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PC-BSD (based on FreeBSD) on my laptop works surprisingly nicely. It's been more stable than Xubuntu for me, and because of ZFS, capable of rolling back any wrongful update without an external backup. The ports system is straightforward and close to hand that I already want to contribute. I didn't know such system can be done with just a git cloned hierarchy of dirs with makefiles doing search. While its GUI app manager AppCafe resembles Ubuntu's user-friendliness, if not better.

For server maybe you can give OpenBSD a spin for its fame of security.

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