What is your favorite Linux distribution and why? I have used embedded Linux for years in products such as firewalls, load balancers, and etc. This is in addition to my experience with Unix systems dating back to the mid 80s. Nonetheless, many of my preferred tools in their own distributions such as GParted and Clonezilla are based on Debian due to great stability. Unfortunately, I had various hardware incompatibilities attempting to run Debian on my systems although that was probably over a decade ago now. For the last several years, I was running Ubuntu, but there started being things I really didn't like about it such as security issues (by default sending my data to Amazon), retirements of various apps/services without a replacement (Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Software Center, and etc.), and spending too much time developing software specifically for their phone including with them probably moving away from the Debian based package system to Snappy in the future. In addition, their fork of Gnome to develop Unity has become slow in comparison to standard Gnome, and developing GUI based applications requires a different and incompatible programming from standard Gnome which can already be difficult to program. Although, it is still a great distribution for people looking for an easy to install and maintain distribution. Nonetheless, I still prefer stability to having the latest and greatest software, so although I considered Arch and Fedora they were just a little too bleeding edge for my taste. Also, many of the software packages that I preferred were available as Deb based without having to recompile everything. So, I am currently running Debian 8 with the Gnome UI with great success. Oddly enough, I have installed fonts and Gnome extensions to provide an UI that is largely similar to Ubuntu's Unity.