Siduction is a fork of Aptosid with a new focus on the community. I have personally given a spin of their new release candidate of the LXDE version and am thoroughly impressed with their work. From the getgo, the user is supplied with a bunch of useful apps (except for maybe osmo). The LXDE iso comes with a very well done LXDE environment as well as openbox for the side.
Unfortunately, the openbox environment looks like it hasn’t been tweaked or fleshed out at all. It is like the openbox you get from installing it straight from the repos. No fancy menu, openbox config, or anything. Even tint2 is not installed. However, none of these should matter, because they are easily fixed with a simple command from the terminal.
Also, I wished siduction could make their isos more minimalistic, because all of their isos are significantly bigger than the smallest iso from aptosid. The siduction LXDE iso is approximately 675mb whereas the aptosid XFCE version is about 475mb. For most users, the default apps would be most appreciated by the general public, but not by those who just want to keep a small footprint on their harddrives (although a debian netinstall can easily fix this issue).
My other complaint is the web browser installer. For some odd reason, the root partition cannot be any smaller than 1 gb for it to be recognized by the installer, even if the user has dedicated partitions for /home /usr /var /tmp. The aptosid installer does not care but siduction does. I hope this issue can be resolved in the future releases.
On the plus side, I found it relatively easy to find and purge almost everything I did not need, althought my purge list goes up to 3 lines of text or more. To my surprise, the dist-upgrade process was simple and did not require huge amounts of data to be downloaded from the repos for the very first dist-upgrade. In aptosid, I would need to download approximately 400mb or more on the first dist-upgrade, whereas my siduction install only needed about 23mb of data.
Overall, the siduction distribution looks very promising and I am certain that I will be using their distro for a long time to come. Right now, I can only hope for something like a siduction-core iso where it is only a wm (openbox or scrotwm), drivers, terminal applications, and the kernel.
Siduction site: http://siduction.org/