What is your favorite Linux distro and why?
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I've been reasonably happy with Ubuntu up until the 11.04 release.
The only lunix I use is the lunix that serves best- CentOS. I mean really, what use is a GUI but a waste of resources that can be better spent on other, more interesting things? X can suck a baby dick.
Yet. Wait until you find a good RPM for your server that isn't in a CentOS YUM repo, then you'll discover dependency hell. YUM only makes the perversity of RPM tolerable.
Yeah, but it's a pain in the ass to get stuff like movies to play in only bash (though I've done it before).
I don't doubt it, but the RPMforge repo has been behaving for me, too. The few non-yum RPMs with dependencies I've installed (like when I set up Dropbox) went just fine after figuring the package names, some of which are annoyingly different on CentOS. (I almost said manual for non-yum, as if anything above brew your own makefile wizardry could be considered "manual!")
Again, I use it as a server so playing movies just doesn't make sense. I know it can be done, but it's basically silly proof of concept and tinkering stuff, like connecting your toaster to the internet with an embedded linux board and arduinos. For stuff like movies, games, et cetera I just use Windows. All the behind-the-scenes stuff like storage, VPN, a few scattered and occasional game servers, irssi proxy stuff, MythTV is handled on my Linux box.
For a while I ran a VPN server on my, er, server. The clients were two windows PCs and an Android. Though now I just run it through a DD-WRT router. :x I can imagine clients being a pain.
That wouldn't be Gnome 3's doing; That would be the result of better drivers / kernel.Gnome 3 seems to have 'fixed' all the issues I've had chronically with ubuntu ("omg the wireless works right off the bat! headphones actually work! the computer doesn't crash in hibernation!"). I'll see if it keeps running so smoothly for me