- I have the room to keep a number of different machines around.
- I have adopted the idea that the hardware should dictate the system I use - 32 bit AntiX for old crap, 64 bit whatever for a newer more powerful system.
- Nobody can be an expert on maintenance and troubleshooting every Linux family. Within a family everything is pretty similar anyway.
- I used to choose a distro based on the default desktop but today you can pretty well get any desktop with any distro, or customize it if you can't.
- At my place I have others using the computers and they want to just boot and go. No multi option GRUBs thank you.
- With the lower cost of memory and multicore CPUs you can easily become a virtual virtuoso.
- Virtualization software is far more stable, has more features and is easier to use than ever before.
- Some virtual programs like VMware Player are now free - just the same cost as VirtualBox.
- Most modern distros are very virtual friendly and come with all the additional features right out of the box.
I have also installed PCLOS to help diagnose problems, and Arya Linux just to see how Linux from Scratch builds distros. Virtual machines are good enough now that you can do that and expect similar results on the rails.
I suppose my life really isn't that much simpler but it seems that way.