Thanks for thinking of me Ray! I've tinkered with Siduction before, LXQT, and quite liked it. As a matter of clarification though, I'm not necessarily a fan of "bleeding edge". Much like the hardware thought process we've discussed, I think the same of software. I prefer the "trailing edge"...new enough to have updated features, but old enough to have most of the bugs massaged/triaged. I once had a boss that said "if you want to be a pioneer, that's fine, but remember that pioneers get shot at" For some reason, that always stuck with me. Consider me a "settler" who shows up earlier than most, but after the pioneers have staked their claims.
I'm more interested in "rolling release" now, rather than fixed point. Although I recognize that "bleeding edge" and "stable" are part of that consideration. Looking for a place on the spectrum that I can be happy with....and easily remaster my customizations to ISO for easy re-installation to other machines, and other peoples machines.
So far so good, with Manjaro and Arch, although they're a little short on the "easily remaster" criteria. Siduction is on my radar (although maybe too bleeding edge?!). Antix is also on my radar, which is a nice base, but requires a LOT of removal and new packages to hammer into something I enjoy; but its easily remastered, so that helps offset that. PCLOS is on my radar, but not sure I can be confident in long-term viability of TexStar's one man show. And of course Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), although that isn't near as "up to date" as I'd prefer. I should probably consider OpenSUSE, but I've never been a fan of RPM based distros; nothing against them, just prefer Debian methods & tools. I'm seeing the merits of source-based distros also, and compiling from source. Arch, Manjaro, LFS, Gentoo, and AryaLinux spring to mind. LFS is beyond my pay grade (for now), but would be fun someday (I think) when I have the time & resources to devote to that project. Gentoo is for masochists (and Google, which uses Gentoo as a base for ChromeOS, I believe). I've recently discovered AryaLinux, which is based on LFS. A little too soon to say where that project is heading, or if it will even be a viable long-term project or just a hobby, but it sure is interesting.
I encourage you to look at that in a VM, but there's no torrent, only direct links, and the download takes a LONG time. Just warning you up front. If it piques your interest, maybe you'd like to check it out next week, when you have custody of our brain?