Hi there again exploder
I was wandering around cyberspace and popped in to say hello and make a comment or two about a couple of things in this thread and to agree with you on your first post.
1. sidux begins with a small 's'!
(I know, not a majot issue, but the guys there do insist on the correct spelling and rightly so)
2. I agree that some of the big/major distros are releasing pretty shoddy/buggy work which IMO is out of order.
The latest Mandriver release, Ubuntu release, Open SUSE release were all full of bugs. The smaller distros appear to be much better at releasing even betas that are better than some final releases of the big guns. Here I speak of MEPIS, sidux, my own antiX and of course Mint.
3. sidux is really a great distro that adheres to free software. Go to their svn and the pyfll part and you can create a sidux/sid (and not only) livecd. Freely available.
4. antiX comes with a MEPIS kernel by default, but uses the smxi script so sidux and Debian kernels can be easily installed. Another distro I know of that has a sidux kernel is myrinix.
exploder, give the MEPIS beta 5 a run through (if you like kde). Very fast install and very stable already.
Finally, to let you know that antiX-M8 is in testing.
Good luck Mint with the new release.