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I've been a slacker since I've used Linux, and about a week ago I decided to try Zenwalk to do something new, and I have to say, it's amazing. Now don't yell at me for this, but it seems that it's kind of a halfway mix between Slackware and Debian. It's slackware based, but it has a nice package manager that gets stuff from repositories etc, and is nice and graphical for when I don't feel like mucking about in the command line. I personally like it a lot, kinda like a GUI-based Slackware. So maybe not number one for me, but it comes in a close second
I am pretty sure there is no "best distribution"...
Warning: I have been using Slackware since 3.1 so I am biased.
I do like slackware... a lot. I recently figured I would try out some of these slackware alternatives (with a desktop/workstation focus) since I just upgraded from 60gb to 160gb of HD space in my laptop.
So... I downloaded Vector 5.8.6 SOHO and Zenwalk 4.6.1. I tried Vector first and struggled through everything for about 2 days before thinking to myself, "Hey, this should be easier than Slack, shouldn't it?" At that point, I hit the power button (didn't even do a shutdown), fired in the Zenwalk CD and formatted/installed on the old Vector partition.
With Zen, I was close to a full working system out of the box except wireless. I dug around a bit through the documentation before finding the fix, and away I went. Downloaded Nvidia drivers, openoffice, kde... Edited a few of my start up scripts. Removed packages I don't use/care about... Pounded my chest and called it a success.
Now, I can say... I do like Zenwalk... a lot.
Vector had me within inches of taking my own life (not sure why... probably some stupid configuration error on my part), and then Zenwalk taught me that there was hope for slack based distro to successfully focus on end users who will be running it on a desktop/laptop (not as a server).
Not sure if I will stick with Zen over Slack or not, but for now, I am really enjoying it. I will probably always keep Slack on my desktop, but Zen is a real possibility on the laptop.