I was planning on spending a weekend working on a server configuration. Since SSH was the only option (the box stands on the opposite corner of the globe), and the connection wasn't all that great I expected to spend quite some time tweaking and configuring; I have set up servers before and although it is not rocket science it's no piece of cake either.
So, around 10:00 AM I start to send commands over... install software, toss in the programs I need, tweaking configuration files and setting up users and passwords.
With much surprise I got to the point I wanted to reach by 12, after only 3 (non-exclusive) short hours.
The OS that made my life easier? Ubuntu 6.10 Server Edition.
Every time I installed a package, most of the horrendous configuration job was done for me; I only needed minor adjustments and tweaks to get what I wanted.
I will never grow tired of stating to whoever wants to listen how great this OS is.
Note to self: I need to post more on my Ubuntu on ThinkPad R50e experience.