Linux Rolling Release Mistake

Linux rolling releases are not for every one. If you are like me, valuing stability, Debian is your best bet. I tried Antergos, an Arch Linux installer. I had issues and 2 days later I had to move back to Ubuntu.

I love Ubuntu! I marketed Ubuntu as a university student. I have never felt the need to hop linux distributions. But last Friday was an exception. Following the SSD upgrade in my work laptop I decided to try Antergos gnome version.

The installer wasn’t impressive. The UI wouldn’t let you to login to an WiFi with a password. I had to use the command line to configure the WiFi. The rest took a long time to install too. It was the longest OS installation I have handled in my whole life.

After installing, I started tweaking Gnome. Few hours and I was able to make it look really cool. Any software I installed was bleeding edge. Some were actually alpha releases.

It didn’t take long for me to experience my first bug. I managed to work around it. Just a few hours later I had the next bug. In that case I had to downgrade the lib. Guess what, rolling releases are about cutting edge! You need a separate tool to downgrade. At the end I managed to get all to work.

Then the following Monday I started working on my UpWork projects. I noticed that the UI would kind of freeze momentarily. Following some comments online I booted using XOrg which didn’t help. Then I installed NVIDIA drivers. The issue persisted.

Just few hours before 9AM West Cost time, I decided to give up and move to Ubuntu.

The installation went cream smooth and really fast. Within an hour I setup my development tools and configured for testing.

Rolling releases are not for every one. I am thinking of installing Arch (plain old Arch and not Antergos) in my secondary laptop. If stability is your concern look no further than Debian. I like Ubuntu.