In his blog, Bill Roth describes his surprising experience with Ubuntu - which turned out to be not just "another Linux distro." Roth claims the out-of-the-box experience was "amazing" - and after trying it out with BEA Workshop Studio, he could run Workshop from Desktop.
(Ubuntu) looks great. This is in part due to the graphics and polish of the system, and also to GNOME, of which I am an unabashed fan. I wanted to try an real application with it, so I download BEA Workshop Studio, of course. I needed a little bit of help from superstar Ram V, but was able to install it. One of the problems is that the installer is expecting a RedHat like OS, when in fact, Ubuntu is Debian-based. All I had to do was to use the LAX_VM switch, like this: WorkshopInstaller.bin LAX_VM /home/broth/jrockit/bin/java
What are your experiences with various Linux distributions and products? Anything you'd do differently/better?