This may or may not be interesting to any of you, but I’m writing about it at any event. Earlier today, I was browsing around Distrowatch.com, and I came across the FAQ. The 2nd to last question in the FAQ is as follows:
You list so many distributions. Which one do you use:
In order to remain objective and up-to-date with the latest technologies, I switch my distribution every 6 months. Currently, my main production system runs on Sabayon Linux 3.4 (since April 2007), but it is scheduled to be replaced with Fedora 8 (in November 2007). Before Sabayon, I used Mandriva Linux 2007 (October 2006 – April 2007), Kubuntu (July 2005 – October 2006), Debian “sid” (July 2003 – July 2005), Sorcerer (January 2002 – July 2003) and Mandrake Linux (April 1999 – January 2002).
This has inspired me to do the same, with a twist. Rather than wipe my hard drive clean for every distro, however, I’m going to use the power of virtual machines to do the same thing. Using Debian Sid as my host, I’ll be putting a new guest in a VM every 6 months as well, for the same reason: to remain objective, and to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. The guest OS will be the only OS used during this time. The only purpose of the Debian host is for a safety fall-back if something happens with the VM and I need to get something done. Data from the guest will also be stored on the host. This will make it easy to transition between guests without always backing up and restoring data.
So, with that said, the first distro on the list for January, is Foresight Linux following OpenSolaris most likely for July. Yes, not every “distro” will be Linux. The BSDs are in my sights as well.. 6 months is just enough time to learn about the guest in enough detail to find its strengths and weaknesses and keep an open mind towards all distros. Being a Linux instructor for Guru Labs, this could be very beneficial as well.
As far as the distros that I have used in my Linux career, I thought it would be fun to put just the logos of each distro in one image, in alphabetical order that I used for at least 6 months. So, without further ado, here’s what I have used. Cheers! (Images from distrowatch.com)