I am thinking of switching from Arch Linux to Debian linux so that I get a more stable machine but I'm not sure yet.

I am thinking of switching from Arch Linux to Debian linux so that I get a more stable machine but I'm not sure yet. Are there any more advantages? Because I don't like using the Apt package manager.
Arch Linux makes installing packages really easy with the aur but it's often just more work to get certain things done especially on a new install.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Okay troony

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Doesn't matter what OS you install, its not like you use your computer to do anything productive

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      fair

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you just want to browse the web, play old games, listen to music, watch some movies, then it is really ok to switch to Debian. Some things don't work out of the box like in a rolling release distro; yt-dlp and mpv integration for example, you have to install the first one via python to get a functional updated version. But it's way comfier than Arch if you're breakage-paranoid.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I do use yt-dlp quite a lot but that's about it, I'll probably figure it out on my on.
      I just want something that just works now I use Gentoo for fun on my laptop but that's really just to nerd out at school, on my desktop I can do what I want.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The base debian install is "debian stable" which gets updated roughly every 2 years (besides security updates). However you can use debian as a rolling release by using debian sid (also called unstable, but it is usable unlike arch unstable). I won't get into the debate of testing vs sid because debian testing is not meant to be used as said by the debian team themselves: https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/choosing.en.html#s3.1.7
    Also debian has it's own AUR called makedeb https://mpr.makedeb.org/ it is really a clone of AUR and I believe you can install arch's AUR packages using it.
    Compared to arch, the package manager (dpkg) is really good and warns you about configuration overwriting. apt is just a tool that fetches packages from an external source. It's also very flexible as you can install packages compiled locally, and dpkg will automatically keep any dependencies needed for your compiled packages

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't mind infrequent updates besides security, i don't want to have to update my system every 2 days anymore.

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    Anonymous

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  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I suggest to keep arch on your main machine, and install debian on another machine, like an old laptop or whatever, to play around with. Then you have a system that always looks the same, even if you haven't used it for a few month.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Here's how Debian works. You install it, set up your software and then you basically don't worry about it for 5 years. Packages and software will be old but basically will have no problems, kernel will be older. Update every week or once every 6 months, basically there's no difference. Do you want that? Is that something you think "yeah that would be great" if so welcome to debian

      However if you wanna micro manage all your shit and keep up to date with newest changes and releases of things and need a lot of less popular obscure newer programs and compatibility with 3rd party repos doing regular maintenance on their projects, stay the frick away you'll be disappointed. is good advice

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    remember to keep us updated on your transition

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I switched to debian and did some simple configuration, right after that i already got this minor bug with the buttons on the firefox window which seems easy to fix but ill find it out.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I haven't even restarted yet i should try that first actually.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You will be fine. Debian has an expansive repository. I doubt there are many things you can't find granted they may be older releases. There are a variety of ways to get the latest software on Debian when needed. There are Flatpak, Snap, Nix, Brew, deb binaries and compiling from source. If you really have to have AUR packages you can setup a distrobox container and then export the app or binary. It is practically like having a native package. The only hard thing get updated software on stable for is the latest kernel. I just stick with the stock kernel and have no problems. The only thing that kind of annoys me is that some point yt-dlp gets outdated and I have to uninstall, black list it then install the developer supplied binary. Also, check out nala. I use it instead of apt.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for the suggestions. I don't mind having older software and if I do want more recent software I will probably just compile it from source.
      But I wil check out nala and see if I like it.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you can't back out now you have gone too far
    >I use arch btw

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have arch on my desktop and Debian sid on my x280 because I use it for eBay listings.
    Arch is so much easier to install software because of yay that I kinda stopped worrying about using another distro.
    Don’t listen to anons on here about Debian or arch being trash. Both are excellent distros.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I agree they are both great. One is just better at something then the other and just depends on your needs like any other distro.
      If there was 1 best distro everyone would be using it.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What do you mean "more stable?" I have used same arch linux install since 2013.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Arch Linux to Debian linux
    >Are there any more advantages?
    Debian has rocm compiled for more AMD consumer GPUs. If you want to do AI waifu stuff.

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