Manjaro here. Hopped around a few distros but when it came to Manjaro, things ‘just worked’. Few niggles here and there once I spent more time in it, but nothing that would deter me. If it wasn’t for Rekordbox (and the odd Windows only game), I’d get rid of my Windows disk and boot only Manjaro.
Debian Testing. While having a burnout I broke Arch Linux and found it too much to repair or reinstall in that situation and returned to Ubuntu MATE. Some time later I started wishing for newer packages and I got interested in Debian’s onion services which I found innovative and after deciding that PPAs are a thing of the past with Flatpak and Snap, I moved.
I also have Debian Buster (currently testing) in family, because I found Debian Stable/Stretch to be missing helpful features such as Plasma volume control having quick enable/disable buttons and plasma-discover-backend-flatpak & plasma-discover-backend-snap with which my family might actually install updates (but it still appears that I am doing that over mosh/ssh over Yggdrasil/.onion at times).
By the way, remember to always PasswordAuthentication no in sshd_config if you are new to Linux, you won’t regret it and I wish OpenSSH handled HiddenServiceExportCircuitID.
I am on the same train as Jonah, but I would like to have at least one machine I use regularry run Linux. probably it will be a thinkpad, maybe a Dell (if touch works with a Linux distro as well).
But since I am so used to the MacOS way of working it is even hard to getting things done on windows nowadays. My Windos machine is mainly used for gaming. An the moment I need to get things done I am back on mac.
The Linux machine should become the default companies to the windows machine. I am even thinking of hacking them somehow together so I can watch movies or something while gaming.
So now to my question.
What distros would you recommend for someone switching from Mac? and especially what “skin”? (I have no clue what their proper name is.)
I am currently running Antergos on one system and Manjaro on the other. However I will likely eventually get both on a pure Arch setup. I use KDE on both mostly for the customization options, but KDE has it’s weirdness.
as recommended to me when departing Windows for good bit over a year ago I’ve converted household to Mint 19.1, prefer Cinnamon DE (good workflow setup with dock, panels and various spices). Also use Mint Mate and XFCE on two older systems.