While coming in early to deal with a kernel panic, I thought of all of the different distributions of Linux that I have tried over the years. I’m guessing I’m sitting around 10 or so.
That’s a pretty small number of distributions when compared to the number available.
However, I have fallen into a pattern when choosing recently and it really comes down to only two choices: CentOS or Ubuntu.
It’s funny. I have no love for Unity as a window environment, but I still recommend Ubuntu to anyone who wants to get started. It’s not just the OS itself, but the support that it receives from the community and if you are going to run into problems, more than likely someone will have a solution for Ubuntu.
Even with what I consider a sub-par OS, the support availability will trump OS shortcomings.
It’s like Windows all over again!?
When faced with a number of choices, one needs to go to secondary concerns to make a final decisions. Apple fixed part of their problems by taking things “in house” and popping up Apple Stores all over the place to help with the support issue. Many times a decision can’t be made on the merits of the product itself, but on other factors included with the product you are looking at.