I did a little Curses programming back in the day as well...
CentOS would be my vote! Cent 6 still uses GNOME 2, none of this crazy new interface nonsense, it runs fast on all but the oldest hardware and since its 100% Red Hat compatible pretty much everything works with it. However, I've been on Windows 7 on my main desktop for a while now, mainly because I'm a bit of a gamer but also because I prefer coding on Windows since its GUI is faster. For now I get my Linux fix by playing around on all my work servers which are mostly Debian.
Do you listen to mostly electronically generated (anything that uses synthetic sounds) or recordings of live music?
Live music,Rock etc,but i'm looking for a detailed and high quality SQ,rocking out is less important to me(:
The DT880 is more "true to life", but the sound of the DT990 is slightly more clear and open, as well as much more "exciting".
The T1 is all these things to an even higher degree (detailed, spacious, exciting because of the detail and accuracy) , but it's way more expensive.
Those aren't Beyerdynamic pads though I'm sure they'll fit and they'll probably work alright but they look like they are lower quality than the official ones, especially the second link. I would look into authorized Beyerdynamic dealers in Australia and ask about part # EDT DT990-/200951212966?pt=US_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item2ec9a02ba6
Just had a look at Aus sites and the only place I can find with the genuine product wants $55 for them. Hmmm...
Came across this description of the sound of the 880 on a site called Headsonic. I'm sure the guy must have the 880 mixed up with the 990--or maybe even something by Dr. Dre:
"In terms of the sound, the DT880 has absolutely excellent low-end and midrange detail, and this is absolutely where it shines. Never have bassy tracks sounded so good, and for techno, action movies and especially gaming, they shine like no other. They are one of the few headphones that can actually produce enough low-end power to shake the entire unit, which is no mean feat considering their weighty construction. They don't simply apply volume at the low end, but have an incredible level of clarity in the area also. Even faced with a comparison against the impressive resolution of the AKG K701, the Beyerdynamic DT880s revealed new sounds and new details in the low end with every track.
However, nothing is without compromise, and the price of this low end clarity is a sacrifice in the highs. Compared to AKG and Audio-Technica models, the DT880 lacks some high-end detail, which becomes palpable in vocal and symphonic passages. Indeed, it is almost a Yin and Yang relationship with the K701, with neither pair being necessarily better than the other, only different. The choice between the two will always come down to personal preference."
Oh, forgot to welcome gbremer to HeadFi. Very first post, eh? I remember it...not at all actually.