I would say that at this time, and I stick with Slackware since the
arrival of the MS
OS for which people stood in a queue all night to be THE first to buy 13
When out of curiosity, as long time DOS user, I started installing it
and it told me
"Sit there, you idiot, *we* know what is best for you!", few days later
I went Linux.
The number of distributions was limited, and RedHat attitude reminded me
So I went Slackware with the "steep learning slope" and today when
looking out of curiosity
on another distribution I may approve of its way of doing certain things
during install, but
its configuration scripts need another learning time so I retreat to
"known, comfortable, difficult"
but working Slackware.
In simple words, there is NO distro that has (or misses) something.
What is included in distribution varies, as you can have 2; 3 or more
CD's packed with software.
And of course you *cannot live* without 12 editors, 10 browsers and
But the basic things are the same. Kernel, its modules and shell,
bootloader, and then apps from here
And of course gcc compiler with libraries so if you miss something you
can always to recompile on
your install. Learn this compiler well and you can hack to your heart
Slack user from Ulladulla.