Ask HN: What Next After Ubuntu?

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  • pop-os-rootfs

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    I have been using Linux since the late 90s, and honestly, there's no correct answer. I use AlmaLinux for serious stuff. I use Intel's Clear Linux on my workstation. I use Slackware for hobbyist stuff.

    In your case, I would suggest taking a serious look at Debian since you're already using it via Ubuntu. While I do not care for rule by committee, Debian has a rather good track record. You may also want to look at Pop! OS

    Beyond Debian and Pop!, Arch is quite common. I never cared for it personally, but many people (and many whom I respect) love it.

  • manjarno

    Why you shouldn't use Manjaro (by EmeraldSnorlax)

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  • nixpkgs

    Nix Packages collection

    I'd say it's really about the documentation, including "unofficial" documentation like bug reports and SO questions. Part of why Ubuntu is so popular is because there's enough of a community that whatever issue you hit, someone's probably already hit it before and asked about it on SO, where it has a highly upvoted answer that fixes the issue and explains it. That's also why NixOS seemed like a better choice than Guix to me.

    One thing I ran into was setting up a Python project using poetry2nix. Mostly works great, but then you sometimes get inscrutable error messages. I had to copy this into a shell.nix file for reasons that aren't entirely clear to me (and I had to hunt it down from myself instead of finding docs or a bug report):

        astunparse = super.astunparse.overridePythonAttrs

  • ubuntu-pro-client

    Ubuntu Pro Client for offerings from Canonical

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    The following packages have been kept back:

      python3-software-properties software-properties-common update-notifier-common

  • dnf

    Package manager based on libdnf and libsolv. Replaces YUM.

    However its o my going to work on rhel 10 or anything that has very very up to date DNF version.

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