Ideal GNU/Linux distro
Let's all share what do we consider the ideal GNU/Linux distribution. Everyone has different needs, desires and taste as well as level of experience, time etc. Therefore what is ideal for me may not be ideal for you.
So here is mine. After trying out SuSE and after using Ubuntu for quite a while I gave it some though and here's what I would say would make an ideal GNU/Linux distro for me:
- It should be clean and simple: compliant with GNU/Linux and UNIX standards and with packages that are just clean compiled from original source (no modifications) This is like slackware's tgz.
- As such (described above) it would support building from source with least errors and being able to easily create packages (very compile friendly). Packages can simply be converted to tgz (as well as RPM and DEB) using checkinstall. Again, this identifies slackware the most.
- Package manager should be able to check and retrieve dependancies (rules out slackware), but still install original slackware packages (rules out arch). In this case zenwalks netpkg may be ideal as it doesn't require a special format for packs and uses tgzs instead having all dependancies stored in its database. This would be absolutely awesome since I could use any plain tgz package and install it with dependancies resolved.
- Every release should come with a CD or DVD full of software for all needs (minimizes the need to download alot when having expensive bandwidth).
- It should have newest stable versions of all (or most) software (not old kernels and software as in slackware)
- While I don't mind editing text files to configure stuff it should at least have a good hardware detector aiding in hardware configuration and plugging.
So apparently I think something that is slackware based but meeting demands that slackware itself doesn't could be my ideal distro of choice.
Good candidates I found so far and might try some of them are: Zenwalk (netpkg), Kate OS (tgzex), Vector (slapt-get). Frugalware and Arch with pacman package manager are good also, but pacman uses a package format which still doesn't have as much packages compiled as slackware's tgz and arch comes with only minimal software on CD.
Of those I've tried so far I'd say Ubuntu was the best, but it isn't "ideal" (isn't very compile friendly and you're slightly locked in into supported software versions).