So I’m curious… If you had to work with a Linux desktop OS – regardless of what your general OS preference is – which of the Linuxes would you choose?
Our game servers currently run on Fedora 8, but I smell the scent of imminent demise on Fedora: The community appears to have died off to the point where the only active maintenance is on the next release aside from the occasional emergency/security patch. And so many of the official packages are long, long out of date. Things like “lightscribe” labels stopped appearing around Fedora 7 (current release is 9 with 10 in beta).
I was about to install FC8 on a spare partition here at home but then I remembered how much I hate working on my Fedora box at work.
Everything about it is slow – although I have the livnv nvidia kernel installed. Aside from the RAM, it’s not that bad of a box – P5 dual core 2.8Ghz, geforce 6800.
None of the IDEs I’ve tried runs comfortably on my Fedora 8 box: both Code::Blocks and Eclipse are pale shadows of their windows builds on the same hardware although Eclipse suffers the most from it and becomes borderline unworkable (one of the things which contributes to my ongoing poor impression of Java).
Anyway, for historical reasons, Fedora makes a good build for the servers (although, I must profess I’ve been wondering about porting them to Windows if only for the convenience of being able to dev with Visual Studio :) But I’ve always had my doubts about its suitability as a Desktop, and it does seem Redhat is backing out of the desktop arena.
My three top candidates are Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo – all three of which I’ve heard good things about. But I just don’t have the time these days to research and explore three new desktop setups.
I figured that the poll might at least attract some input from the lurkers since I figure there’s probably only a handful of people reading who will actually post feedback :)