OK, I decided that I should look again at an RPM (shudder - rpm hell still haunts my dream) distro so I downloaded the Xfce spin of Fedora 30 (yes, the Xfce spin, I’m not walking that far from comfort as to go Gnome).
Arrghhh, my eyes, my eyes - what the hell is with that wallpaper?
Ignoring the wallpaper (almost impossible as there don’t seem to ge any alternatives), I’m not a fan of the installer, it confuses me, it made me anxious about crapping on other partitions, and finally did crap all over the grub settings on the /dev/sda drive (I was installing it on /dev/sdb7). Luckily the MX-18 USB drive was there and the MX tools soon reinstalled a working grub.
Now running it’s not too bad (apart from the wallpaper - I’m seriously going to have to replace that), if I just think “dnf” rather than “apt” I can get all my application, and not having to “apt update && apt upgrade” but just “dnf upgrade” saves a bit of typing.
OK, I’ve only had it on my SSD for a couple of hours and it seems better than the Fedora I remember, time will tell…
… but that wallpaper…
EDIT: This was prompted by paranoia and the “If Your Distro Suddenly Disappeared” thread, I thought having just Arch based as an alternative was too limiting