Before I swoosh over to the gym why not having a peek at the Top 5 Linux distros, according to DistroWatch?
As you can see there ain’t any movement so far up top. We see the same 5 distros in the same order since months already. I guess this is good and natural, after 30 years of Linux we’ve reached a state of unexcited coolness and all the good distros have found their place in the hacking order.
Orca is still not 100% ok with stupid MX on #1 but maybe there is something in that distro many people are looking for. #2 is also a tiny bit questionable, don’t you think? As much as I love Endeavour it is a bit of a freakshow, isn’t it? Manjaro otoh belongs on #1! All the comforts of Mint combined with the power of Arch, this is a Swiss Army Knife if there ever was one. Then on #4 and #5 we have the pretty Ubuntu daughters Mint and Pop. Mint, as you know, is a favourite of the masses ever since its inception, and so is Pop. Only prob with Pop is that it’s still searching for its own identity. In so far my money is on the tried and true Mint.
Invisible for you, on #6 they are both followed by clan mother Ubuntu. But we don’t like her, do we? The latest version, 21.10, did receive only luke-warm reviews.
So my recommendations still stand:
For n00bs: https://linuxmint.com/
For advanced users: https://manjaro.org/
For playkiddies: https://endeavouros.com/
Since I know Mint and Arch are reliable and uncrashy and mature enough, I kicked all my Debian-based recommendations off the list. And … know what, I guess we kick EOS off, as well. Ya! Mint and Manjaro are all the modern lady of today needs. Both with Cinnamon desktop … and you’re settled for life.
Boys, sorry, I didn’t make my recommendations for you. Please note that I’m not a male and have no interest in and patience for making computers my hobby. You can use whatever freakish geeky system you fancy. Maybe EOS is right for you?
So girls, if you’re new grab yourself a Mint, and once you’re cool make your new home in Manjo.
PS: Btw, Bex, how’s your Manjo/KDE treating you? The congregation is waiting for a new experience report …