OS X on the desk, Debian for MythTV, Buildroot for the car.
I know someone already asked what your favorite car distro is. I'm just curious to see what everyone uses for their desktop. I'm a Gentoo zealot
Gentoo here for Car PC and servers (I'm a UNIX admin in real life, support a large site).
My desktop(s) I run Mac OS X (Powerbook, G5, etc.).
I 2nd gentoo. If your lazy and want the goodness of gentoo without the learning curve, go with vidalinux.
running Ubuntu on my laptop and i love it. Not as many configuration options as others but the defaults work fine.
System: AMD Duron 1200+ , 512 MB ram , usb sb mp3+ , Tview 7" touchscreen , M1-ATX PSU , Slot Load iMac DVD-Rom , 40 GB laptop HDD, netgear USB 802.11g
Progress: Installation: 90% Dash fabrication: 80%
Parts Needed: USB GPS
Using SuSE on the desktop and laptops. Although I'm using a stripped-down and modified SuSE 9.3 in the car, I would recommend Gentoo or other if I had it to do all over again.
Silverwolf 2 is dead.
Ok, let's see...
Debian testing for my desktop with a Windows XP VM for those apps like Quicken that I really need Windows for.
Debian testing for my dev box, Windows for Outlook and Win32 compiling. RedHat Enterprise 4 64-bit for 64-bit tesing and as a fast build machine. Debian unstable in a VM for development/testing, OS X x86 in a VM for fun, Ubuntu in a VM for evaluation as my work dev box.
VM = virtual machine
Status: VM GTI sold, got out of the CarPC tinkering hobby, but I still think about getting back in.
If you have zero UNIX experience I'd probably suggest one of the more user friendly distros with an installer that are RPM based like Fedora, Mandrake, Suse, etc.
If you want something that is a little more propellor head, Gentoo or FreeBSD (not a linux but worth looking at).
If you want to be an uber geek and have lots of time (i.e. no kids, wife, girlfriend to bother you) I'd suggest Linux From Scratch (LFS).
You may want to read this:
Finally Settled on a Distro @ moose.ca
These are "crib notes" that I wrote for a report I did from work when we switched away from RedHat.
Knoppix. No instalation required, and it has every major useful gnu app on it too . Being its based on debian its also really easy to install more applications (when its installed to the hard drive)Originally Posted by Vinister
Otherwise... go to the library and pick up a book on fedora core 2. It probably has cds in the back of it for installing fedora as a bonus.