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Veevee's Adventures in Distrohopping
- Manjaro: Ran perfectly when I used it in a virtual machine, so I created a Live USB with XFCE (since KDE wasn’t working well in the VM). It worked just fine, and it supported my wireless card (which is usually very finicky), which was a huge plus. But Calemares (the installer) immediately segfaulted, so I had to sink two hours into waiting for Architect to install a minimal installation. I rebooted, and the system appeared to only be half-installed: none of the hardware buttons worked, it refused to let me change the backlight level, and every key press made an annoying BIOS beep. A later install attempt with i3 went well and was mostly usable, but I had to write a tiny script to manually lock and suspend the system when I closed the lid.
- Trisquel: Refused to install in a virtual machine; refused to boot on my machine; refused to even show up in the EFI boot list.
- Mint: My favorite distro; it’s certainly the one I keep going back to after a botched install in any other. All roads lead to Mint, if you will. All of my hardware (except for my touchscreen :( ) works without a single hitch, but the installer doesn’t download updates as it installs, which means that you have to manually apt update && apt upgrade after a fresh install. The live USB makes a chime when Cinnamon, the desktop environment, is fully loaded and ready to go, which makes me cry every time for some reason. Just like I'm a prodigal distrohoping son come home again with a pocket full of apologies.
- Debian: Haha, very funny. The installer constantly nagged me for firmware files for my network card, even when I explicitly made a Live USB with the nonfree firmware. When I finally got it installed, it was sluggish, and my laptop’s fan refused to run at anything other than top speed. It works just fine on my old Android tablet, though.
- Antergos: Everything I loved about Manjaro- the AUR, the speed, the hardware support, the fact that it wasn’t Ubuntu- but with an installer (Cnchi) that
didn’t crash, immediately or at all. Would be my daily driver if I could figure out how to get Virtualbox working. Disregard that, Cnchi now crashes upon entering the partitioning menu, and Antergos continually crashes upon suspend about half a third of the time. I need stability, and Antergos ain't it. Also, the antergos-gnome-meta package interferes with trying to uninstall GNOME's shitty music player.
- Fedora KDE: The first distro that I found that didn't kill itself on first boot with full-disk encryption enabled. Would have been my daily driver except that it
crashed upon suspend upwards of 90% of the time, warranting a complete system reboot every time doesn't have the development version of Dolphin Emulator in the repos, so I had to setup a dual-boot with Lubuntu. Also, trying to rename files in Dolphin, the default file manager, would cause my laptop's speakers to scream static randomly, so I had to uninstall it and replace it with Thunar. All of the icons in it are missing for some reason, but it doesn't rape my speakers, so...
- Ubuntu Budgie: Everything I ever wanted in a distro: Ubuntu/Debian packages, a desktop environment that didn't look straight outta 2009, full-disk encryption support, and a system that didn't crash on suspend. Just two little problems: right-clicking doesn't work, and USB devices and SD cards refuse to show up unless I reboot the system with them plugged in.
- OpenSUSE: I tried it once when I was new to Linux, and the text-only installer scared me to shreds. Plus, it refused to acknowledge my wireless card, and I didn't see an option to dual-boot it with Windows 10, which I was also using at the time.