Hey there everyone
I’ve been a Linux user for quite a while now(years) but using other distros not based on Arch. Over these last few months I’ve been wondering the pros and cons of changing not only the distro but the model(fixed to rolling release) duo to many applications that I use and actually improve(cuz sometimes they get worse, let’s be honest) over the time. So in this ridiculous year, to say the least, I decided to take on a new adventure and get to Arch/Arch based distros and rolling release for the first time. This sounds too dramatic but I’m a very paranoid and anxious person and I need everything to work when I’m on my computer. Now, I know what’s said, it’s usually the user’s fault when something brakes and I agree.
I understand the “risks” a rolling release can bring to the user but the benefits seem to outweigh those said risks. That said, I would like to keep my future EnOS as stable as possible while having the newest software releases and not relying on flatpaks or snaps(I’m not a fan of them, nothing personal against the projects just it’s not for me).
So my idea would be to stick with a LTS kernel, daily backups and restore points and only use the AUR for something I absolutely have/like to use(for instance Timeshift, which I believe isn’t in the arch official repos, at least not yet).
Also, it seems sometimes new config files(.pacnew?) will appear when you update and you have to decide if you want to overwrite or keep the old config file, is this correct?
I’d also use a DE that doesn’t change much(Xfce for example) and that I can customize to my liking.
Please, any idea of what I can do to make my new “adventure” as safe as possible, shout it out. These were just on top of my head.
Sorry for the rant, and thanks