Posted 23 March 2006 - 06:24 PM
I will likely be getting a new laptop for use during my graduate studies. Much of what I do requires a unix (or unix-esk) type platform. I have a desktop rigth now that is running gentoo linux, I guess, I have had my share of problems with this machine. I will have very minimal help with this and am far from linux savvy. I guess what I need is a machine that runs linux, and that is relatively easy to install/use. I will be my own "administrator" (I will be the sole root accessor).
The main options I have thought about (and I haven't thought too hard about it yet) are these:
Continue with gentoo. I have had some experience with this, and I like portage. Thing is that my current machine is pretty screwed up and I don't know how to fix it. Currently I am having to run (what is it? xvm?) an gui that must be run from root and requires the users to log in each time the gui is exited. I'm actually not sure how to shut the gui down and try to run something else short of restarting the whole machine. For some reason xinit and startx don't work. Also when ssh'd in I am unable to open new windows.
Use something that seems more "windows-like" like maybe redhat. I don't know if redhat actually is more windows like, but my former roommate ran this and it seemed so.
Anyway, I"m pretty clueless as to my options or the differences between them. Mostly what I want is something that will do the more basic things (vim, unison, matlab) and do the administrative stuff in a rather self explanitory fashion (like how windows lets me just browse and tinker).
Thanks for any suggestions.