What's a bored admin to do?
I've been busting my rear to bring Linux into a major telecommunications company lately, and things are progressing very very nicely.
We're bringing in Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1 and 3. I work on it all day, every day. Dream job, right? Work on Linux all day? Well, yeah, it is in a lot of ways. But.........
I don't want to work on a Red Hat (or Fedora) system here at home. I'm just downright bored with it. Although there's a LOT more I COULD learn about RHEL, that's going to happen anyway. Now I'm looking for something fun that I can use to separate my work day from my hacking at night.
Things I don't want:
Gentoo - I've tried it. I don't want to wait for it. I know, I know. I have an Athlon 2800+ (Barton 2500+ with a little extra juice), a gig of ram, etc... and I know it will compile stuff in a "reasonable amount of time, but keep in mind, I may only have a few hours to sit with it at a time. Did I mention I'm a full time sysadmin who gets to be on call, I have a wife, and an 8 year old son? You get the picture.
Dependency hell - If the default packaging scheme can't handle solving and acquiring dependencies, I'm not really interested. Apt-get, yum, whatever....all sound good.
Things I DO want:
Good package management.
Support for my Philips Accoustic Edge soundcard (yeah, right! I don't think this one's going to happen)
Must have journaling file system.
A fresh, non "corporate" feel.
I know some of these things seem silly, but I'm looking for the fun again. I do the "work" every day.
So basically, what's your suggestion for someone with a LOT (10+ years) Linux experience for a distro that's not a hand-holder, but not a roll your own soution?
Thanks ladies and fellas!