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<snip bit about not using any distro as per mjcr's sig>
> Since this is all on the home system, no paycheck depending on getting it
> right or meeting a deadline, I'd be happy to take longer grafting tools
> from another distro into what I have, as this *should* enhance my knowledge
> of Linux itself and the tools, which is what I am after.
> Any comments, suggestions?
The example you have, namely apt-get, was probably the worst you could
have selected, since package management is the thing which is singularly
distribution dependent. Some distros, like slack, rely on the admin to
do most of the dependency tracking by hand, the gentoo type seem to be
heading for more the BSD approach (Terry, Doug could probably add more
to this), Suse, Red Hat, Debian etc., have very comprehensive package
management systems of their own.
At the base of package management is the database of what's on the
system. This is the bit which contains all the hooks for things like
apt-get to work.
I would suggest that if you want to migrate towards a self-built distro,
you've three options ahead. One would be to start building source packages
of whatever it is you want to add on your existing Suse system. You can
then at least tailor them for your hardware. If you build them into
Suse RPMs then you can continue to use your current package management
system. Two would be to look at the Gentoo 'source' distribution and
build that. Three would be to read the Linux From Scratch howto and
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