If you’ve been reading HTNet for some time, you’ll know that I’m a fan of Slackware. It will always occupy a special place in my heart for being the first Linux distro that made me fell in love with the OS.
For the past year though, mostly due to contracts and work related stuff, I’ve been an adopter of CentOS for Linux stuff related to business. My first experience with CentOS was for a production web server I set up for a web hosting company. So far, it has been running dandy… at least that was what the company said.
CentOS pretty much corrected a huge bulk of the misconceptions I held about RPM-based distros. The last of which I used was Red Hat 5. From this experience, I have to say it; RPM hell seems to have become extinct.
But what should I use for my home OS? Slackware has pretty much made me at least a thousand times more competent with maintaining and running a Linux system compared to the times when I ran Mandrake. I don’t foresee having much problem with any Linux installation regardless of the distro. However, I’m looking forward to using a distro which fits the following requirements:
- Has a rich application library, which effectively reduces the need for me to compile from scratch
- Has up-to-date versions of common user apps (browsers, email clients, IM clients, productivity suites, editors, etc) in the repositories
- Has plenty repository mirrors for me to choose from; bonus points for distros that have Malaysian or Singaporean repositories 🙂
Yep, my needs are pretty simple. Basically, if you read between the lines, I’m in need of a popular Linux distro. I’m currently leaning towards Ubuntu, especially after reading so many reviews about it, especially from mypapit.