Originally Posted by andrewthomas
Your machine is not going to restrict your choice.
What desktop environment are you most comfortable with?
Which distributions have you used before?
Are you comfortable working with the CLI?
Are you looking for stability or bleeding-edge?
Thanks, that's a good question. I've used Red Hat 9, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian. (i've tried others like Mandriva and OpenSUSE but those weren't extensive uses). I'm very comfortable working with the CLI infact I missed it
And you're right about restriction I gave Ubuntu 11.04 (live USB) a try yesterday and most drivers installed out of the box. I was quite surprised actually. My concern is that Ubuntu gives me stability and great out-of-box compatibility but I feel like I'd be missing out on bleeding edge stuff ( like better HD playback support maybe?)
I'm actually going to continue to test it tonight and report what works and doesn't work on Ubuntu. Might even try Boxee with Ubuntu to see if that give s complete portable media player offering to people....and then that will be on distro down
What would you consider topnotch for stability AND what for Bleeding edge? (I can do two experiments)