Apt-get on non-debian distros
I've been on this topic before, but this time my aim is much more specific. Long ago I have dreamed of a distro (a "Perfect OS") which would combine the ease of use that Ubuntu is aiming for and the simplicity of the system underneat that Arch and Slackware have.
What I apparently wasn't all too willing to sacrifice there, though, is GUI-ness so to speak. This time I really don't care. As much as my current requirements of a desktop distro are to "just work" I believe that text configuration files which are easy to view and edit can play a role in this. Text configuration is bad only when it's actually made complicated, but in distros like Arch they are quite simple.
However, apt-get just rules. If anything then because of the sheer amount of cases it can deal with and the amount of packages it has available for it. Pacman may be a bit faster and slightly simpler (although I'm not sure how anything can be simpler than apt-get install package or dpkg -i package.deb, especially with a gdebi frontend to the latter), but it doesn't have all the features and doesn't scale that well from what I've heard so even speed is impacted.
But all distros with apt-get as package manager seem to be direct Debian derivates (or Ubuntu derivates which is still Debian). This also means that they inherit all the Debian complexity. Does this complexity have to go with apt-get though??
Can there be a distro which has configuration system as simple as in Slackware or Arch and yet use apt-get to install packages?? Is there any? Can it be flexible and allow easy building and installing of latest and greatest?