I hear people always say that Debian is for power users. I hear Mandrake is for newbies, but not for power users. How does that perception come about? I've used both and I have to say that as far as this semi-power user is concerned, I don't see that either is better for either purpose. I think that if it comes down to it, Debian is actually a better newbie distro...........once its installed. The installation is a bit forbidding (but you can install gigs of software just like mandrake).
I say this because apt-get seems to resolve and fetch its dependancies a bit better than urpmi.
By the way, Mandrake 10 is yards ahead of 9.2 in its capabilities. if you wait a few weeks, you can download the community release for yourself (I am using RC1 updated with cooker). Its quite polished and easy to use. The tools are at your fingertips if you need them (including the good ole CLI). You'll have a 2.6 kernel. KDE 3.2, Gnome 2.4, and all the latest goodies. And, they actually seem to work
I may have as good a review of Debian once Sarge is released as stable, of course (but that'll be a while from now)