Is this at all normal or do I need taking outside and given a slap to bring me round to my senses?
It probably is normal, as far as the concept can go with out a dedicated thread to discuss all of the possible variant implications. Generally dangerous teritory to get into though. Especially if any of my relatives are involved in the conversation.
Does anyone else use it regularly, or have anything good or bad to say about it?
Iv'e had FreeBSD in at one time, and have been meaning to do it again for quite a while. I found the 'man' pages far more explanitory than those in Linux. And the way the developers said basically, their focus is to produce a secure mature operating system environment and don't particually care if people like it or not. So don't bother us with feed back along the lines of 'couldn't you make it a bit more like windows please'. Very refreshing
I also liked the way that they suggested that a secure system should never have installed any program thats designed to create other programs. Which covers all the compiles and imaging, audio creation sw. You wont find other distros actually mentioning that. Though, it does sound somewhat extreme, i can see their point.
On the possible negatives -=- some thing slippery probably just forgot to mention ...
I don't think it will run windows apps very well natively