Thinking about trying Mandriva 2006 Desktop/LX
I've been playing around with GNU/Linux for quite a while, but have never tried Mandrake or Mandriva. I'm wondering how is the new 2006 Desktop/LX model.
The first thing is, how the package management in Mandriva? I'm used to Debian's apt and Slackware's tgz style packages, so I can hold my own when it comes to package management, but was looking for something more like apt since it's a lot easier. I've never tried any RPM-based distros, so please be more specific than it's RPM-based.
I've heard the LX model is very user friendly, which is good for what I'm looking to do with it (become a replacement to XP). What I really want to know here is, how are the packages that come with the CD set? I know it comes with KDE, but I really don't like Koquerer and some other KDE applicatons, does it offer Firefox and other non-KDE programs with the install? How is the initial install? I really don't need it installing 2GB of crap, and would actually like to have some say on what is installed, is that possible?