Used it, sucks great deal.
- very inconsequently built
- repository is not full debian repository
- actually, its not rolling release; its "wave-release", which means it may break compatiblity with debian itself.
- (debian specific) no ppa
- a lot of automation missing, which you expect from for-noob distro
it feels like debian, behaves like debian, so why not debian instead. But debian is definitely not for-noob distro. A lot of functionality one expects on Ubuntu, is RTFM and "do yourself" thing on Debian.
Mint is just not for me. I'm a Ubuntu user and I compile my own kernels and re-build some of my system stack, not needed? No but I do because I can. =)
ArchLinux does 'unnerve' me when I spend tons of hours installing and tweaking everything just right and a bleeding edge package destroys hours of work in seconds. That's not for me or any other sane computer user with an actual day job and family life.
OpenSuse? Well SUSE Linux 9.1 was my first linux distro back in 2005 before I switched to Ubuntu in 2009. Nowadays I can't make headway with OpenSUSE, it's too different in terms of how I've learned to do things.
The others are good but they aren't better than Ubuntu which sucks in some ways also.
Windows 7? I love how fast it makes thumbnails of all your media files, even PDFs and h264 encoded matroska containers. Oh wait..
Windows 8? ROTFLMAO!!! Good joke mate.
OSX? Well I'd consider running that if I thought I had anything but bad choices for the box to run it on! The only box that fits me is the Mac Pro and that's a $2500 entrance fee.
Originally Posted by nightmarex
Okay so Mint leaves that bad Ubuntu taste in your mouth? Arch unnerves you? Well that restricts your greatly.
OpenSuse (12.3 releases soon)
Since it's free try them all on a banger box or virtual machine and see if you dig any of them... if not. Windows 7 or OsX =)
I like fedora, once you add the rpmfusion repo for multimedia stuff and the infinality repo for good font rendering its great I'm currently using fedora 18 with gnome 3 and it runs great, very solid; surprisingly actually more stable than ubuntu 12.10 did for me and this is a system76 laptop (all my hardware works out of the box in fedora 18 too, in ubuntu i needed to install the system76 driver to get the card reader and brightness keys to work)