" I have been told (probably baised) that slackware is quite good. I would also like a linux distro that is non-commercial and therefore free to download."
Just so you know, many commercial distros are free to download, Mandrake and Slackware being good examples. That said, Debian, Arch, and Gentoo are all non-commerical distros that are very solid and popular.
"I really didnt like the way mandrake handled file installation, through rpm's. I did try to avoid them but sometimes it wasn't possible. "
I'm not really sure what you want here. If you want a binary package system without any kind of dependency resolution so you can control everything, then Slackware is what you'd want.
If, on the other hand, you wanted a sophisitacted system of automated dependancy resolution then Debian would probably be the best choice, or possibly Arch Linux (not to be confused with Ark).
If you are saying you don't like using binary packages whatsoever and want to compile everything from source but still want automated dependancy resolution, then Gentoo would be the one to look at.
Last edited by Greyweather; 02-10-2004 at 09:58 AM.