Once you pick your champion, bop on over to the HowtoForge
website and do a search for the terms: perfect, desktop,
and the name
of your distro for some good post-installation setup suggestions.
HTF is an excellent site for hands-on and detailed how-tos for a variety of Linux setups. They run the gamut from basic productivity enhancements such as this:
The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)
Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
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Last edited 05/03/2010
This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take...
to advanced topics such as this:
In this howto we will build a load-balanced and high-availability web cluster on 2 real servers with Xen, hearbeat and ldirectord. The cluster will do http, mail, DNS, MySQL database and will be completely monitored. This is currently used on a production server with a couple of websites. HowtoForge homepage: http://www.howtoforge.com/