On my netbook I run Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.4, works pretty well. Hated the new netbook interface though, so I got rid of it, back to a classic Ubuntu desktop.
I'd run *nix on my desktop here, but support for dialup modems is little/hard to get working. Plus, not sure what distros are out there that would fully utilize my i7 core
I might install a BSD someday again when I feel like playing around
I like to make live USBs and fuck around a lot, but that's what's installed.
Linux Mint. I love it. Better even than Mac OS
Would use PCBSD maybe, but laptop support isn't great.
Before that I was using Slackware.
Arch on another for fucking around with.
Puppy on another
BT4 on a disc.
I also have Backtrack on disc which I use sometimes for WEP cracking, and I have a few others on disc too. (Mint, puppy, Xubuntu)
I have Fedora 13 on one of my laptops, dual booting with Windows 7.
backtracking on the desktops / some with have windows, you know to see out of.
On my newer desktops i am in the middle of removing Ubuntu and installing Fedora 13 because Ubuntu has become way to fisher-price for my liking (they hide too much background detail)
I tried Ubuntu one time, and have hated it ever since.
I am glad I don't have to switch distributions due to something like you describe.
I was using Slackware for some time until I started to notice the speed of development was not what I wanted, then switched to RedHat 9 and finally Fedora when it because Fedora.
This has worked well for me.
You found your happy place.....that shit's all good then.;)
Generally, it's building up from the lowest base packages to exactly what you want; rather than building down by removing replacing bits from a ready made distro.
It's also rolling release and the community is great and incredibly helpful.
Personally, the command-line interface isn't so scary anymore, and I'd be using Linux all the time if I could get Traktor Scratch Pro to work in it.
Surprisingly he also convinced me try out fedora core 3 after i made a "thinking about moving to Linux" thread.
thinking of trying out Arch, though...
Yeah, I actually went from Arch to Mint. Mint has better repositories, and I don't mind bloat.