The 3 Linux Distros I Use

I have a home-built computer. It wasn’t purchased in any store. Rather, we bought a tower, and with a little help from my then-son-in-law, installed a motherboard, power supply, etc. We also installed 3 hard drives.

I certainly don’t need 3 hard drives. It turns out I’m only using a fraction of the space on each one. Drive 1 has 450 GB, 2 and 3 are both terabyte drives. So altogether I have 2.4 terabytes, and because I have too much empty space on all three of them I have 3 different Linux distributions on each one. I can boot from which ever drive I want by going into the BIOS and changing the boot priority.

Arch Linux

I once thought badly of Arch – because it seemed impossible for me to access and install it and because the Arch community, or so I thought, was too elitist. However, you can find out how to do anything on YouTube self help videos, and that worked better for me than the Arch Wiki. Of course, I had to watch the video on my cell phone while I installed Arch on my main computer, but I succeeded and here I am. By the way, installing Arch is in two steps. The first step is to install the basic OS, which leaves you with a command prompt and no graphical user interface, and the second step is to install a graphical user interface, which in my case is KDE.

Why Arch?

Arch is my favorite distro because it’s a rolling release in the true sense of the term and is easy to maintain. I have complete control over what goes on with my system. To update any Arch system from the command prompt you just have to type:

sudo pacman -Syu

Opensuse Tumbleweed

On my other terabyte drive I have installed Tumbleweed, the rolling distribution of Opensuse. It’s stable, easy to maintain, Had I to do it again, however, I’d rethink the idea of having more than one rolling distribution, because rolling distributions require regular, sometimes daily updating, and switching back and forth with my bios on a reboot makes this awkward.

Of course I could do this all in a Virtualbox, so why don’t I? Well the whole point was I have too much space on my drives, and second I back all my important files up to the other two drives for safety reasons. Third, it’s just more fun for me to have a complete OS you boot from for real rather than in a virtual environment.

Experimental Linux Drive

My third drive (450GB) is my experimental drive where, when I get bored, try installing various versions of Linux and BSD. My favorite BSD distro, BTW, is OpenBSD. What I don’t like about OpenBSD and all the BSDs for that matter, is the file system they use is different from EXT4 used by Linux, making backup of my important files impossible.

My favorite Linux distro for that experimental drive is still up for grabs, but not a rolling distro because it’s too hard to maintain 3 rolling distros at once. I am presently using Pisi Linux, before that Peppermint, Neptune, Maui, Ubuntu (which I don’t like), Fedora, etcetera.

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