I have been a Linux user for about fifteen years now, coming from the days of Mandrake or Mandriva or something that had to be loaded live into RAM from six or eight floppy drives. Then I progressed to Sir Mark Shuttleworth’s free Ubuntu Linux. From there to Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate, an obese beast lacking drivers for all my peripherals. I then went to PearOS (methinx, or was it Peach??) and then some.
After having used Mahdi from Iran’s AriOS, I went all the way Down Under to try out Tom’s UltimateOS. The sweet spot, however, was Mint Cinnamon DE. I had a nasty with Mint Xfce in that it lost its .ICE file and booted into a very dark space.
Manjaro did that a few times and a fellow blogger sneered at that OS. Now there is a distrosnob lurking around every corner, trying to tell you that Mint is for sissies and Arch for those that had grown a pair. Let me disagree: after several Manjaro failures, also RebornOS and some other Arch flavours, there is one thing consistent: they lose their desktops and boot into darkness with a very dead cursor sitting dead still at the top left of the screen. No, Arch isn’t “for people who want to know how Linux works” as the darn thing doesn’t work at all.
And the Calamares installation often fails at around 99%………after having taken hours to get there. Which is why I am still freakin awake by well past 4am since last night. The stupid EndeavourOS, built on Arch, finally installed after I had laid my hands on my laptop and asked God to get the daft thing working as I couldn’t. Calamares regularly fails on the first attempts to install anything Arch or based on that.
Distro snobs should know that, for most users, a computer is there for us to do work on, using a browser, mail app and office suite. We aren’t snake oil salesmen doing our rounds reading the entrails of your pet misbehaved distro. Someone should have killed this crap off long ago and sent themn back to Bill Gates and that Windows 10 Pro that actually installs and works very nicely. They have never tried it yet bash it – how daft is that.
Or the geekiot that told me that “your hardware is incompatible.” Said hardware that runs well on at least fourteen Debian-based distro’s plus Windows 10 Pro. The only oddball here is anything Arch that is guaranteed to fail. So, when an IT guy spills crap like that, I know that I’m dealing with yet another chemtrailer, flatearther, communist or otherwise deluded fool. As only an absolute idiot wants to know a dysfunctional distro that intimately.
At the time of writing, time is approaching 04:30 in the morning and I am supposed to rise within two hours, but I have to supervise a Lenovo Thinkpas with Haswell i7 Quad 2.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, Geforce Nvidea GT740M 2GB graphics and otherwise running very smooth until it has to pass through the Arch.
The daft Arch family thing also can’t mount my backup partition where my ISO files live……….
The only failure here is Arch Linux, supported apparently by a gang of masochists.
And I am longing back to the sweet, smooth, dependable, reliable, trustworthy, stable Linux Mint Cinnamon that I so carelessly cheated upon without having made a bootable USB first.