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I don't know of any file system in Linux that needs defragmenting. The fsck tool is designed to look for errors and check file system consistency, but I don't know of or use any defrag tools for Linux.
There is a black sheep. Reiser suffers from fragmentation quite badly. But why use Reiser (which has plenty of other disadvantages) if there are ext3, XFS and JFS. And ext4 is expected to be ready for production use soon.
Distribution: The ones that come in magazines and books.
It certainly doesn't help that the man who created the Reiser file system is being tried for murder. Since everyone else stated that you don't need to defragment, one thing you might want to do periodically is delete the files from your temp folder. It kind of works like your temp folder in Windows. The FS will create files and dump them there. I've heard of people losing up to a gig's worth of space in that one folder.
Somewhere once I read a great explanation of why Linux does not need a defrag. Since I can't find it, all I can say is that you don't need to defrag in Linux. That's just one more thing that makes Linux great.