What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force myself to use them for at least 3 days online to learn them better. Anyways, below is the questionnaire on how I pick a distro/OS

  • Do you want to use learn Linux for work?
    • CentOS or RHEL
  • Do you want to actually learn the innards of Linux?
    • Gentoo or Arch
  • Do you want to use Linux for day-to-day usage?
    • Ubuntu, Debian, or OpenSuSE
    • Do you want to use UNIX for day-to-day usage?
    • Buy a Mac and install macports
  • Do you want to use linux for development of bleeding edge packages?
    • Fedora or Foresight
  • Do you want to learn UNIX, but hear a lot about Linux?
    • FreeBSD is a better SysV learning platform
  • Are you a paranoid security type?
    • OpenBSD
  • Did you buy a lot of old equipment on eBay or Craigslist and can’t stand the vendor OS?
    • NetBSD
  • Are the type of person that has flashing lights and fans on your computer? Do you want matching bling in software?
    • Linux Mint RC
  • Are you building a server for home?
    • Debian Stable
  • Are you building a file server to run NetApp out of town?
    • OpenSolaris ZFS builds
  • Are you building that same file server but Solaris packages make you want to poke your eyes out?
    • Nexenta
  • Are you doing embedded systems for a special project?
    • NetBSD
  • Building a wireless mesh network with captive portals?
    • OpenBSD
  • Or in the end you are as geeky as Nick and change OS like you change clothes
    • Build a Vmware/Xen server and run them all

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