What would be your "dream" distro if you could have it all.
Working on it! I take "have it all" literally. So excluding this or that is unacceptable! I want everything that runs on a computer to run some how on my one big bad box.
Mine is as follows:
1.Booting without systemd and GRUB
2. Zero systemd and zero dbus; runit init system by default
3. Zero zeitgeist, zero geip, zero geip-city, etc
4. No metrics whatsoever anywhere
I'm firmly behind systemd, but then I'm one of those debian people...
The bottom layer is isolated, not even a browser. Some top layer VM's have full default tracking.
Much of the system has no metrics, some vm's have metrics, planted metrics, themed metrics, whatever I tell you metrics.
5. Kernel without vmlinuz crashes
Host never crashes, only vm's and separate bare metal test ever crash.
6. ZERO AndroID and ZERO MS crap in the kernel
Some of the vm's maybe...again, no blind exclusions based on hype, theory, conspiracy...
8. Zero Intel Management Engine
Sure. I use lots of impi equipped stuff, maybe worse. non-issue.
9. Zero "side channel hacking" vulnerabilities and associated "software mitigations"
I love how Xeons run when you turn off hyperthreading. So when I build them, I double up. They're cheap and plentiful.
11. Zwap by default
zramswap is nice. I use 4x64MB in vms and firefox likes them and uses them very efficiently. The host has 16x128MB and uses it, so effective in low and high memory uses. I do have a M$ coded pae-ram drive for swap on an XP vm, very cool, remember anything and everything in one box!
12. scratch package manager (discovered it recently, wow!)
Yes, important. Debian is the strongest in package management, hence my choice.
13. Intel boot kernel improvements by default
Sure, full VT-d+, iommu, srvio, etc. Also, bios control over HT, core count, and multiplier helps. Default is still a problematic thing. Linux in general does not have robust conditional defaults.
14. One ISO that has stage 3 optimizations by default for both AMD and Intel and amazing robust hardware detection
As I said above. M$ had superior hardware routines in XP that still haven't been matched. I've eliminated install and back up concerns by using images and learning how to tailor them for use. See my other post... An image is a backup, a file, and image is the system, on the boot ssd...the image is running...
15. VAAPI by default everywhere including Mozilla Firefox
Ya, we're always behind what could be! We have a long way to go. I don't think anything is ready for 'default'. It makes people like me mad when I have to de-engineer poor assumptions.
16. DE rendered everywhere by GPU (including Webrender in Firefox)
still working on the prior #15, but I can have 3 environments on the 3 gpu's all at the same time, so that helps. I wish MxGPU would hit mainline linux, I can dream...
17. OpenBSD xorg configs by default
Hint from #15, there should be no xorg.conf. Hint files are the xorg files for switches and modes that should execute optional if present, and not hang at the terminal in indescision like so many do.
I do use it. Fully encrypted disk make full size images at backup that can't be compressed, that sucks. Other backup images are just a few gigs, that's nice.
I focus on capabilities few use. So I'm odd, but within this realm I think debian, and Linux, is amazing. As a general purpose do everything OS, well, that's silly, Linux itself, and debian in particular is way way way behind...Linux is still the arena of excessive choice among the almost done. Some will think that's a slam, not really.
For me no worries, I've gone vertical...