Linux Distro Preferences



  • Really not looking to start a flame-war, but instead looking to see why folks on here use specific distros.

    Personally I've slacked off (see the pun?) on distro hopping and pretty much stick to Linux Mint with the Cinnamon DE for desktop / laptop use and am moving most of our servers at work to Ubuntu 18.04 (from pure Debian) due to support / availability of dependencies without having to get into 3rd party repos (php 7.2 is available out of the box on 18.04) as well as Canonical's recent declaration of 10 years of support for 18.04.

    How about you?



  • Ubuntu is my preference. I tried a couple different distro's in the past but my interest wasn't peaked till I used Ubuntu. Trying to use Fedora for some small projects but find myself going back to Ubuntu.



  • I asked @scottalanmiller this the other day.

    His answer was, since most projects should be on their own VM, that he uses whatever that project’s maker suggests for the OS.

    As far as Desktop districts. I would assume you’d use one where you like the interface and it provides all of your needed functionality.



  • All of my experience has been with Fedora and CentOS. I tend to stick to them as I'm interested in the RedHat world. I've played with Ubuntu a long time ago before I entered the world of IT pro. I don't dislike Ubuntu, but I haven't had a compelling reason to use it rather than Fedora and CentOS.



  • I prefer Fedora always.

    That said, in production I always use the developers recommended distribution.



  • With the exception of FreePBX all my linux servers are Debian.



  • @notverypunny said in Linux Distro Preferences:

    Canonical's recent declaration of 10 years of support for 18.04.

    I am sure @scottalanmiller will weigh in on that shortly.



  • I use Fedora + Cinnamon for my desktop/laptop

    I use Fedora for every serever instance unless the product does not support it.

    I don't go as far as @scottalanmiller and use the same that the devs use unless it simply does not work on Fedora in a reasonable manner. If something Requires Ubuntu, I will use Debian every time. I detest Ubuntu.

    Ubiquiti designs for Ubuntu. I looked at the instructions for using Fedora or CentOS and saw there was no real supported path. So I run their stuff on Debian.

    NodeBB is system agnostic. The devs do use Ubuntu, but I run it on Fedora.



  • To me it depends on the task at hand.

    As far as desktops go, ham radio is pure Debian with Gnome because hobbyist programmers release in .Deb because that's what everybody else has done. For everyday use, it's Febora with Gnome.



  • As was mentioned, I use "what the devs recommend" in nearly all cases. Often they support many things equally. When they do, we deploy roughly in this order for servers...

    1. Fedora
    2. Ubuntu Current
    3. CentOS
    4. Ubuntu LTS
    5. Other in extreme cases (never really comes up.)

    For the desktop, we don't have that kind of outside control so our internal preference is way bigger. We only use...

    1. Fedora Cinnamon
    2. Deepin


  • Fedora is a great line... and there are a few different spins - so you get a more tailored system..

    That said.. I had been running Fedora - but am moving to Ubuntu - a few of the application I work with don't work well or at all under Fedora.



  • @gjacobse said in Linux Distro Preferences:

    Fedora is a great line... and there are a few different spins - so you get a more tailored system..

    That said.. I had been running Fedora - but am moving to Ubuntu - a few of the application I work with don't work well or at all under Fedora.

    See the above post about ham radio I assume.



  • My responses changes every time questions like that is asked.

    For Desktops:
    I'm a big fan of Gnome so its Fedora first and then Ubuntu (always the latest). The are others that either uses Gnome by default or provides Spins but the ones I've mentioned has less additional packages or tweaks to Gnome.

    For Servers:
    I always go with Fedora and Ubuntu first because there's no need to add more repos for packages that I need. Then its a toss up between CentOS, Ubuntu LTS and Debian.



  • @notverypunny said in Linux Distro Preferences:

    most of our servers at work to Ubuntu 18.04 (from pure Debian) due to support / availability of dependencies without having to get into 3rd party repos (php 7.2 is available out of the box on 18.04) as well as Canonical's recent declaration of 10 years of support for 18.04.

    This is why I use Fedora, where support is more generally geared towards enterprise rather than personal use or desktop use. I like the update cycle, and ease of updating, for Fedora Server. I'll generally choose Fedora where I can, and use CentOS when I have to load 3rd party software that requires old and outdated prerequisites.



  • For Desktop and Laptop use, I like Fedora Workstation with Cinnamon.

    I do have a personal laptop that is very proprietary where the only distro I could get working mostly correctly is Ubuntu. So I use that too.

    Personally, I believe you can't choose and stick to one distro for every case. If you do, you're doing it wrong IMO.



  • I use Linux Mint for desktops. With Cinnamon or Mate. I find it easiest to get used to for users who move from WIndows to Linux.



  • Was on Ubuntu for a couple of desktops for a while. Moved to Fedora starting with 26 and currently on 29. I don't mind either. Have both Ubuntu and Fedora on servers as well.



  • I always go with the most free software open source community based distros as first pick - Debian GNU/Linux in my case. Xfce when desktop is needed.

    Otherwise whatever seems most suitable and stable.



  • @notverypunny

    hehehe based on ubuntu 10 years, that came days after IBM purchased RedHat so it was more like Mark wanted to get attention. you really should not have added it to your factors.

    That said anything with XFCE is good for me for desktops and LXDE for small form factors computers like Pi or thin clients.


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