I was first introduced to Linux on the Atari MiNT mailing list, which I read on a public-access Unix system (AT&T 3B2 running Sys3 Unix!). At the time, I didn’t have x86 hardware and Linux needed an MMU which my 68K-based Atari system didn’t have. I ended up installing it at work to see how it performed compared to the SCO Unix system we used there. It was one of the early Slackware systems on the Walnut Creek CDROM (still organized as floppies on the CDROM). I eventually used Redhat on some of our non-critical servers (95 or 96 I think) and my work desktop. I tried Mandrake and Suse on my new x86 laptop (refuse to use DOS/Windows). I used Gentoo for awhile, but it went downhill when Drobbins left. His new project, Funtoo is really great!
I found Ubuntoo to be horribly commercial and the idea that I couldn’t get to all my apps without a using a search that sent my search results to Amazon so it could show me ads just pissed me off. And the software center wanted to charge me money for open-source themes! I’ve also run Linux on embedded devices (including Sharp’s old Linux PDA), some Sun servers and workstations (including my dual-CPU SUN E400 with a PC graphics card and USB keyboard/mouse running Gentoo and reiserfs - they said it couldn’t be done!) , SGI Irix machines, and even a NeXT Workstation!
in all that time, I have found “dependancy hell” to be alive and real, and only solved by rolling release distributions. Most binary distros require 12 different conflicting repos to find that app you really need, or you have to compile yourself and first install 1000 header packages that should have been installed from the beginning! But, the source-based rolling-releasers meant that my laptop spent too many hours compiling. It’s a laptop, not a compile farm! Gentoo often left me twiddling with portage more often than using linux for real-work. Sabayon promised Gentoo without the compile, but the user-base is too small and updates were often buggy and things didn’t work as well as I hoped.
Antergos benefits from the massive Arch userbase without the pain of a manual install and configuration. I can get it installed in a snap (with a pretty decent installer - Sabayon uses Fedora’s and it’s really buggy) and it runs really well. Updates rarely break anything. Most software is in the default repos and AUR seems to have nearly everything else with very little install pain. Antergos is currently my most recommended Linux distro for those that just want to get something done rather than earn an IT degree by doing it all by hand (for that, try Funtoo!).