This is inspired by some of the controversy around changes to the Arch installation process and it got me thinking about the different levels of complexity associated with installing and maintaining the various distros.
Here’s a list of some of the popular distros arranged in roughly decreasing order of complexity (based on my direct experience and then the current limits of my knowledge).
LFS with BLFS >
Debian / Fedora / Manjaro / RHEL / CentOS >
Mint / Zorin
Some people choose distro mainly based on aesthetics or feel, but if you chose because you definitely enjoy a certain amount of tinkering that matches a certain distro or an excellent out of the box experience and as little as possible complexity, I’ll be interested to know which you chose and why, with reference to complexity.
I’m not sure where best to place openSUSE and MXLinux which are also popular, so if you use distro that’s not on my basic list, where you think it might fit could also be useful to know!