New Build Distro Suggestions

From: Randy Yates 
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I'm about to build a new computer tomorrow for my main desktop, and I
thought I'd bring an old subject back up. What's your favorite distro and
why?

I'm strongly leaning toward Debian Testing because I love Debian but I want
newer packages. I'm not a big fan of Gnome 3 or Unity, though I may settle
with Gnome Classic. I'll be developing, using Netbeans/Eclipse, Blender,
The Gimp, Inkscape, and a few others. I'd like good multimedia support
especially when it comes to good audio configuration out-of-the-box. I have
an MS Live Chat headset that worked perfectly in one distro (I believe it
was Ubuntu) but takes a bit of time to get functioning properly in Debian.
How's 64-bit flash these days? At one time I was opting for 32bit OS
installs with PAE kernels so I could use all my RAM just because 64bit
flash wasn't agreeable.

Let me know your thoughts.

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=============================================================== From: Ralph Edge ------------------------------------------------------ 64-bit Flash is doing very well these days compared to the horror that it used to be. Flash streams don't jerk around on me at all. I'm running Ubuntu w/ Gnome 3 - took me about a week to get used to Gnome 3, but I like it better than Classic Gnome now.

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ Does Flash ever give you problems with audio? Does Gnome 3 have good dual monitor support? --

=============================================================== From: Ralph Edge ------------------------------------------------------ No audio problems at all. As far as dual monitors, Gnome 3 took an interesting approach(I wish it had more customizability). I bring my laptop w/ me to work everyday and plug into another monitor(the monitor sitting to the right of the laptop). The laptop screen has access to multiple Workspaces, while the extra monitor is always using the same workspace. So when you switch Workspaces, the screen on the right always stays the same. It was annoying at first because I was used to my dual-monitor desktop cube(compiz), where everytime I switched a workspace, both monitors had a different screen. Turns out its pretty convenient though - I usually put my console window(s) on the static screen, and split all my other random stuff(browser, txt editor, Gimp, whatever else) between the workspaces on the laptop screen. I've been meaning to check if there are more options for the dual monitor setup.

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ I use Ubuntu with Unity. Unity, guake, and tmux creates phenomenal workflow. If Unity were a little lighter, that would be nice.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Randy, you know I am going to suggest any RHEL variant :) CentOS 6.2 would be the one I'd go with. Or, I would probably go with F16 and try XFCE on it.

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ You and your crazy RPMs. I may give CentOS another shot, but I always end up missing my debs.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ I'm about to build a new computer tomorrow for my main desktop, and I thought I'd bring an old subject back up. What's your favorite distro and why? I'm strongly leaning toward Debian Testing because I love Debian but I want newer packages. I'm not a big fan of Gnome 3 or Unity, though I may settle with Gnome Classic. I'll be developing, using Netbeans/Eclipse, Blender, The Gimp, Inkscape, and a few others. I'd like good multimedia support especially when it comes to good audio configuration out-of-the-box. I have an MS Live Chat headset that worked perfectly in one distro (I believe it was Ubuntu) but takes a bit of time to get functioning properly in Debian. How's 64-bit flash these days? At one time I was opting for 32bit OS installs with PAE kernels so I could use all my RAM just because 64bit flash wasn't agreeable. Let me know your thoughts. If you haven't already made a decision, you might look at KUbuntu. I dislike the Unity DM as well, but I like Ubuntu's software selection. :D

=============================================================== From: Bobby Burden ------------------------------------------------------ If you are a fan of Debian testing, but don't like Gnome 3, give LMDE a shot. I'm using the Xfce version from here: http://www.linuxmint.com/download

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=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ Ubuntu Christian Linux or Scientific Linux sorry, couldn't resist ;) Ed (on vacation)

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ Bobby, I agree LMDE and Arch are both great suggestions. The one thing that keeps me from going the Arch route is that it's a bit more involved than I want to be these days. I loved it when I was learning Linux, but I've become lazy in my old age and want things to work out of the box more. LMDE is in my top 5 list of potentials right now, though.

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ Ed, I don't know you, but I can already tell that I like your sense of humor! Randy

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Ed, There is also a Christian Scientist flavor, which is a self-healing distribution with an inclusive package manager (it accepts others packages). Do not confuse that with Scientology, the Multi Level Distribution. The package manager works when you firmly grasp both sides of the laptop after inserting your credit card and thinking pure thoughts. And then there are the middle eastern varieties.. But for now, I'm still happy running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my personal desktops.. It works and stays out of my way. Not sure what the future will bring. Debian based if not straight debian is my leaning, as opposed to RPM based. --Mike--

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ I like the debs too! I decided today to switch completely to KDE. So I downloaded Kubuntu 64 bit. It's working well for me.