I'm new around here. I am going to be getting a new hard drive soon and I'm going to be putting linux on it. I have been using linux for about 3 and a half years now and I've tried a lot of distros. I've tried mandrake, red hat, fedora core 2, vidalinux, slackware, arch linux, suse and mepis just to name a few. My favourite distro right now has to be ubuntu because i tends to just work.
I'm not entirely happy with ubuntu right now and i usually have to do a lot of configuration/customization out of the box to make it useable for me. I am willing to compromise, but hopefully I won't have to do a lot of that.
My search criterea are these:
- KDE-based (or easily installable)
- Simple package management (with dependancy support)
- Not bloated*
- support for rt2500 wireless chipset out of the box or included on install cd
*What i mean by that is only having one of each type of app (one IM app, one web browser, one office suite etc.). I know that KDE isn't that lightweight but I have yet to find a lightweight alternative that I like.
I am a musician so I'd like to be able to easily install multimedia apps (playback and recording/music creation) similar to the prepackaged sound apps for fedora.
I am not afraid of manual configuration and compiling, but not to the extent of gentoo. If there is a distro that requires a lot of configuration, it has to be well documented.
The last thing I want is a half decent looking distro out of the box. Have gtk already configure to look like KDE/QT. A new, fresh theme other than the default plastik/crystal SVG would be nice.
I know I have a lot of wants and I realise I won't be able to fill all of my criterea (that is, unless I go with a LSF rig, but I don't have a spare machine to tinker around with that), so please don't point out the fact that I'm asking for too much.
Thanks for the help in advance, and thanks for your time as well.