I have been using 10.04 for quite some time. Previous versions were a bit flaky. This one is pretty solid so far.
Brother printer works ok
nvidia upgraded video card works
I attempted to use ubuntu 11.xx. Despised the layout, slow, and did not seem stable.
What are the major differences between the distros and gui frontends? (link is fine)
Are some more stable than others, especially regarding hardware support? Community support?
i.e. Will my Brother printer work on all the distros, or is it known some distros have poor hardware support?
This would be for a home machine:
firefox, libre office, gimp, mp3s ripping, pdf viewer of some sort, youtube, vlc, package manager...helpful
Business partition I use centos. Good enough.