Emacs "support" in various distrosHow a GNU/Linux distribution handles Emacs is the most important criterion, from my perspective. This has not always been the case, because ALL GNU/Linux distributions have historically handled Emacs ok. Some distros stand out, each for its own reasons. Often I have complied from scratch, especially for Ubuntu, when that was an important distro for me; I liked the "snapshots". Gentoo worked well, though I cannot remember what I particularly liked about they way it handled Emacs; it did have multiple versions. Arch Linux has the most up-to-date version all the time.
For a number of months, I have experienced odd crashes in Emacs, and I cannot say why. In the end, I switched distros. Sometimes, switching Desktops seemed to make a difference. The issue was random crashes, with no easily discernable (by me) cause (like a particular keystroke, or mouse gesture.)
In the past year, I have installed Debian, several Ubuntus and Mints, Manjaro, Mageia, Bodhi, Slackware, Korora, Elive...
In the past month I have installed several distros, and tried them in earnest, including two distros I have not used before, at least much: Fedora (which I had installed and been put off by); and openSUSE (toward which I nurtured a great aversion, as SUSE seemed soft on Micro$oft.) I have been using ArchLinux for pretty much everything, except a few flirtations with other distros; I've been pretty happy with it.
Many of these excursions have focused on trying to find the best Emacs distro, and more and more, of late, this has been driven by a certain seeming incompatibility with the GUI. Emacs would crash, as described above. I needed to find a distro that supported Emacs absolutely well.
Who knows, maybe there is something wrong with my HP g6 Pavilion laptop? But I have persisted in jumping from distro to distro, looking for the best platform. I posted on an Emacs mailing list, and got a range of answers. I have never gotten even close to an understanding of what the problem has been, perhaps because I am not much good at troubleshooting at that level.
Google Earth Compatibility issues on GNU/LinuxRecently, I had been contemplating a move to South Dakota. I needed to do research. Google Earth is the authoritative such software, and I've been having problems with Googlearth on most all distros I have tried. I installed Korora, because it comes with GoogleEarth bundles in the install image. But something about Korara didn't set right with me, I"m uncertain what.
The bottom line here: I recently posted how much I like Sabayon, because it was the first distro (outside of Korora) that has run GoogleEarth almost flawlessly; yet I am now using Fedora, because of an issue with Emacs. Since I am able to run GoogleEarth, after following instructions to edit the RPM somehow, and Emacs is running well, I am staying with Fedora for now.
I am certain I will not be running Fedora in a year, but this might not be the case. It seems pretty solid. I am learning to administer the system ok (yum and rpm).
Why? While Fedora is far from perfect, it gives me longlasting peace with both GE and Emacs. (if you consider a few days "long lasting"...so far, so good)