Today, I got a kernel panic from the graphics driver running a gog installer under wine. Repeatedly, albeit inconsistently, so I guess I can't update/install Windows games for now. My system gets broken in some way on every other kernel revision, mesa update, and/or X driver update, so you'd think I'd be used to it by know. Something broke inside of me this time, though. Maybe part of it is because I have at least 5 other critical breakages going on already. Maybe it's my ongoing anger at not having hardware documentation for any of my hardware (which has mostly been true since pre-AGA Amiga, which had the schematics in the users' manual and a complete hardware reference manual separately). Mostly, though, I'm tired of not having anyone to turn to when things go wrong. I'm tired of spending most of my time maintaining my system, rather than using it. I don't know why I'm saying this here, but it's not like there's anywhere else I can complain and expect a helpful response, either. Maybe the various mailing lists, but I can't tolerate firehoses, especially given that with the death of network news, people have lost the art of writing informative subject lines and reply editing. My bug reports just get ignored or replied with "did you try our latest, which has no changes that directly address your issue?" and require way too much effort, since I usually offer some sort of patch while I'm at it, meaning I've already fixed it for myself, anyway. I have wasted my last 35 years dedicating myself to these infernal machines with nothing to show for it.
I think I'm going to just go and take a long nap. Maybe I'll feel better tomorrow, at least until the next thing breaks. It's not like I have anything else I can do any more that isn't on my computer.
It sounds like you might prefer a more stable distribution that doesn't get updates that break thing. Personally, I like debian (note that buster was just released as stsble, so if you run it now the software won't be that old, though it will of course age before bullseye gets released), but other options include Ubuntu LTS and CentOS.
Using a stable distribution means that you shouldn't be getting any updates to the kernel, mesa, Xorg/Wayland (if Wayland is even used), or other important packages, that would break things or change the way things work, but you would still have a system that is well supported via security updates.
I'm tired of spending most of my time maintaining my system, rather than using it.
This is clearly the quote of someone who should be using a stable system that just works (as opposed to, say, something like Gentoo).