Recently I ordered a new PC. I'm a computer graphics designer and in my free time I like to write simple programs. Frequently I have some work to be done at home. I am experienced Linux user after LPIC1 preparation, so I should not have any problems with choosing correct distro. However, I was trying Ubuntu (XFCE, Unity), Debian (GNOME, XFCE, LXDE), Gentoo (with LXDE, Openbox) and none of them was really usable. There is one problem: I have no Internet at home, because I live in place where broadband connection is really impossible.
My configuration (this is important):
- MSI B85-G43 motherboard with all possible BIOS updates
- Pentium G3258 @ 4.5GHz with external cooling (IMO better for single-threading)
- 16GB of RAM DDR3 with additional radiators
- Two 4TB hard drives: one is for work, second for backups
- DVD recorder and additional BlueRay recorder
- MSI N730 (Nvidia GeForce GT730) card with 4GB of DDR3 (AS I SEE, IS SUPPORTED IN NEWER DISTROS)
- Two 27” FHD HDMI IPS monitors, one of them is connected through HDMI-DVI adaptor
- Wacom Intuos Pen&Touch M tablet (RECONIZED PERFECTLY UNDER LINUX)
Here is what I really need:
- Extremely stable OS, as I said. With less frequent updates, like Debian. I work with really sensitive files, so I do not want to be shocked when suddenly file manager will segfault during moving files. That means: no KDE.
- Full Disk Encryption. Something like dm-crypt + LVM + LUKS (one password to
ruleunlock them all)
- Quick boot. No additional stuff like plymouth or (if possible) systemd. (Even 5-years-old Windows 7 installation is booting faster). If needed, I can switch to hibernation instead of cold booting.
- Comfortable desktop. I like new dwm in Windows 10, where window snapping is beautiful. Something similar will be really appropriate. I need also an easy-to-use main menu (press Super → type program name → press Enter).
- MTP support. Sometimes I'm using my Windows Phone as a USB storage if I have no space left on my pendrive. Both Ubuntu and Debian recognize my Lumia as two empty devices with sizes about 200MB...
- Complete graphics card support. On Ubuntu, with or without Nvidia drivers, after suspending OS and waking it up screens remained black (No signal).
- Reasonable optical discs support. Some of my discs burned under Windows were unreadable and impossible to dump using dd - output files were filled with zeros.
- Easy installation of programs. Gentoo's “download-compile-run” method takes too much time. I prefer to download binary and use package manager/CLI/GUI to install it.
- Good performance. This is my third computer where during copying files everything is freezing. Windows can handle it better. I want just lower priority of copying files or something else.
- Wine. Sometimes I must open some documents in Word (twice a month or so) - I have license for 2k3 version so I want to use my software fair (huh, I know that it is really old).
Short list of apps used by me:
Screenruler, Xournal, Sqlitebrowser, Wireframe Sketcher, Android SDK/AVD/DDMS, Eclipse, FreePascal IDE, Kiwix, GoldenDict, Dia, FontForge, Inkscape, GIMP, LibreOffice, ImageMagick, Gcolor2, Mplayer, Banshee, Brasero, Audacity, VirtualBox
So, what solution will you recommend me? What distro, window manager, desktop, filesystems (and so on) will be the best? Really, I feel like a beta-tester and I am fed up with it. I want a reasonable solution that will make me more productive, not nervous. I can even switch to FreeBSD if there will be need. And no, do not recommend me switching to Windows, I do not want to pay extra for features like BitLocker.
Thank you for all your help.