I’ve been a Linux user since 2001. From 2011 (or maybe 2010) Linux has been my primary operating system using first Ubuntu and later, from 2013, Xubuntu. I’ve always used the long-term support versions as I prefer a very stable system.
Early 2020 I found out that the snap packaging system is mandatory and being an old and grumpy man I prefer the old-school repository way to install software packages.
In May 2020 I ordered a new laptop, a Lenovo Thinkpad T495. I decided to change Linux distribution from Xubuntu to Debian. I started to install Debian Buster, the stable version of Debian together with Debian Buster-Backports to get the latest kernel to gain advantage of the processor in my T495 (AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U).
Quite soon I found out that several software packages I use as radio amateur are out-dated in Debian Buster. I tried to mix Buster (stable) with Debian Bullseye, the testing version of Debian. The mix of Buster and Bullseye was very problematic already after a day or two and I reinstalled my laptop, now using Debian Bullseye.
After a day or two of configuring my laptop it is now up and running pretty much as I like to have it configured.
From now on I promise to be Debian loyal, at least as long as Debian does not force me to use snap or flatpack packaging software!