I’m going to buy a SSD and need a good Linux Distro. Preferably with a minimalist and clean UI.
I’ve used Linux till 2008, and 10 years of OS X till 2018. It’s great to be back to Arch Linux. It’s better than ever
Nice, oprypin also mentioned a video in gitter that had a guy talk about how great Arch Linux is. Is it user friendly though? I mean, I use Linux on the server (Debian), and I feel comfortable in the console and know my way around, but I also don’t want to setup a GUI, etc. I just want to run an installer, and boom, I’m in a desktop environment.
If you’re looking for a clean UI and easy setup I think you’d enjoy elementary OS.
Arch is also my distribution of choice for personal computers. It’s been a long time though…
But Arch is specifically targeted at advanced users who want to have control over their system. You would certainly fit the target profile with server experience. But it’s not exactly a one-button, low-maintenance solution. Arch gives you a lot of freedom and is a great tool, but you’ll have to invest in that to meet the obligations coming with that freedom.
For what you’re looking for, I’d simply go with Ubunutu, no second guesses.
I’m using Ubuntu and OSX on desktop, and Debian for servers.
I really love Fedora, fast, simple, and GNOME 3 is incredibly intuitive imo.
I use arch but I’ll ditto what @straight-shoota said. You should look at manjaro or antergos. These are installer-based distros based on arch linux which give a nice middle ground between ubuntu and arch.
I like very much Arch based distros, actualy using Manjaro KDE, perfect for me.
You could try any other favors of Manjaro more minimalists.
I’m a happy ElementaryOS user, simple and elegant. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and I like it.
Ubuntu/Debian guy, I use either XFCE or LXQt. Used to the more traditional window layouts so found Elementary a bit too far from what I’m used to; it does look the part though.
I use Manjaro i3; it’s clean and minimalist, lightweight and comes with an already elegant themed terminal / i3 etc… Which is nice ground for customizing your distro
Example screenshot below. I did not configure so much out of the box; And for real, I prefer usage of Visual Studio Code