I can't say I've fallen in love with Arch, some stuff seems a little obtuse for the sake of being obtuse. I'd much rather there was an official AUR helper, rather than having to decide which of the 3rd party ones I trust most. The AUR seems to be unusable without a helper of some description. I ran FreeBSD on my home server about 8 years back and I definitely remember there being an included tool to make installation, upgrading and dependency management work smoothly.
Again, I thought that was last year... or was it the year before.
Speaking of ye olde Slashdot memes, I actually know some people that work at Netcraft (they're in Bath), scarily one of them was young enough to not even know! (Netcraft confirms, I am old now.)
@rick_monster I can see why you'd like stumpwm as I know you're a big common lisp fan, for me I'm now at the point where Haskell is my first choice for a programming language, though I still end up doing a lot of little things in Python as the ecosystem is so much larger. One of the big draws of switching is being able to get my WM set up just so, I've got cVim installed in Chrome, so hopeful my mouse can start to gather dust...
The Symbolics stuff must be super cool, although perhaps a tad ironic given your love for the FSF! Wasn't the Symbolics brain drain at MIT one of the driving factors in the creation of GNU?
@murray I definitely have a soft spot for Gentoo, I dual booted a PowerBook G4 for a while back when OS X was so slow. There were so few distros that supported PPC, and Gentoo was one of them. From what I recall I went full on stage 1 install, and I definitely learnt a lot. Two things held me back this time, I vaguely remember some of the bad times Gentoo had (sob wiki) and the period of general instability that ensued, plus I think I'd rather have a systemd based distro. Arguably the differences between the systemd distros really comes down to packaging and software availability.
I shall keep everyones recommendations for Pulse Audio in mind, I was under the impression that running it on top of JACK for those applications that only support it was okay, but maybe ALSA loopback is the way to go instead.
@glia Linux distros come in many shapes and sizes depending on what you want, if what you're after is an OS that is striving to be like Windows or OS X, then Ubuntu is probably the best of the bunch (IMO). I expect you can happily use it without ever opening up a command line, but you'll probably never learn what an init system is and why that's controversial. What OS are you using at the moment? And how do you feel about command lines (and command line text editors like