I soon have to setup a DELL precision tower for work, which basically serve for day-to-day tasks as well as a computing CPU/GPU unit for modelling and deep learning. The setup is: Intel Xeon 8 cores at 3.5 GHz, NVidia GPU Quadro RTX 4000, 32 Go ram, 1 SSD NVMe for system install and 1 HDD 7200 rpm 1 To for data storage.
I currently use Manjaro on a iMac, which has been great. However, for this one I was thinking to move away from rolling-release because (I think):
- updates are sometime too frequent for a production system that will have external users potentially connecting to it;
- plus I want to spend not too much time setting up the system (so no vanilla Arch despite I'm really tempted!!! )
I have considered:
- go Manjaro again, but maybe as a computing server it is a bad decision? I never really got in trouble but some packages broke time to time, like Zotero (memory leak; OK it is AUR, but it is not an obscure package... maybe using snaps will be best next time?). The thing also is that I don't want to have to reboot frequently, while at the moment the weekly update cycle pushes me to reboot every week or so; I can't update and reboot if users are connected...
LTS releases may be good:
- keeping Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as provided by DELL;
- installing Debian 10 (outdated packages?);
Shorter release options may include:
- installing Fedora 30 (too unstable? driver support? but I like Fedora!);
I need good NVidia driver support for the GPU, and then I just mostly use LibreOffice, Zotero, Python/Julia/R and Firefox in my daily workflow so everything should be there in all those distros.
The thing is I like vanilla Gnome after having installed it on Manjaro. I tried i3, KDE, XFCE, Openbox, bf-idon'tremember, and Gnome is actually the desktop I prefer. It is with i3 the fastest on my setup (yep, I'm saying that Gnome is faster than XFCE on an iMac 2015... It consumes 2.5 Go of ram but manages it very well contrary to other DEs! baloo_file in KDE overfills the ram on my setup and kills the system, i3 is great but tasteless, and XFCE is nice but as good as Gnome).
I tried the Ubuntu flavor of Gnome in distrotest and it felt really weird, not to say bad.
So there it is, after hours and hours of thinking... I wanted to ask for some opinions. What do you recon? What would you do? Go for Ubuntu?