I suppose you wouldn't have the time for something like Gentoo? I find it a very nice desktop OS for my laptop.
I prefer it to Ubuntu or FC simply because of the freedom and power I have. I find Ubuntu too restrictive and not very
hands on - of course it was never meant to be. The obvious problem with Gentoo is the time required to set it up
perfectly but once everything is set up keeping it on the bleeding edge is for the most part very easy and straightforward.
It is satisfying to get Gentoo built to your exact standards and wishes but many of the issues you may have with it would
actually never occur with other distros as they are ready out of the box; still I find it far more fun.
If you must choose a fast to set up and install distro I would go for FC - it just felt better to me then Ubuntu for some
> Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 11:27:00 +0100
> From: mariconor at gmail.com> To: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: [ILUG] Which Desktop Distro?
>> Hi all,
>> I have decided that I'm going back to desktop linux after a long absense.
> I am not trying to start a distro war, although its been a while since
> we had one ;-0
>> Here are my options as I see them :...
>> 1. RHEL4.5 (currently installed and fully patched up as of last night,
> apps configured etc)
> 2. RHEL5 -- currently downloading the ISO's from rhn...
> 3. OpenSUSE - I've never really been a fan of SLES/SUSE
> 4. Ubuntu, now as much as I like this distro as a desktop, it does not
> support RPM and the fs layout differs from redhat based systems.
> 5. FC7, I ran FC7 (or was it 6) on my ibook g4 this summer during our
> 3 weeks camper van holiday in France. I was initially impressed with
> the performance of it, but after three weeks it started to annoy me --
> biggest gripe was it ran the system way way hotter than OSX, and the
> battery drained much more quickly as a result. I could not even see
> the reason for it. The mouse worked perfectly, and all of a sudden it
> would start to behave erratically. FC on PPC is just not right yet.
> This would be installed on X86, so no such worries.
>> I know esx (vi3) very well, but do not get as much exposure to xen et al.
> I would like to install beryl aswell, and although I have a perfectly
> functionning rhel4.5 box, I really do not want to be modifying kernels
> etc, or moving away from rpm/up2date/yum based package managers.
>> FC7 is currently torrenting - slowly, so it looks like rhel5 will
> finish downloading before FC7 does. Which would be better? DISTRO
>> Q: Is there any point in using xen with a 32-bit CPU? The box is a P4,
> 1GB, 250GB, Radeon XT850, so its a decent enough system.
>> p.s.: I have valid subscriptions for rhn, so no worries from that. I
> really do like rhel4, its mature, stable and a decent performer.
> Opinions welcome.
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