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I have tried many distro's (debian, lycoris,gentoo,RH,SuSE,...the big ones...even bsd's) but in the end I go back to Slackware. The reason is because I find I learn more about managing a system and how to interface with a program since there is no GUI front end. I agree with the earlier comment that there does need to be a standard in installing app yet I disagree with the GUI apps on all distros. I see 2 reasons for this.
1.) THose apps are what you guy into in commerical Linux..along with support.
2.) I use slackware cause its not bloated with stuff I don't want unless I want it. This lack there off makes distros distros and so on and so forth.
There are somethings that I wish can be worked into the system. Like mouseconfig having a wheel option or something to that effect. Just the small things that have been the norm in the computer industry which isn't there. THOUGH!, one thing I have to mention to is people voicing thoughts of lacking features but then do not try to contribute any type of time to fix those things. Myself realise this and I have been working on trying to get a couple of small programs into slackware to help the "END DESKTOP USER".
But to anyone wanting to try slack. TRY IT! worse comes to worse you go back to your old distro and that is what Linux is all about..choice :-D.