Good info and insights Alf. Your argument regarding Sid vs Testing is compelling…I hadn’t thought of that but the way you explained it certainly makes sense. I haven’t made any decisions, but I’ve been keeping an eye on Siduction, Sparky, Arch, and Manjaro in VMs on my system. Each has their strengths & weaknesses, as well as “fitting my existing workflow.”
I had keyed in on Sparky and Manjaro, but some recent experiences with Sparky and some software I need for work that isn’t in Sparky repos have caused me to downgrade Sparky a little. Tsujans comments regarding Debian Testing have caused me to look into Debian proper, and switch repos to testing. I hadn’t thought of that before; I thought I had to find a ready-made distro using Testing repos. It was a revelation that I could use Debian proper, but change the repos…so I’ll be looking into that further too. Thanks for the tip Tsujan!
In the meantime, Lubuntu has been solid for me and I really like the distro. My only issue with Lubuntu is the 3-year support window, after which one must completely upgrade their entire underlying OS (and hope for the best) or re-install and replace the existing system. If Lubuntu was rolling, this discussion would be over. But it isn’t, and the most recent 18.04 LTS doesn’t support LXQt , but I’ve ripped out LXDE from Lubuntu 18.04, installed LXQt in its place, and actually located a PPA with LXQt 0.14.1, rather than LXQt 0.12 that is in Ubuntu repos. The 0.14.1 PPA has been pretty solid for me, so far, and that’s my fallback position until I can make a long-term decision as to which distro is the right fit for me.
I feel like I’ve outgrown the 'Buntus, but not sure I’m proficient enough for Debian, Arch, or Manjaro, etc… I’m a diligent backer-upper when it comes to data and /home partition, but I should probably be looking into TimeShift for the OS itself.
I appreciate the differing perspectives and opinions provided on here. Everything I know about Linux is because I copied someone else’s idea or philosophy into my own practice. Someone is going to share information someday that resonates with me (perhaps they already have, but it hasn’t germinated in my brain yet?!) and at that moment I’ll KNOW the right answer for me.
Until then, thanks for the additional info. I like learning new things, and the burgeoning LXQt ecosystem is full of learning opportunities! Feel free to keep sharing!