Currently I am running Gentoo 1.4 but am not realy satisfied with it. For the most part i'm not all that thrilled with the distro its self but i'm in love with portage (I've used FreeBSD too and also like Ports). I'm willing to change though apt looks pretty good but I still like compiling things from source. I have narrowed my search down to Slackware and Debian. I like to compile my packages from source. Debian does give me some ability to do this with apt but from other reading I have done it says it won't handle dependencies unless I use pre-compiled binaries. Which of these distro's would you recomend?
If my hardware influences your recomendation here it is. I own an IBM eServer xSeries 220. It has a single pentium III 933Mhz (hoping to match it or get dual 1.0Ghz ones some time in the distant future). 256Mb of RAM (1Gb on the way). Pair of SCSI 160 HDDs that are 9.1Gb (10k RPM drives
) and another pair which are 18Gb (only 7.2k RPM drives
). The machine also has an onboard NIC and I added another 3Com one.
Just a little more about what I'm looking for. I want a fast distrobution that is also stable. I am willing to sacrifice some speed for more stability and security. This machine is going to be a server but also has to be able to double as my regular machine. I don't do anything fancy with my stuff. Just browse the net for more linux stuff etc..., write reports for school, nothing too demanding.
So what do recomend?