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Ubuntu is friendlier to the hardware and I can add 3rd-party software to make it interesting. No Winsheep is going to accuse this linux user of being unable to watch Netflix! On the other hand I watch movie maybe twice a year, so is no big deal. KDE Desktop outshines all the Windows desktopsa by being feature-laden and I can switch to fluxbox or Ratpoison or Pointless if I am feeling minimalist. I have used GNOME a lot, but after all these years their icons are _still_ ugly. For my personal preference, the glitz of KDE or the eyecandy of E is a nice background to my developing in emacs.
We are looking at competing packaging systems (maybe a good topic for a question?) rpm/yum, deb/dpkg/apt-get, rpm/urpmi, emerge, tarballs, source compilation:cast/dispel, and maybe coding by hand, and we are looking at window managers/desktop environments (maybe another category?) like KDE, Many flavors of GNOME, Unity, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox, E, and a host of others. With all of that going into a distro (and many offering multiple choices of Desktop Environments) we will have a forest of bar graphs. Understanding why one person selects one or another is usually more preference than purpose as all of them assist you in working.
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Slackware. I use it for my dev machines, my gaming machine, and my servers. I gave up Ubuntu in disgust, and after using SuseLE for a while I honestly can't understand why anyone would ever use it. If there was a vote for number two, I'd probably go for Debian, though I'm really not that crazy about the Debian way of doing things, and I may be outcast for saying this but I really despise apt-get.
In this year I have used Calculate Linux most of the time, which is a derivate of Gentoo. The biggest advantage for me compared to Gentoo: faster and easier installation. Package management is done like in Gentoo with emerge. The desktop version of Calculate Linux has a XFCE and a KDE flavour.