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I had a problem with RedHat 7.1 that I think can only be fixed by wiping out the system and reinstalling... see thread Kernel Panic: Aiee.
My sys Admin here at work said that Debian has a more reliable operating system than RedHat. The down side is that it doesn't carry all the same bells and whistles that RedHat does. What is the feel out there for Debian vs. RedHat.
I really liked my RedHat 7.1 minus this last kernel fart.
i think debian and redhat both have their similarities and differences, ups and downs.. but i would say, yes, i would say either debian or slackware are the best in my own opinion, they are the most robust linux distros out there.