@switchingsocial I'm currently using Debian 16.04 and I'm doing great. I'm not very friendly with Linux use but did just fine. So it's great I guess. And it has a lot of great features and a easy way to install them from the store that it's already marked on the browsers favorites
The biggest reason to provide an alternative to Ubuntu is to not be beholden to Canonical. Piggy-backing off of them doesn't achieve this.
Even if you're saying "use Fedora", at least Red Hat is a second party.
Personally I don't think debian is that user-hostile, but it's definitely not as bulletproof to set up as Ubuntu or Fedora
@kit_darko @switchingsocial Indeed- someone told me that Debian can be a little more work to set up. But that didn't strike me personally as user-hostile, per se. What think you of LMDE, then, the Linux Mint distro that is based on Debian Jessie, NOT Ubuntu? It is considered a rolling release, and the site does claim it's not recommended for novice users for a few reasons.
@kit_darko @switchingsocial Of course- it's best to use whatever suits best. Incidentally, I'm looking at Groovy Arcade, an Arch-based distro for arcade emulation et al. I was running into problems getting MAME to work right on my regular desktop, so a specialized distro seemed the logical next step.
@switchingsocial Many people recommend Linux Mint.
Personally I recommend #Fedora. With the fedora media writer it's easy to install, with an active community around all the fedora services (https://apps.fedoraproject.org), including #fedoraMagazine and https://whatcanidoforfedora.org, it's easy to use, and of course it's well supported, thanks to #RedHat ^^
But as I said, that's just my opinion ^^
I went in as a Linux beginner to #debian and while there was a bit of a learning curve, the community and info out there made it very easy to pick up what I didn't know.
I'd recommend Elementary, too.
@switchingsocial I read your other replies, and I've looked at a few non-Ubuntu distros. Mostly, I speak as a gamer. I found it easiest to stick with Ubuntu and its derivatives to stay gaming. Indeed, Good Old Games (GOG) and Steam do the same, mostly listing Ubuntu specs for Linux requirements. The only exception I make is for arcade emulation- MAME on a regular desktop is becoming a pain in the butt.
It is based on Arch but has a more friendly installer.
I think it is better suited than *buntu, since it is rolling release and therefor users don't have to worry about wether they are on the latest version and do not have to migrate their systems every two years.