patrickmoore wrote:hopefully its as good under the hood
It's better under the hood than many distributions, in my opinion. I used Ubuntu for 2 years, concurrently with SL, but stopped using Ubuntu a year ago.
SL is a customised version of Gentoo, which is very configurable and known for its excellent documentation. However Gentoo has a reputation for being a geek's/tinker's distribution. Therefore what SL's chief developer (Fabio Erculiani, a.k.a. lxnay
) did was to create Entropy: a binary package manager which makes SL much easier to use than Gentoo's source-based Portage package manager (which is still available in SL for the more experienced users). Entropy is similar in concept to the package management tools for binary package distributions such as Ubuntu. Equo is the command line equivalent of apt-get and Sulfur is the GUI equivalent of Synaptic.
The SL development team is small but very dedicated, and the results speak for themselves.
As with any new OS, please do take the time to learn how to use the package managers. The SL Wiki has several articles explaining how to use them. A good start is the article: Entropy
(notice Section 8, Fresh Install too).
Welcome on board.