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Debian. Works on just about any hardware you can find, can get it in overtested uuber stable version, or can use testing to get a much more modern and pleasant (IMO) to use OS. Installation is now quite easy, and they offer really nice netinstall images so that you have a use for those old 512 MB usb drives. While I use several other distros (Chakra, Mageia, OpenSuse), Debian is far and away my favorite.
Tip of the day for all who would like to tinker with Slack: Intall sbotools from slackbuilds.org, it brings a ports like installation tool to the slackbuilds repository with dependency ressolution, it's ace!
Debian comes as a close secound, great to see so many good choises out there
Manjaro. Mostly because I have to make a choice and a newcomer deserves a place in the sun. And because it's a rolling release with recent software. Let's face it: either you chose a 'stable' distribution and you get stuck with software that gets quickly old, or you chose a distribution that requires re-installation every year or so. That said, I'm writing this on Debian Wheezy... ;-)
Too bad that Elementary OS is missing. It's highly ranked on DistroWatch and having installed it myself, I think it's very well done.
Hi Trentfox, how does the Pantheon desktop environment compare with Gnome shell, or Unity Shell? I haven't tried Pantheon, but i saw an advert a little while ago for Elementary that made it look interesting.