Lately I’ve been playing around with Linux on my primary WinTel box at home, in thought that I might soon replace Windows XP on my home server with a flavor of Linux. But that begs the question:
I’ve pretty much decided that I’d like to use a Debian-based distro. I had been playing with Red Hat 9 but they’ve decided to focus on the server market, and I didn’t have much luck with Fedora. Besides I like the “free as in speech” attitude of the Debian distros.
I’m not a Linux guru, yet, so a fairly easy installation would be ideal — Debian has an installer, Knoppix is fairly easy, and I looked over Gentoo’s install instructions, and I think I could handle a Stage 2 installation.
So other than the install-factor, I’m not sure what other criteria I should judge them on. I don’t know how big a repository Gentoo has for its portage system.
I’d like to end up using the distro on my headless server as well as a dual-boot option on my main WinTel box…