In my last post, I discussed why the direction Ubuntu’s taken recently has left me less than satisfied.
In short, I’m not really sure.
I think I’ve been using a Debian-based distro for so long that it’ll probably be something along those lines. I did use Fedora for a while (6 months-ish) when I came to my present job. Honestly one of the most frustrating things was there seemed to be a major fracture in it’s external repositories. Maybe I was just trying to install some weird stuff, but it seemed to me like a lot of what I wanted was in one repository, but some was in another, and the dependency conflicts eventually became too much. At any rate, at the time I was longing to get back to Ubuntu.
As far as Debian-based goes, the three that pop into my mind are:
Switch from Ubuntu to Debian? Not unheard of, actually:
Considering my major complaints with Ubuntu right now are stability and the new direction it’s taking in terms of features, Debian would be a logical choice. At least from an outside perspective, it seems more balanced than the one-person (Mark Shuttleworth) distro that Ubuntu seems at times.
I’m still not really sure why Mint exists, but to be honest I just haven’t looked into it. The only advantage that I know of is that it’s green instead of the ugly brown/purple that Ubuntu has used. A big disadvantage would be that I believe it’s based on Ubuntu, so it may inherit many of the issues I have with Ubuntu right now. But I can’t knock it til I try it.
Again, this one is Ubuntu-based, and so could inherit many of the issues I have with Ubuntu. But this one looks really amazing. I especially love the focus on simplicity. Sometimes when you have software written by geeks (and often for geeks) like GNU/Linux, simplicity gets lost in the quest for gobs of features. Quite often this ends up making me less productive, as I sift through buttons that I’ll never use to find the one I want. But less really is more. And Elementary looks very promising.
Who knows what will happen. There’s a strong chance I’ll be too lazy to switch from Ubuntu, or that I’ll try other options and come back. But Ubuntu definitely isn’t on the pedestal it once stood. And maybe it’s not the end of the world after all.