Few days ago, Blair Mathis has written a post about eight rocking Linux Distros, I think is a great post, and covers almost all categories (If we can use that word) of Linux Distros.
The post has:
Full Desktops, like:
Ubuntu, based on Debian Sabayon, based on Gentoo PCLinuxOS, based on Mandriva
Crunchbang, based on Ubuntu Puppy Linux, based on SlackWare, or at least with compatibility with it Damn Small Linux, based on Debian
Live distros, like:
Knoppix, based on Debian
It even talk about Linux XP Desktop 2008 which may fall into full desktop category, and now a days maybe all of them fall into Live distros category as well. But I am writing this because I think two distros were missed there.
Fedora is based on RedHat one of the oldest Linux Distributions out there, it comes with Gnome by default, but you can install KDE or any other Desktop you may prefer, lots of servers are also powered by Fedora, so If you are an old Linux user, and has started with RedHat, you may want to go and try Fedora, its release cycle is every six months, and it is a very up to date Distro.
Its installation process is really easy to follow, and you can choose to install it as Desktop or server from there, something others does not allow in the installation process itself.
Another good thing about Fedora is that now you can upgrade it from the command line when a new version is released, this distro also falls into Full Desktop category, among others.
I think this is the area that was omitted, there is no let’s say base system full customizable Distro in the list.
Arch is installed as a base system, more or less like Debian net-install CD, and from there you can completely customize your installation, decide which Desktop, which servers, and which applications you may need, and install them accordingly.
Yes you can use Ubuntu or Crunchbang alternate CDs to do that, but, that is not the main feature of those distros.
With Arch you can customize your Distro to end with an Ubuntu like installation or go on the other way and end up with a Crunchbang like installation.
Yes, Arch Linux is not the easiest distro to install, but I think it would have been included in that list or another that may fall into the same category to make that post 100% complete.
To read the complete post, 8 Rocking Linux Distros