Hey, sort of Linux noobie here. I like the idea of a rolling release like Arch, but I'm not smart enough to not break it five times a day.
I really would prefer having new software to perfect stability though.
Is Debian testing anything like Arch, and is it stable enough to use?
i think you should just go with debian, but you don't "break arch 10 times a day"
the only times ive ever had a problem with arch linux is of course the systemd jump, and proprietary drivers, but i couldn't get the latter to work on any other operating systems anyways (amd you are shit)
>customizationx and greater control over your machine
You're aware that Debian is 100% Free, right?
So by definition you've got just as much customisation and control as with any other distro that's 100% free, and more than any distro that isn't.
i would say the aur. i didn't appreciate it until i tried debian based distros. but it automatically installs all compiling dependencies and makes compiling a breeze.
also i am not fond of the hoops debian makes you go through just to install nonfree programs. even ubuntu is a pain in the ass with that. the aur is like a one stop shop for 'ppas' and you don't have to add new ones every time you want to install something and overall arch is just a lot less of a pain in the ass to use compared to debian