Top 7 Best Rolling Release Linux Distributions
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Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest of Linux kernel and software? Here are a few recommendations on best rolling release Linux distributions.

As always, this is an opinion based post and you can agree or do not agree with such suggestions.

@sp6ina@lemmy.ml
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in my opinion:

  1. Arch Linux - great, fast updates. However, after a long break, updating can be complicated. Everything a person can do their own way. Very fast and efficient. AUR is sometimes a lifesaver
  2. OpenSuse Tumbleweed - obs is great (better than aur). Sluggish. Snapshots make updating seamless even after a year of non-use. I don’t like yast.
Kinetix
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I was never thrilled with Opensuse. I found regardless which flavour I was on, I had to enable so many extra repositories that it eventually turned in to a mess each time.

@savoy@lemmygrad.ml
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I’m just glad whenver Void gets more attention, it’s honestly incredible. Definitely not for inexperienced Linux users, but it’s a more sound choice for “minimalism” than Arch is. And an AUR-type repo could easily be maintained if users wanted it given how flexible xbps-src is.

@brombek@lemmy.ml
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49 hilabete

Same here. I have been using xbps-src to build some custom packages and coming from RPM spec, it is such a joy to use. Hosting custom repos is also very easy and fast.

Kino Eye ☭
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59 hilabete

I’m currently on EndeavourOS and absolutely loving it, happy I switched from Manjaro. I want to try out Gentoo and Void in the future.

@americanwaste@lemmy.ml
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If you want to use Debian with a rolling release, you should be using Sid and not Testing, namely because Testing is the next release’s branch and lags behind Sid at times. For security reasons either use Stable which has its security patches backported, or Sid where patches are provided as quickly as the package is put in the repo.

There’s arguments that Testing/Sid aren’t truly rolling because they’re frozen for several months when it’s near a final release of the next stable branch, but I’ve been using Sid on my main machines for almost a decade now, and it’s not something I really think about aside from once every two years.

Sr Estegosaurio
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49 hilabete

I recently managed to install Gentoo (mostly thanks to the gentoo matrix room) and I just love it.

Kinetix
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29 hilabete

Gentoo is one of my go-to’s that I come back to time and time again.

I don’t mind spending my time with Gentoo as one can have very stable systems with it (as per your choosing), and if one uses a half decent machine to do all the building, it can supply more lowly machines with a current repository of binary builds.

Yes, it has it’s headaches from time to time (similar to the mention above about Arch and what happens if you don’t update for some time), but nothing insurmountable.

Ravn
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49 hilabete

If you feel comfortable learning a functional programming language, NixOS is unbeatable when it comes to stability and (usually) up to date software. If you already know (or prefer) Lisp/Guile, Guix is just as good, as long as you don’t depend on proprietary software.

SudoDnfDashY
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29 hilabete

Nonguix is there for your proprietary needs.

SudoDnfDashY
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49 hilabete

Solus is super great. Stable and rolling.

azron
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69 hilabete

You using budgie as your DE or what? I’m looking for a new family friendly distro to replace windows (by request believe it or not) and this one keeps coming up.

SudoDnfDashY
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I’m actually using i3

https://lemmy.ml/post/132113

But Budgie is amazing. It’s slightly lower on resources, easier to configure, and more user-friendly than GNOME. Most of the apps a average user would need are there, and they are all in their latest version, updated every Friday.

Mossy
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29 hilabete

I don’t know if Budgie is “more user-friendly” that GNOME, from my experience, I’ve found the opposite to be true. Although, Budgie is probably easier to adapt to if you are coming from Windows.

SudoDnfDashY
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29 hilabete

I think that it personally it is more user friendly. GNOME is very different ways of doing things, and while that is one of it’s strengths, it makes it feel unlike anything I’ve ever used and less user friendly to me.

Mossy
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29 hilabete

It’s one of those things that varies a lot from person-to person. Maybe GNOME’s activity-oriented workflow suits you better, or maybe you prefer a task bar. The great thing about Linux is that we have these options!

SudoDnfDashY
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Agreed. Personally tiling is my thing, but I do love GNOME. Even if it doesn’t fit my workflow, I do appreciate all DE’s and think the more choice the better.

Mossy
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@blkpws@lemmy.ml
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Grauda is pretty neat, for me much better than Manjaro… https://garudalinux.org/index.html

I actually install the XFCE version which is more simple and then I use my own i3WM configuration/environment stuff. This way I can use their repos and their “Garuda Welcome” GUI which has pretty neat options to automatize steps.

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