Lemme tell ya why I don’t fully agree with Karmi’s fave quote, which goes like this …
Umm, errm, Karmi, who is dabbling with Linux since 1996, should have enough experience by now to know kinda exactly what awaits him when he installs a new distro onto one of his many PCs. Even little Orca, the ignorant housewife, knows exactly what she ‘ll get. And she’s in the Linuxverse only since 2013.
Come on, Karmi, there is only a handful of motherships in Linux, and a plethora of desktop environments. The possible variants are plentiful indeed, but more or less we should know what we’re getting already when reading the description on the DistroWatch site or the homepages of the specific distros.
A Debian … any Debian-based distro will look and feel more or less the same when it’s on the same desktop. If I use LMDE/Cinnamon or Sparky/Cinnamon – it’s more or less the fuggn same! Same goes for Arch- or Ubuntu-based distros. We only got to deal with the idiosyncrasies of the base distros, the desktop is what dictates the way we work and how good we feel when using any Linux distro. It’s nearly identical all over the board, from Mint to Fedora.
The grade of complications and geekyness or n00b-frenliness, well, we determine that by ourselves, don’t we? So nobody can really complain later. When I install a stock-standard Linux Mint I’ll have an eezi future ahead of me. I choose the same Cinnamon desktop but on a Arch-based distro, like Manjaro or EndeavourOS, my life will become gradually more complex/geeky.
In the end, boiz n grrlz, in the end it’s all just awesome GNU/Linux. Once you’re on Linux for more than, say, 3 months, you’ll have that figgered out by yourself. And at least one of the ~600 available distros will be right for you. And also you will know that ~580 won’t tickle your tastebuds, but what praliné to pick from the box of chocolates. 😉
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