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6989b0fee336db1a3962a941f5635daab548c674 — Reggie 9 months ago c80109d
section about types of release to distro blogpost
1 files changed, 29 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

M content/blog/actually-good-distro-recomendations-for-beginners/index.md
M content/blog/actually-good-distro-recomendations-for-beginners/index.md => content/blog/actually-good-distro-recomendations-for-beginners/index.md +29 -4
@@ 56,6 56,24 @@ that tho, since most distros support graphical package managers similar to app
stores on phones or the Microsoft Store on Windows. Unlike the Microsoft Store
they are not garbage and actually useful.

# Point vs rolling release

The type of release describes the way your distro gets updates. Rolling
releases update software as soon as a new version is available and point/fixed
releases only introduce changes according to some sort of schedule.

Example of a rolling distro is Arch and its forks. They get the latest drivers
and up-to-date software quickly, but it can be burdensome to keep track of all
the updates or to download a new version of a program for it to change suddenly
without a warning.

The direct opposite is Debian, which only has a new version every 2 years. You
will still get updates, but they will mostly include bug fixes, and you won't
have to worry about your applications changing drastically. If there is some
specific application which you always want on the latest version you may still
install it for example by using [Flatpak](https://flatpak.org/) or
[Snap](https://snapcraft.io/).

# What should you actually use then?

My general recommendation for new users is just: Use something popular, based


@@ 71,7 89,7 @@ considering and some reasons why you may want to use them.
-   [Debian](https://www.debian.org/)

    -   very stable
    -   slower updates
    -   slower updates, gets new release every 2 years
    -   by default not much software is preinstalled, and you might need to
        touch command line so choose one of its forks for more streamlined
        experience


@@ 80,6 98,7 @@ considering and some reasons why you may want to use them.
-   [Ubuntu](https://ubuntu.com/download)

    -   based on Debian
    -   release every 6 months
    -   easy to use
    -   huge community
    -   lots of guides


@@ 91,7 110,7 @@ considering and some reasons why you may want to use them.
    -   based on Ubuntu
    -   easy to use
    -   huge and friendly community
    -   easy to setup
    -   easy to set up
        [snapshots](https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/timeshift.html)
    -   community driven



@@ 106,9 125,9 @@ considering and some reasons why you may want to use them.

    -   notoriously difficult for new users
    -   big community
    -   rolling release and frequently updated software
    -   hands down best [documentation](https://wiki.archlinux.org/) there is,
        and I recommend checking it out even if you don't use Arch
    -   frequent updates
    -   lot of software available
    -   extremely customizable
    -   community driven


@@ 132,6 151,8 @@ considering and some reasons why you may want to use them.
-   [openSUSE](https://www.opensuse.org/)
    -   very powerful graphical configuration tools
    -   fairly easy to use
    -   has both a [point](https://get.opensuse.org/leap/) and
        [rolling](https://get.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/) release
    -   by default automatically makes system snapshots using
        [snapper](https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Snapper_Tutorial) to enable
        rolling back if something breaks


@@ 176,6 197,10 @@ opinion) don't deserve it, so I wish to offset that by some negativity.
        people who have no idea what they are doing install it because they
        want to become cool hackers[^5] and whatnot

## Update (2023-06-27):

-   added: section explaining point and rolling releases

## Update (2023-06-26):
*[link](https://git.sr.ht/~reggie/blog/commit/3c1503eccdb2b78dcf5f414bde7e15bd3c8e9216)
to commit with changes*


@@ 183,7 208,7 @@ to commit with changes*
-   added: 
    -   mention that arch wiki is a good resource regardless of distro
    -   mention snapshots under Linux Mint and openSUSE
-   fixed: openSUSE is not ran by SUSE, just sponsored by it
-   fixed: openSUSE is not run by SUSE, just sponsored by it
-   changed: replace all "ran by volunteers", "ran by community", etc. to
    "community driven" for the sake of uniformity