so uhh my laptop just got wiped so it's time to play my favorite game
its pick an os time
any recommendations? (obviously not windows)
@engal Are you looking for anything specific, like stable vs rolling release, Debian- or RHEL-based, something adventurous like Gentoo or Slackware?
My day-to-day workhorse has been Arch or a flavor like Manjaro. It's a bit tough to get going if you haven't done it before, but you really do learn a lot if you do the standard Arch install, and you get the build your system how you want it.
Elementary OS or Ubuntu Budgie would be solid choices if you don't want to go crazy with Arch or Gentoo 🙂
@brotherballan nothing real specific, but I was thinking about arch. Honestly app support is a big for me, but i love the customizability of arch, so right now I'm sort of trying to balance everything out
@engal @kungtotte I like Flatpak on more stable OSes like Debian or Ubuntu, since it's much easier to add the flathub.org repo and install Slack, Discord, etc from there instead of a myriad of different PPAs/repos.
I haven't used it with Arch because I have the AUR available and it's easy to use with "yay", and I'd have to maintain a second set of software instead of just using one command to update everything. Of course that means you need to trust the maintainers for software on the AUR 😉
@engal @brotherballan If you have any sort of experience with installing Linux I recommend using the Manjaro Architect. It's a text-mode installer that will let you pick any (or several) DE/WMs during install, instead of having to pick one pre-made ISO to download.
There's some good tutorials around too: https://forum.manjaro.org/t/installation-with-manjaro-architect-iso/20429
@engal I'm more worried about why your laptop "got wiped"? o.O
@ohyran don't worry user choice
@jiminycricket ill look into it
@engal I love elementary OS!
@alcinnz elementary os really isn't for me. IDK why, just don't like the design of pantheon, and after pantheon, it's practically Ubuntu.
@engal Arch with i3-gaps 😎
@amolith yo so umm i3 about that
@engal Lol what are you asking about it?
@amolith idk i may be braindead and it may not be how i3 works but i try to start it and all i get is black
(if i'm missing something about how i3 works sorry)
@engal I barely remember the default config lol. Try Super+Enter or Super+T. It should open a terminal and you can view the config and set it up from there.
@amolith super+enter does it. remind me to not ask questions about Linux and complex setups while I'm really tired
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