Actually, I think SliTaz is best run from the CD or a USB drive. Since its all in RAM, apps load almost instantly. As for the user, the "cooking" version now uses "tux" rather than "hacker". They've also added some more apps to the repo.
Things I like:
Very fast boot times (<20 secs) and very responsive on a P3 with 128MB of RAM.
The OpenBox setup is very sleek. This is what I expected when I used Xubuntu. I could never go back to a full blown Gnome after using it.
The package management is nice as well, much nicer than DSL's in my opinion.
Things that I dislike:
Not enough packages. I don't blame the distro at all for this, it has a great amount of packages for a live CD distro. But for everyday use, I want more packages then are what offered.
Busybox. Again, I'm glad they use BusyBox when looking at it from a live CD perspective, but I really miss some of Bash's features (especially reverse lookup).
No tiling WMs! This is the biggest negative to me, and why I planning on throwing Arch on there when I get the time. Using the mouse to move around little xterms is doubly annoying when you are using a touchpad. If there was a tiling WM in the repository, I would probabaly keep using it.
All in all, I really do like Slitaz, and actually ran it for about a week straight in ram on my desktop, but I can't go back to managing my windows with a mouse.
Why do you find Arch to bleeding edge?
I've used Slackware more thoroughly than any other distro, so I have very high expectations when it comes to stability. I experience problems upgrading on Arch far too often for my liking.
I'm considering sticking with SliTaz. If I can get my printer drivers set up, the graphics card isn't that important.
I've remembered why I hate Gentoo. While Pkgsrc and FreeBSD's Ports have always felt elegant and powerful to me, Portage feels polluted and abused. Scratch this one!
I have an aversion to PCLinuxOS/derivatives, but I've heard enough good stuff about TinyMe that I'll consider trying it.
I'm going to tackle the printer drivers today. If I get them working, SliTaz just might turn out OK.
I've hit a wall with the printing. It's too bad, because I really like SliTaz as an installed distro. Ah well
Despite its reputation for bugginess, I've always had good luck with Fedora. I might go that route and just remove GNOME and OpenOffice...
EDIT: Fedora is burning as I write. NetBSD is the only other OS I've ever used that affected me more than SliTaz has - I'm actually feeling genuine sadness as I leave. This is disturbing...
Last edited by cardinals_fan; August 13th, 2008 at 09:58 PM.