If you are installing a new distro today you must post in this thread with your old distro and your new distro.
Old: Ubuntu Precise
New: Crunchbang Waldorf
the wifey is using my computer more often while I was at work and needed something that wasn't l33t
Thinking about trying out gentoo on my thinkpad though
I'm a big #! guy but to shut guys like >>45595721 up I like to install #! and then modify the repos with all debian Sid repos and remove the #! stuff. With a little work you get all the theming of #! in Debian Sid.
But just starting out in a real distro (ie not Ubuntu) just keep it stock and enjoy it for awhile.
Ubuntu Trusty -> Elementary OS Freya Beta 1
The latter was an iso preconfigured for my hardware, while the former was one I'd poorly configured myself.
Was going to try Fedora, but it seems any newer 64-bit distros Live USBs just crash on boot, so I'm sticking to this Elementary set up that works well enough. Pantheon's a bit limited, but it's less bloaty than Unity.
I use arch and gnome and day to day involves no maintenance. The only times I run into problems are after running updates and I doubt you have to worry about wifey doing that.
I've used Fedora plenty. It works really well and is also bleeding edge. It's put together by Red Hat so it's very stable. Fedora 21 just came out a couple of days ago so if you count that as a plus there you go. While the temptation is there I tend to not use it on servers that I can imagine living longer than a year due to the lifespan of updates only being around a year. However, if you're just running it on your laptop and you tend to distro hop like most Linux users that's fine.
Old: manjaro xfce
New: linux mint cinnamon
Spent a full 60 seconds going between workspaces when I first loaded it up.
Comcast is throttling my steam downloads like a bitch.
>try 5 dif dl server locations
>dialup speeds everywhere
>turn on VPN - 6.4 megabytes per second
Arch with a beautiful noob-friendly installer preconfigured with very sensible settings. Is trivial to remove what they add later.
I've installed Arch before and it's just a headache. Have had Antergos's Arch installed for weeks now and it's a really great time. Like, I could not possibly be happier with how well everything runs.