For my work laptop, I think I'm going to make the switch to linux from Windows XP. There are a couple of things I need:
- Good multi-monitor support. I'm constantly changing setups (ie laptop monitor + 1440x900 monitor to laptop monitor + 1400x1050 monitor to just the laptop monitor), so I'd like to be able to configure it without too much time.
- Emacs with ropemacs (this is pretty standard, but it can be time-consuming to set up).
- A good XMPP (jabber) program.
- Either good 64-bit support or support for PAE (I get close to maxing out virtual memory in Windows sometimes).
I've worked with linux before and am fairly confident that I can learn whatever I need to get things working. The thing is, I can't really justify spending a whole lot of time on this to my job. Any advice? I'm most used to Debian/Ubuntu, but our clients use redhat, so I'd give redhat-based distros preference in the event of a tie.
Also note that I'm not necessarily a command-line-aphobe, so I'd be willing to accept less GUI stuff if the command-line route is less work.