the system as a read only system with an overlayfs layer that basically makes your system immune to corruption and other human accidents. You can rollback any change to your system.

Being read only makes it a great choice for running linux on usb flash or sd cards.