I think I am going to scrub my Ubuntu 10.04 system (the one I am typing on is Linux Mint Debian), and do another Arch Linux install. At that point Ubuntu will have been totally jettisoned. For an Ubuntu done better than Ubuntu, I have Linux Mint. LM is great for an easy productive installed Linux. However, it is so easy that it does not do much for my need for a Linux “geek” fix. So, that is what Arch is for. Not an easy install. I have to actually think, read, and learn to do stuff properly on it which is why I fell in love with Linux in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not an Ubuntu hater. The Ubuntu team did some really great things and set some really high bars that I think had a great influence on the entire Linux world. However, I think they have taken a wrong turn with their emphasis on the Unity desktop and have dumbed down the system far too much. I do appreciate their reasoning for doing this in that they want to get as many newbies and hopeless end users onto Linux and expand the user base. I really do applaud that and wish them all the best. However, it is just not for me. I am a hardcore geek. I write code. I do geek for a living and for pleasure. I just need something more chanenging and interesting. Fot me comptuing is not just a means to and end, it an end unto itself. So, of to greener pastures. I have done Arch before, and really like it. Even when I got stumped a few times on how to do something, I really liked it. Linux Mint for my everyday utilitarian computing and Arch for my geek needs. That’s where I am at now, but given time all this too will change. I love the ever changing Linux landscape.