Some of my readers are probably wondering, “Huh? What the hell is distro-hopping?”
Well, for the sake of clarity, the term, “Distro-hopping,” is one that is often used by the people of the Linux community to describe the act of switching from one distribution of Linux to another distribution of Linux (Most Linux users are guilty of this type of behaviour).
I would also like to state for the record, that I have done my fair share of distro-hopping.
And, I am going to examine both the pros and the cons of distro-hopping.
Distro-Hopping Helps The Linux User To Find A Distro Of Linux That They Love
Did I like Ubuntu 15.10?
No, I did not!
And, why was that the case?
So, what did I do?
Linux Mint was almost perfect out-of-the-box (And, because of that, I did not have to do much tweaking).
Also, I was most pleased when I found out that Linux Mint came with a wonderful selection of free and open-source software.
In spite of being pleased with Linux Mint, I ended up experimenting with the various following Ubuntu-based distributions of Linux:
- Ubuntu MATE
- Ubuntu Budgie
- Ubuntu Studio
- Zorin OS
- Peppermint OS
- Feren OS
- Linux Lite
- Chalet OS
- Bodhi Linux
- KDE Neon
- Elementary OS
And, I also experimented with these Arch-based distributions of Linux:
- Manjaro Linux
- Anarchy Linux
I also experimented with these two Linux distributions that were independent (They were not based on any other distribution of Linux):
- Solus MATE (The one that I have chosen to use as my main distribution of Linux).
The only Linux distribution that I tried that was based on Debian was MX Linux (And, I have to admit that it is an impressive distribution of Linux).
In the future, I might experiment with Deepin OS (Which is another Debian-based distribution of Linux).
In my case, distro-hopping allowed me to figure out which distribution of Linux was right for me (So, my distro-hopping experience turned out to be a very positive one).
Distro-Hopping Is Ideal For The Technology Blogger
Yes, my friend, distro-hopping is ideal for the blogger who publishes technology-related blog posts on their blog.
In the past (the days when I published content on Blogger), I published in-depth articles that were based on various distributions of Linux (That was easy for me because I was eager to find out if the latest iterations of those Linux distributions worked well and were worthy of being used).
There are numerous distributions of Linux; therefore, one cannot run out of Linux distributions to review (And, that places the person who loves to publish technology-related blog posts in a blissful state of mind).
There will also be those people who are interested to know what it is like to use various distributions of Linux (And, this is where distro-hopping comes in).
Are you a technology blogger who enjoys reviewing various distributions of Linux?
Distro-Hopping Can Be A Bit Stressful At Times
One of the negative aspects of distro-hopping is switching to a distribution of Linux that is buggy (Encountering bugs on a Linux operating system can result in the user having a most unpleasant experience. But, one can always file a bug report; which helps the developers to become aware of the technical issue and the developers, in turn, will have them resolved in a timely manner).
And, another horrible aspect of distro-hopping is having the installation process fail on you (For example, Antergos failed to install on my computer twice in a row. However, I was able to get it installed on the third try).
There are people who do not have the patience for the things that I mentioned (And, I would not blame them because it takes people with a strong mindset to deal with bugs and dealing with the failure of an installation of a particular distribution of Linux).
So, you have been warned. If you have intentions of distro-hopping, you will encounter bugs and experience first hand, what it is like to have the occasional failure in the area of installing a Linux distribution on your hardware or on a virtual machine.
There Will Come A Time When You No Longer Need To Distro-Hop
If you managed to come across a distribution of Linux that is compatible with your hardware and works well and meets your needs, there is no need for you to continue distro-hopping (This is something that people who only own one computer should consider).
I have witnessed people complaining in the Manjaro Linux forum about how they left Linux Mint or Ubuntu that they claimed worked well and that they are frustrated with Manjaro Linux.
It was unwise of those people to leave Linux Mint or Ubuntu.
Besides, Manjaro Linux is a different kettle of fish in the proverbial sense; it is an Arch-based distribution as well as a rolling release (Technological hiccups are expected to occur occasionally with any distribution of Linux that follows the rolling release model).
In my case, I love to tinker; therefore I do not mind spending some time resolving technological issues on Manjaro Linux — the kind that creeps out of the figurative woodwork.
Unfortunately, there are those people who do not know when they should stop distro-hopping (They are the ones who will continue to have painful experiences in the world of Linux).
If you have more than one computer, it is safe for you to continue the practice of distro-hopping.
You can also continue utilizing your ideal distribution of Linux (the one that works well for you) on your main computer without wiping it clean from your hardware (The last thing that you would want to do is hamper your productivity).
There is also the option of experimenting with various distributions of Linux in a virtual machine. However, the experience is a much different one when a Linux operating system is installed on an actual hard drive or a solid-state drive because it allows the user to see as well as to know exactly the way it works.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that various distributions of Linux will work differently on numerous types of hardware and believe it or not, there is the rare occurrence where Linux will not work on certain types of hardware.
The good news is that there are Linux-friendly computers; such as:
So, it is up to the distro-hopper to choose their next distribution of Linux wisely.
As I have stated earlier in this blog post, it is okay to discontinue distro-hopping once you have encountered a distribution of Linux that works harmoniously with your hardware.
However, if you are a technology blogger or merely someone who has a deep interest in the way in which Linux works, you are free to engage in distro-hopping.
Do keep in mind, that if your chosen distribution of Linux does not work as well as you would like it to, there are the options of moving on to another distribution of Linux or returning to the one that worked well on your hardware.