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I'm using debian now for more than a decade on my desktop, but I still vote for Ubuntu (though I had 2 kernel updates last year, which made my notebook unbootable).
I have the feeling that debian is falling behind too much in terms of package maintainance. Lots of broken packages which are not looked at and even more old packages.
I have some 50 ubuntu packages installed on my debian(!) system.
Another vote for Mint here. While I used Slackware exclusively for years, I have to say, I have never been as impressed with a distro, heck, ANY operating system, as much as I have been with Linux Mint 10.