Since the new year I've been on an OS odyssey through Windows 7 customization, Hackintosh osx86, and almost 30 different linux distributions.
My main reasons for the switch are:
1. Customization of key layouts with xmodmap and xkeycaps
- I have developed RSI from too much typing and mousing in my career as an audio engineer and more recently a web programmer
- Switched to Colemak a few months ago and have made radical keyboard alterations
2. Obsessed with development of multitouch for GUI and virtual desktop navigation
- also related to the RSI, but moreso a result of keen interest in human computer interaction and 'post-WIMP' computing
- would like to develop computer vision, eye tracking, and voice extensions as well, 'put that there' style interaction
3. Free, high performance software fits my budget and ethos nicely
- Been using purely hand me down components since 2007, current desktop system is a intel e6600 / 4gb ddr3 / nvidia 7700 pcie / emu 1212m pci
- My performance demands are sometimes quite high in terms of multitasking, audio / video / photo editing, lots of tabs and pdfs.
4. Open to extension and community oriented.
- Only linux really offers this at a basic level. I have been reading a lot of books and papers about file systems and hypertext and computing theory, etc, and like being able to use and learn from many different file systems, and even create my own.
Anyway I've been trying to get a stable setup going for almost a month but kept coming back to Vector in the meantime. The OOB video and sound support and default install is excellent. The performance is really great considering the features ... it 'feels' like a much lighter distro, such as Crunchbang - which was the best lighter distribution I tried.
I'm running the 64 bit VLocity RC with the nVidia binary driver and it is working great. Still trying to get Compiz 0.88 / Emerald up though - which was easy in the 32 bit version, and Bluetooth for the magic trackpad. Help on those would be appreciated, but I imagine there's a more appropriate place to solicit it.
Thanks to all for the great OS...