Guess I’m a little overdue on doing this, but it happens. I’ve been using/experimenting with Linux for a long time…as in Red Hat 7.0 long. Yeah, 2.2 kernel, some of you guys don’t know just how good you’ve got it these days.
After messing with Red Hat, trying Mandrake, which was supposed to be "Red Hat but easier (and it was…relatively), I explored the Debian distros and realized why APT was awesome at the time. But I sort of ended up on SuSE until Ubuntu came out and made Debian “just work.” Somewhere in there I did a Gentoo compile, booted up, logged in, congratulated myself, and then reformatted.
Took me a little while to find the Arch family, plus I’m a sysadmin, and sysadmins are trained to not trust rolling releases and to put their faith in the first service pack, etc etc. Accomplished an Arch install using the wiki, again congratulated myself, and decided it takes too long to do each install…that’s a factor for me because I clearly do a lot of installing. Garuda was close, Arcos was close, but Endeavour really feels like the “just right” distro for me, it’s clean out of the box, but not so clean that I have to do a ton to get it set up. The tools and settings I need to do my setup are there already, and it doesn’t overload with options like Arcos, or overload you with packages like Garuda. So I’d like to welcome myself home.