Ditto Arch. Now, Arch did take me the best part of a part time week to get set up and working the first time I did it, but I've installed it on a few machines now and I can get to a working machine now in about 15 minutes, all set up how I like in about 45 minutes. I consider that time well spent as it allows me to get older machines working without taking up too much disc space, or slowing down the boot process too much. Edit: For a dedicated machine, Debian post-stable is a fine choice for me. I do like Arch's rolling releases as it means with very little investment of effort from myself I get a constantly improving machine, but that mainly applies when I've installed linux on a machine that wasn't designed for it originally. On a machine designed to work with and supplied with Linux, I'm happy with something like Debian, given it's solid package database that just works.