I have been using:
Fedora Core 3, Ubuntu 5.04, Suse 9.3, FreeBSD (Gnome had problem with Gnome theme), Gentoo 2005.0 (never had success installing after spending 3 whole days of not be able to find svgalib solution on deep inside forum), I finally try Arch Linux.
So far I am quite happy with:
- the latest applications are available and it continuously updating, unlike Ubuntu where after a release it stops updating with the latest.
- it's fast unlike Suse 9.3 where the first click to Gnome menu takes 1 - 2 seconds, although Arch is much faster but it is still takes sometime. Subsequent click is very fast. FreeBSD does not show 'first click slow' syndrome and it is very fast/responsive.
- availability of latest binary packages. I am done with source compiling in Gentoo, I don't want to touch it anymore. The only GRP available are old in Gentoo. FreeBSD is not too bad since packages are quite latest although the latest (current) still needs to compile.
I find that Gnucash is not in the packages and there was some effort to build it (hxxx://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=5751). I am that clear with that thread.
Could someone help me gives some pointers/links. I want to build this Gnucash for Archlinux.
I find that Archlinux is very promising distro. Why?
Fedora Core 3 and 4 is so pathetic with up2date. We need yum to do the update. In addition, we need dag rpm etc. to get other packages esp. mp3.
Suse 9.3 is not that fast.
Slackware, many are not latest.
Ubuntu, I think is among the best, hard to find weaknesses. The only perceived weakness is that no software upgrade after release (only security fixes). But I think this is necessary evil to keep the system stable. I have yet to see Archlinux in keeping stability with the latest/greatest updates.
FreeBSD is very fast and very responsive. In Suse, I ftp-ed (local LAN) Gigabytes zip file and the network bandwidth is erractic and never reach 60% continues/steady utilization on 100BaseT. FreeBSD uses about 90% 'STEADY' network utilization on this 100BaseT (~9-10Mbytes/s). Now that is really something.
Just sharing my experience and may not necessary applicable to other users.