I'm preparing for a new PC build soon, and I'm trying to consider my options for Linux. I've been using sarge since about June 2004, and I'm wondering if I should consider something fresh. I like sarge, but sometimes it's mildly annoying/frustrating not having the most up-to-date packages (I particularly want to start using X-org). I'm also considering 'forking' over to Ubuntu because I've heard it's like Debian, but is much more active in it's releases. And then there's also the issue that sarge is supposed to go stable sometime this year.....I'm just having a difficult time making up my mind. I don't really want to leave Debian because I've fallen in love with apt-get and Synaptic, but I need something refreshing.
So yeah, basically what I really want to ask is "how unstable is unstable"? Since sarge is being made stable soon, does that mean that unstable is pretty stable right now? (There's a nice oxymoron for you). I'm looking for guidance from those who have "been there, done that".
PS: For those interested here's the system I'm building
AMD Athlon 64 3500+, Socket 939, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - OEM
MSI "K8N Neo2 Platinum" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
Using two 512MB PC3200 chips from my existing PC
CODENGEN Black ATX Mid Tower Case With Side Window, Model "E-6097-CA-W/O" -RETAIL
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB 7200RPM P-ATA/133 Hard Drive, Model 6B200P0, OEM Drive Only
(+ a 120GB Seagate drive from my current PC)
MSI nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "6800GT-TD256" -RETAIL
Never bought a burner before, but realized it will be useful to have around for burning my own Linux CDs. Haven't decided on one yet, suggestions?
Using a 450W PSU in my existing system