If you saw the screenshot, you know I took a brief dip back into Arch Linux yesterday. Already I’m craving Ubuntu again.
I like Arch a lot, and I want to like it more. But the fact of the matter is that I’m always installing and reinstalling things, breaking them and tweaking them, and the time it takes me to set up an Arch build is not exactly conducive to that.
I’ve heard people make the same complaint about Gentoo, and I can understand it: Sure, once the machine is built it’s phenomenally fast, but until you reach that point, you’re spending extra time configuring and tweaking — and in the end, you don’t lose anything over a preconfigured distro. Ubuntu might run slower than Arch, but Ubuntu is up and running while I’m still trying to get sound working in Arch.
Nevertheless, what seems like a quirk or a defect in one distro is a perk in the other, and depending on what I prefer at any given moment, neither one is likely to go away anytime soon.