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I think it's interesting that the voting here is much more evenly distributed among the various distros. No one is over-whelming the others. Not that there aren't rabid opinions, just that the rabid opinions are kind of spread all over.
It's too easy to install/configure/administrate.
Most configuration options are easily available with neat easy-to-use GUI
For those not willing to compile from scratch, is already compiled for i586 and not i386 as most others, so it's optimized for better machines.
Supports RPMs which makes installing and uninstalling easier for newbies. And many things developed and packaged in RPMs for RedHat work also in Mandrake with no effort or recompiling at all.
I have to say though that I like diversity, and I love that results from this forum shows that not a single distro is overwhelming the others, as RussLear appointed before. In fact, this forum has convinced me to try other distros, perhaps starting on Slackware, which I almost didn't knew and it seems to be very popular. And to see if it's true that once a slacker you never go back. If it is true for me, I will switch, I promise; if it is not, then your slogan doesn't work (at least for me).
There are other distros I didn't even knew about, like Knoppix, Fedora, Libranet, Arch, VectorLinux and LFS. I'll document my self about each one of them because it's worth knowing.
That's just one of the greatness of GNU/Linux/Free Software/Open Source: That you have a very broad espectrum of REALLY good choices of any kind, in distros, desktop environments, window managers, office suites, shells, anything you like, on top of the common powerfull core that are the kernel and the OS.
well, The Screen Savers vote goes towards either Mandrake or Suse.
They had a little segment yesterday that highlighted the fact that Redhat is now mostly out of the desktop linux market, although they did mention Fedora. Anyways they had some Linux expert come in (I forget his name) and he said basically that mandrake and SuSe are going to be good choices for beginners. Although the host (Leo something) tended to lean towards SuSe.