Originally Posted by aweir
The main importance is sticking with a particular distro that uses a similar package manager/softtware installer/graphical interface that you're comfortable with. For me, I think the Synaptic/.Deb way is better than YUM/RPM/, so I stick with a distro like Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and ones that are primarily Gnome based.
I stay away from SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, ect because they are predominately KDE based, and I don't like the way they install its software. But that's my preference. Most distros just work better with KDE and some work better with Gnome/Mate/Cinnamon.
Depends, most debian based distributions work either way honestly. Also, Fedora goes both ways as it's DE of choice IS gnome but trust me when I say KDE works fine. Though you are right, package management is a huge choice to the end user if they really want to get into things. I do not like how rpm packages are made, the whole process is annoying compared to deb based work. I'd much rather build a deb than an rpm, just my opinion.
 Final note, I forgot to tack on package managers are also a huge deal IMO. Depending on the distro and how often they push updates but each package type has it's own manager (generally). There are a few universal ones but most distros stick to package specific ones.Edited by mushroomboy - 11/30/12 at 3:51am