I started out long long ago with Soft Landing (remember that?) and then went on to many others including Suse, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Mint … even tried Puppy and TinyCore. I’ve used Mint for the past many years and it was just fine but I wanted to go to a rolling distro, as updating five machines (really, reinstalling) every year or two had become agonizing.
I didn’t want the long process of pure Arch five times over, and tried Manjaro. It just didn’t do it for me, maybe because I used the Gnome 3 version and found out why so many people hate Gnome 3.
So then came Antergos. I installed XFCE … and … wow. Three machines within a day and the other two won’t take a lot longer. (And these are backup/wipe/install/restore some stuff/set-up installations.)
But what really blew me away was the utter vastness of the stuff available through AUR … and all of it pretty much at the latest revision. That doesn’t happen with Mint. Further, everything worked out of the box, including things I never expected such as my scanner and my Nvidia graphics card. That didn’t happen with Mint either. Not to say that Mint is bad, it’s actually very good, but … wow.
Thanks so much to the Antergos community for this great distro. And yes, I did donate.