Dorsai65 writes: "Having tried and used a number of different Linux distros (Redhat, Fedora, SuSE, Mepis, Gentoo, and (K)Ubuntu, among others) since I made the big switch several years ago, there are certain applications and utilities that I prefer to use over the one that some distros make all but mandatory. For example, I much prefer VLC to any other video player, but my current Fedora12 is adamant that I have to have Dragon Player. I don't care for the default Dolphin file manager, but can't find/see how or where to tell my system to use something else (or even to REMOVE Dolphin, for that matter). So my question for my fellow Slashdotters is this: is there a distro that actually practices freedom (as in free-to-choose) utility/application selection, versus insisting on whatever the devs think is cool/sexy? Can I (relatively) easily have a Linux system that lets ME choose what I want on it without insisting I have to have stuff I don't like or want?"