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Not Linux but I vote for FreeBSD followed by Open Solaris. Because they both can stand up to a heavy load without falling on their face even on meager machines better than any Linux flavor I have tried, are easily upgradeable with complete docs telling you exactly how to do it, are very stable, come fairly locked down out of the box. If a FreeBSD machine does something it's because you told it to do it.
IMHO FreeBSD has documentation and a ports/package system second to none. I've yet to figure out how to make a FreeBSD machine crash unless you update it half way and then stop, purposely screw the kernel up, delete some system files or the MBR, issue swapoff -a without enough RAM or something user caused like that.
I wish that APM was a little farther advanced on open source operating systems.
I vote Centos or RHEL if I have to use a Linux server. Because I have used them with success, they can be updated rather easily with yum, good support if you search a little, more applications than you can use, 3 or 4 that will do the exact same thing well, come with lots of tools to make admin easier, have several repos on the web for software, have better printer support than the BSD's and generally do a good job.
How about openSuSE? Most of my servers run it, and have been running SuSE since 7.3... quite a few years now...
Given the subforums, I think that OpenSolaris would be a nice addition, as well as the 3 BSD's. I know they won't come up near the top, but it's nice for us to include others...they may not be based on the Linux kernel, but do have similar uses, and similar goals.
Personally, I have boxen running various Linux flavors, OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD... the right tool for the job.