Recently i’ve been playing with CentOS at work, setting up a server and configuring stuff on it. I used Linux a long time ago, when Mandrake was my OS of choice and i had plenty of time. But i had to switch to Windows because of some GIS software i’ve been using in school that wouldn’t run on Linux and as a student i had a computer with limited hard-disk space. So i couldn’t run them both.
After a while i got so comfortable with Windows that i didn’t switch back to Linux. It was hard to get music and movies to play and there was always something to configure for which i didn’t have enough time.
Now that i’ve seen what CentOS is capable of and how easily it can be configured , i’m seriously considering switching permanently to this OS. I’m not lazy but i don’t have time to waste on digging after configuration parameters and all that stuff. And i would like Linux because its free and its safer to develop web apps on a Linux machine when in 99% of the cases the application will be deployed on a Linux server.
What other Linux distros are you using and what would you recommend for someone who wants to do web development but also wants some entertainment on his machine (music, movies) and has no time to waste on figuring out how to install some weird driver or configure a new hardware added to the machine ?