I could "play ball" in the PCLinuxOS team, and still say the Synaptic we have is really slower to start : we have to wait patiently that it has finished to do the database check, or database load, well, what it has to do.
And this part is really much faster in the distros that use the other Synaptic version : the Debian one, and distros pulled out of Debian.
But I am pretty sure this time is greatly well used when afterwards we don't get a mega-bunch of unuseful depends, with also proposals for plenty more cryptic named optional packages !
How many times in a Debian install I have been staring at theses optional packages, and worse : recommanded packages, wondering if I would ever need them, and what they were doing. I have even sometimes done research to try to find out the answer to thoses questions, and often ended not knowing much more : I suppose you all know how un-explanatory are the package descriptions we often get ?
Anyhow, as we are going to switch to Yumex next year, we will discover new landscapes with package managing. ^^