I keep trying out new distros all the time, but always end up back with my best friend Debian. I just can't get enough of it, after the new release of Sarge, it's now almost 100 times better then the old woody. So many bugs in the apt system have been patched, I am experiencing no problems at all. If you are looking at using X.org, or even KDE 3.4 with Debian Sarge, check out www.debian-desktop.org
. This site contains tons of apt lines that you can add to your /etc/apt/sources.list, just make sure you do a 'apt-get update' after to refresh and update your apt cache. If you are looking for a splash screen like that of bootsplash, try out 'splashy', google for it. It's also very customizable in backdrop, and color, no animations yet, sadly.
After reading the latest issue that came here in Canada of LXF, the issue about emulators, and such. There was a Debian Sarge article inside, some of the information seemed quite mis-leading. I would've gave much more information about the apt system, such as adding extras sources, and such. If you are looking for an apt site, check out, www.apt-get.org
, it has tons of packages if you are looking for any missing ones. Plus, it also states that Sarge had trouble detecting THEIR video hardware, I just did a Debian Sarge install for a friend the other day, and it detected and configured his nVidia card, it even detected my piece of crap 'ATI Rage 128' card. Sadly my card lacks the ability to use X.org's good effects. But at the least, LXF gave Sarge a great rating overall, which I am proud of. I do agree, Debian is a bit difficult at times to install. But after doing it over 50 times, you'll remember it easily.