|Not to despise debian (I’m testing it to see if/when I can switch from Mandrake and I’m starting to like it) but..
> make-kpkg (this absolutely rocks imho, see nvdriver, alsa-modules, etc: veeery slick.)
still there are no stock kernels with support for xfs, jfs, alsa (yes, you can get alsa, but you have to compile it yourself, not so difficult with make-kpgk but still more difficult than having it in the standard package). Mandrake stock kernel supports all this and more. For nvdriver just download the source rpm and do an rpm –rebuild and that’s all.
urpmi in Mandrake. And you can even use apt-get
also in Mandrake (I know they copied it from debian, maybe one day debian can copy something good from them ,since all their software is GPLed).
I prefer chkconfig
probably a good idea, yes you got me there (provided it doesn’t overwrite or trash modifications I manually make to the configuration files).
>lack of shovelware
what do you mean by shovelware, and where is it in other distributions?
Mandrake’s security updates have always been timely
urpmi –update –auto-select in Mandrake (or apt-get upgrade).
What’s missing though is a reliable equivalent of apt-get dist-upgrade.