During some searches to tweak a few things on the laptop, I found several references to Arch Linux, a distro I hadn’t heard of before. One person even referred to it as the ultimate destination distro for folks who have tried Slackware. The same guy recommended someone try Slackware for a month or so, then upgrade to Arch.
My curiosity piqued, I shot over to the site. It does appear to be similar to Slackware as far as being designed to as a workhorse system for more hardcore users. The biggest difference, however, is the package system. Arch’s package system is Pacman, and they maintain a few different repositories with heavy community support. They also claim it’s an easier system for end users to customize and build their own packages, and that the packages are optimized for i686 (Pentium II and better) systems rather than generic i386 builds.
I haven’t been all that satisfied with Fedora on my home desktop system, so maybe I’ll give Arch a shot. In the meantime, if anyone out there has any direct experience with Arch, I’d be interested in hearing about it.