At the risk of starting a war I have to ask...

Should I use Ubuntu or Arch and why? I've always used Ubuntu but have seen a lot of people talking about Arch. Maybe it's time to make the jump?

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    If you like when things break when updating - use Arch
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    I use Ubuntu and I like it. Easy to set up, easy to maintain, works. I use my computer to get shit done after all not to fiddle with Linux 😃
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    just grab virtualbox, install both and see which one you prefer
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    Ubuntu fucks up almost every distro upgrade, e.g. 16.04->17.04. With arch you have a rolling release. Since changes are small, less stuff breaks and if in rare cases somethinh breaks, you can still fix it. Ubuntu is also bloated and deprecated. Arch gives you latest software. And no, software does not get better by not updating ...
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    if those are your only two options (but you're missing out on so many!!) then I'd prefer Ubuntu from personal experience. there are just so many things that don't work out of the box in arch, and even if they do now, chances are they won't tomorrow.
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    Arch Linux. Clean. Fast. No bloat.

    The cases where something breaks are really very rare and mostly quickly fixed.
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    @balte Install a clean Arch Linux but install all your applications in Docker Images/Containers. You can use any distribution within Docker that you want.

    In this way Arch Linux and the whole system remains clean and the chance that something breaks is very low.
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    @tracktraps that sounds pretty neat, but wouldn't it kill battery life on a laptop?
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    @tracktraps actually a funny consept but, isn't docker only for cli applications? wouldn't you have like some issues with that setup?

    Eg. If you install a browser with docker... How would that work?
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    @incognito I mean, you're already running an X server right? not sure how things would work with Wayland though.
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    @balte I'm sorry, Wayland?
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    @incognito @balte No issues at all.
    It has no influence on the battery, because it requires hardly any additional resources. It even offers you advantages because you can allocate resources (CPU, Cores, RAM, ...) to the individual containers as you like.

    Docker is not limited to the CLI. For example, I have all browsers running in Docker including GPU support.

    Just create a few aliases and you won't even notice that Docker is running in the background.

    A sample of my images, the smaller ones are based on alpine linux, the others on ubuntu 16.04:

    mc/vscode 572MB
    mc/firefox55 251MB
    mc/min 658MB
    mc/chromium61 469MB
    mc/rambox 390MB
    mc/tfs 441MB
    mc/chromium59 465MB
    mc/postman 406MB
    mc/tox 395MB
    mc/slack 684MB
    mc/borg 69.7MB
    mc/coinminers 681MB
    mc/whatsapp 452MB
    mc/dropbox 391MB
    mc/devrantron 548MB
    mc/torbrowser 560MB
    mc/chromium57 392MB
    mc/intellijidea 1.53GB
    mc/libreoffice 521MB

    If you are interested, I can create a repository at Github and post my docker files and aliases.
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    @tracktraps yeah please I would like to see that, (I have never created my own container and would like to learn how) I may even end up creating some containers 😇
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    Deprecated? Wth are you talking about
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    @Bandie I agree and welcome to devrant, here have your very first ++
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