Hello there, nice forum, had a problem with my wifi stick and a few posts later the problem was solved. I now have a new kernel, something I haven't had to do in years.
Started using Linux in 2002, back then my first distro was Red Hat, when it was free, then moved to Fedora in 2003. Liked the bleeding edge thing, though I had no experience and nothing to compare it with. Then tried Suse and Mandriva, all my college friends were using Debian and recommended that, but something held me back. When Ubuntu was announced in 2004 I jumped on -this was based on the stable Debian and sounded cool - like the spirit of Ubuntu.
Used LTS realeases always, never cared for that bleeding edge thing. Never cared to install latest and experimental kernels or latest and greatest software. What was important was that my Firefox and Open Office would not crash and I would not have to worry about updates breaking things. Liked to keep things simple. Ubuntu worked for years, but in 2015 I decided to give Linux Mint a go and used that ever since.
This year I decided to finally install Debian stable on my main computer, a decision that was smart, since it hasn't crashed a single time, which is what I want. Then on my testing desktop, an old really ■■■■■■ machine, I try out different things just for fun. Installed Zorin on it and oh boy - what a truly corgeous distro! Like the Gnome a lot and install was a breeze, the welcome screen was helpfull and the Zorin Appearance app is the best I have seen in any distro, gives you clear and easy way to switch between layouts, colors and themes.
For the desktop, used KDE for a number of years, then Gnome, preferred the simplicity of Gnome, KDE was just too... komplicated for me. With Mint I fell in love with Cinnamon and when installing Debian 11, the installer gave you the option to install multiple desktop environments, so I went crazy and installed KDE, Gnome and Cinnamon. Tried them all, but just my personal preferance, Cinnamon is the best.
Now on Zorin I kind of get what Gnome is all about. It is truly simple, pretty and does what it is supposed to do with zero fuss. If I still like Zorin after a few months or so, Debian will have to go on my number one machine and Zorin it is.
And since Pop! OS, Mint and Zorin are all based on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based on Debian, it's all a happy family. Thinking I'll be using Debian based distros forever.
Having said that, is there any reason to try out Arch based distros and what is the point there?
Just looking for a nice chat and good time!