Debian Sid vs. Siduction KDE19 Mar 2021
Two great Debian KDE distros
Debian Sid on my Acer C720
Siduction KDE on my old Dell Vostro 200
Years ago I ran the predecessors to Siduction (Sidux and Aptosid) as my daily driver. Both were great but when Siduction came out I was not thrilled with where KDE was at during that time so I never gave it proper testing. With KDE once again my desktop environment of choice and Siduction releasing version 2021.1, I was ready jump in and take it for a spin. Right away I was liking it and after adjusting a few things to my liking, I really liked it. After a bit I decided I wanted to try it on some more hardware. This is where I ran into the one downside, there is no LUKS option in the installer. Yes I know you can manually set this up but I don’t want to have to play around with partitioning. With this discovery I thought “Why not try out Debian Sid directly?” I started with the netboot image and installed Debian stable with KDE and LUKS. From there I adjusted apt repos, upgraded, and had an awesome Debian Sid install. The Sid branch of Debian is great, it may be marked as unstable but has been solid for me so far. I’m not slacking on Timeshift backups though just in case. As someone who runs Debian stable on my servers I really enjoy being able to run a version of Debian with much newer packages on a laptop/desktop and at this point I am really tempted to switch over my main machine. Both distros are well worth checking out. Siduction will get you up-and-running much quicker but if you want more control, straight Debian gets the win (kinda like EndeavourOS vs. Arch). I’ll be keeping both of these around and if Debian Sid keeps chugging along it could easily become my daily driver.