Originally Posted by jddphd
totally noob question here - what's the point in changing distros?
It's about finding something that works for you, which is sort of the legacy of UNIX/linux/*bsd. Everyone's minds work differently, and some distros have a "way of thinking" that may be more in tune to your personal style. It's hard to quantify what is "better", because better is based on your brain; hence, some folks switch to different distros to try it a new way and see if they jive more.
The biggest example of differences would be SuSE versus Gentoo; the Gentoo folks are knob-twiddlers and config tweakers, they like spending time getting the most perfomance out of their hardware in exchange for time spent learning compiler tricks and tips. A sort of 'tinkerer' mentality. SuSE serves the other way, they cater to a crowd that likes stability and ease of use, in exchange for quick easy download/install packages which take very little time to get in exchange for unoptimized code for their unique machine. Their is nothing *wrong* with either distro, they just have different kinds of users.
It's hard for some people coming in from the Mac or XP side, where you're used to being given one way of doing things and you have to live with it; Linux appeals to the person who wants their computer to adapt to their mind, not adapting their mind to their computer. Sometimes it takes trying several distros to achieve that goal.