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I accidently put rpm in the original post.. Anyways if no one can suggest a good distro i will continue to use slackware which is the only system i can get to work 100% and that its layout file wise is the easiest to understand.. Its much better organized.. I guess i like it cause its not windows like in any way.. It doesnt start the gui on its own like debian and all the other distros.. Its got everything needed to compile in the install.. And i only need 1 disc not 7 or 1 for a ftp install..
I own Xandros already.. Its too modified.. I like to be able to get the newest stuff out there so i cant upgrade or else id break Xandros... And libranet isnt free anymore well they have the one free version but they arent making a free version of the newest version... I wont pay for another distro again.. I tried suse but i hate it cause its rpm... Rpm based distros have horrible dependancy hell.... Thats why i like slack and debian.
I think that you should consider Mandrake as an alternative. I know it has rpms, but it also has urpmi, which is the best thing that rpms have ever seen. It actually will resolve dependancies, as well as or sometimes better than apt-get will. I know that's fightin' words, but I have tried ~20 distros and I know what I'm talking about. Mandrake 10 is my day to day distro. I currently am also working on getting sound to work with Debian unstable, which shoudl be a piece of cake with a SB Live! by now, but I'm soundless untill I figure out what's going on. That's Debian - the most stable....
I have been able to count on Mandrake to deliver what I want. Perhaps its time you tried too. I know that rpms are shit but urpmi tames those uncivilized pieces of shit and actually resolves those deps. Your best friend with Mandy is easyurpmi. If you use it to set up your urpmi sources list, you'll have a great experience with Mandrake. I get the 2.6 kernel, KDE 3.2 (or Gnome 2.4 if you want), XFCE4, Fluxbox (or any other wm), streamtuner(for streaming internet radio), mplayer(with win32 codecs installed), you name it, all installed without problems. The mandrake control center is improving with every release, and you can admin your machine with a GUI if you want, for a change (and its not the crap like XP pro throws at ya).
I understand what you mean about using Slack, but Slack without swaret is just too much damn work. Give Mandy a try, especially, version 10. I think you'll change your mind about that "rpm" distro. Remember you kinda like Suse, but its rpms too...
Get PcLinuxOS and try out a Mandy 9.2 based livecd. Then you won't have to do anything to your system until you're dazzled by what Mandy can be.
Geez, I sound like a salesman.......perhaps Mandrake should give me free boxed sets for a few years...what'dya say?
I really hated suse.. I only like its eye candy... Ok well whenever mandrake comes out with public isos instead of ftp or whatever ill try it... And for fedora i will not try anything that is based off of redhat... I mean its redhat really.. Redhat sux and anything that is redhat with a few changes sux... As for the kernel i always compile thsoe myself.. I just dont like a bunch of crap that i dont need in my kernel... I have mastered kernel compiling with the 20+ compiles ive done... (I like to start over alot lol)
iotc247; take a look at Libranet gnu/linux.
may have what you wish. just finished hardcopying some
of their data. this OS has more than what i was looking for. but its impressive! support yeah shake a stick and viola! wow! that a 76`s for now.
Stick with Slack. Once you try something else you'll just come back. What you're looking for is already in Slackware or can be added on. SWareT adds the dependency support and 'aptness' you're looking for (and check out Kswaret for GUI SWareT). You do know that 'ls -1 /var/log/packages' gives you a list of everything installed? You can even less those files to see what is in the package giving you (kinda) your package database. www.kde-look.org can make KDE look just like SUSE (even though I prefer GNOME), and bootsplash can be compiled into the kernel. Really, Slackware has or can easily have all that you say you need.
I know all of that... Ive used slack for a month now.. And ive done all that.. I was just looking for a distro that didnt make me have to do all of that... Oh well guess thats what linux is about.. But anyone know of any modified kde for high quality eye candy like suse?