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Try Libranet at http://www.libranet.com/, you can download their 2.7 version for free and try it out. Debian is really a nice distro but pretty hard to get up and running properly, Libranet makes that all a lot easier. Plus, there is only one ISO to download. If you like it alot you could eventually pay the $40 or so for the 2.81 version.
Last boot was because of broad electric breakout in Finland.
Most important pros of debian:
You only have to install it only once. The package management system is avesome.
Your fear of the old software is unnecessary. There is sid and sarge available, where you can pick newer versions as needed. The word 'unstable' or 'testing' doesn't refer to the software itsef, but is a property of packaging. That is, features and behaviour in software that is in unstable migth change among time.
You have to install it and get it running.
The "packaging" have to be understood to contain also installer.
I have been using Debian/unstable for two years now in my desktop machine. It has been about dozen times something has been broken (things like: "Ups.. my[debian developer] newest ghostview compilation uses some files that are contained in my home directory, not in the package, sorry.", or "Ups... ipv6 support in wget didn't work correctly in ipv4-only environments, reverting...".
These kind of things:
Applies to you only if you happen to use unstable version of the software in question
Are generally fixed in 24h.
You have allways the possibility to select earlier, working version instead if you have to. 'apt-get install foo/testing' or 'apt-get install foo/stable'.
i think there is a FTP mirror from suse website for u to download the s9 version. what u get from there is a personal version. I m using SuSE 9 pro and feel good. but i think debian is much more suitable for a older pc. SuSE needs too much memory to run xwindows.
and YaST is short for: Yet Another Setup Tool. it's useful for a newbie like me.