I am a web developer, mostly PHP (with MySQL,JS,CSS,HTML and a bit of XML here and there). I am a Windows user but I know a good bit of Linux/Unix and I am comfortable with the command line. I have a nice new PC and I want to make a Linux workstation for development. I was advised to try Ubuntu but also advised to use version 8. I tried the beta version and while mysql/php/apache setup was VERY easy, samba crashes when I try to transfer a lot of files from my Win 2K machine and something else crashes if I try to make a file share on the Ubuntu machine.
What I want out of a workstation is:
FAST interface (I am real 'power user')
Those are the main issues--I use the machine ONLY for development, so no games, no videos etc. I am a bit of a minimalist and I use 2 monitors so I can switch QUICKLY between apps.
My question is, what should I be using? Seems that Ubuntu 8 beta is not quite ready. Should I use Ubuntu 7 or perhaps a different distro?
While I know how to use a command line, I like GUIs very much. Installing software on Ubuntu was quite easy, both from the add/remove tool and from the command line for those items not available in the GUI. Anyhow, I certainly consider myself a real newbie to Linux. Any thoughts are appreciated.