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I had to go with SimplyMEPIS, but I will qualify my vote.
During most of the past six years, I have used a very flexible commercial Debian based distribution from North Vancouver, BC, the recently departed Libranet. The dustribution was closed last year after much thought by Tal Danzig, son of the late founder, Jon Danzig.
I also ran an experiment where I completely did all of my work on a very easy to install and use desktop system, Lycoris, and I ended up working for Lycoris for about a year as their product support specialist.
Once Lycoris became dormant, I worked more and more on Libranet, but wanted to keep an easy to use distribution as a backup. I had long used Mandrake as one of my easy to use desktop systems, but I had a few flaky versions in the 2005 time frame, so I wanted another alternative. That alternative eventually became MEPIS.
When MEPIS moved to the use of Ubuntu for its source of kernel updates and updated packages, I moved to MEPIS as my default distribution because Libranet was not being updated any more.
Eventually, I have found many distributions to work well, and the recent Mandriva Cooker has been fine for me. Given my preference for Debian based distros, but a willingness to blend free and non free software in my systems, blended commercial systems work well for me. MEPIS, having longest standing backup status, won out. Freespire has proven to be a worthy alternative, and Xandros 4 has also been a great alternative as well. One other version I have really enjoyed recently that I had never really liked much in the past has been the enterprise versions of SUSE recently marketed by Novell to the Enterprise Desktop and Server markets. SLED 10 in particular has been a distinct pleasure to use.
At the end of the day, I still stick with SimplyMEPIS 6 more than anything else. It works and works well.
I voted for Xandros O.C.E.3 02 Which I received with Rickford Grants very good book.Easy to install and set up.I had already used 2 01 and 3 01.A beginners pack was offered by Xandros with this book and included a Standard cd.Desktop OS This wiped out my computer had to use Mandrake 10 1 to rectify With all the trouble it had caused Xandros gave me a free download of business 3 03 This goes against using open source.I use o.c.e 3 02 But keep The business 3 03 on a disc on another machine (as you only get what you Pay for) it has cross over office etc and burns much faster It shows a what you pay for comes out the box ready to go but this is not Open source and against the grain of free linux
I would like to mention that I am running OpenSuSE. I just switched from Slackware. Mainly because I am lazy and SuSE has packages for almost everything I want. Oh yeah and I do not have to use an off shoot os to get 64bit integration. And I just may pay for full fledge SuSE so I can make document that winLoosers can read