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If you want a no-brainer debian based linuxe dist. try either mepis or libranet.
Only thing is their pkg update, etc can be difficult. That's why I'm back with
Debian. IMHO once you master Debian, you'll have the full power in the palm
of your hands and won't want to go anywhere else.
Agree on Ubuntu. It is so beautiful.
Also, the community is really good - I was surprised with the level of enthusiasm for such a young distribution. Also, the HowTos at Ubuntu Forums are great for setting up multimedia support, upgrading to current and so on. You should know that the installation does not mount the Windows partition and the USB Flash by default. This, however, is quite well covered in the very educational Ubuntu Guide.
I had a previously discussed problem with getting the e-mail - Evolution does not flag the mails correctly, so it sometimes grabs the same e-mails twice. So I installed ThunderBird instead. It's great.
I want a system relatively easy to use, stable, and with updated packages like the latest versions of KDE or Gnome. As I said, I think Mandrake is not exactly what I want. I prefer debian based systems. I tried knoppix and like it, but it is a live CD and not a full install. Debian by itself does not have the latest packages on the stable version but after looking at tripmix words about the unstable version I'm curious about trying this. Is this unstable version going to be a problem on my computer or the unstable in debian is like a stable in Mandrake?! And to try it what is the right version to download? Unstable, Sarge?
About the Ubuntu, I will download it to give it a try too.
SimpleMepis is very easy to install and its software package is excellent. Another nice distro is Xandros. They have OCE free version, the software included is a bit old, but it is really easy to use and get job done very nicely.