G’day everyone! Firstly, it’s great to be here and see such a vibrant and bustling community surrounding this distribution which I am hoping will be my daily driver for years to come.
I’m quite new to the world of Linux. In fact, I installed my first Linux distribution about 1-2 months ago after I somehow stumbled upon a Linux video discussing how far it has come and the benefits of being on Linux versus MacOS or Windows. No, it wasn’t Ubuntu. It wasn’t Mint. It wasn’t Pop!_OS like a normal newbie to Linux would and probably SHOULD start with.
It was Fedora.
Did I mention that I didn’t know how to set up dual booting? Yep! I dived headfirst into a rather advanced (or at least it was at the time for me) distribution with ZERO experience with Linux or even a terminal… I had written like one bash script for some elective class I took in university and that was it. Needless to say that I had to learn fast. In the space of about 3 days I learned about desktop environments, package managers, essential terminal commands… And the fact that I wasn’t in Kansas (Windows) anymore as proven by several failed attempts to get some of my favorite windows applications and games working.
After about two weeks of using Fedora and learning as much as I felt like I needed to learn about Linux and how things work in this neighbourhood. I did what so many of you can probably relate to.
I call this phase of my life - Distro-Hopping! I started exploring different distributions from Ubuntu, Pop, Zorin, Elementary… However, I was disappointed with either the flexibility or performance of all of them. That’s when I found out about “ricing” and specifically, Arch. I began to notice that a lot of Linux game benchmarkers on YouTube were using Arch or an Arch-based OS, that the UNIXPorn subreddit was almost exclusively Arch and about a magical repository called the AUR. I started looking up how to get Arch and the process looks like a nightmare and potentially quite easy to screw up.
I almost gave up and settled on one of the other distributions until I found mention of EndeavourOS on YouTube. An Arch-based distribution that has an easy installer without TOO much GUI, that is quite stable despite being a rolling release and with all the flexibility of baseline Arch.
And so that’s where I am now. And honestly? I think this is where I’m going to stay for a long time if things continue as they have been.
Thank you everyone for providing a wonderful environment for me to explore this distribution and continue to explore Linux as a whole .