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Just went through another round of distros to find one for my new AMD 64 laptop. Fedora, Debian, Knoppix, Katonix, Mepis and others. I settled on Gentoo for the trip (moved from the U.S. to Germany), but Slackware is going on it now that I've got my desktop back online. Gentoo is fast and clean, but you can't beat Slackware. It just gets out of your way and lets you get set up and then work. Too cool, and it never, ever crashes. I run current all the time and haven't had an OS crash in, oh, 18 months or so. Not since I tried various drivers for my ATI video card. Just keep slackin'!
Gentoo for me. I have used Redhat since 8.0, and tried mandrake once ( which didnt last long, not my kinda distro ), and i have used Fedora Core 1 & 2 ( testing stages mind you ), but changed to Gentoo and have been happy since. I liked Redhat/Fedora, but the bloat was a bit much, got me a little confused. I would kinda like to try Slackware, and Ubuntu which i will install on a mates comp who is just going to start getting into Linux, but the awesome clean running from my Gentoo system is just what i want and need, and the emerge system is, for the most part, better than the RPM installs, except for having to wait for some programs ebuilds to be updated.
Although it might not be everybody's distro, gentoo is definately MY distro of choice.
Ubuntu - best roll-out, press coverage, rapid population of high quality product, forum and guides, with option for corporate support. Not on the list, and just sneaking in at the last minute of the year, was PCLinuxOS Preview 8 -- possibly the smoothest, prettiest, best-out-of-the-box distro out there.