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Debian Linux is a good distribution for many reasons. It's package management system is great, and it comes with plenty of packages for it on it's 7 installation CDs! It is a powerful and stable system, with a realtively simple installation process. You get a lot of control over your system, much more than using those configuration tools RedHat provides.
However, once you are done installing, things can be tricky to configure. This release comes with many packages, but many are old and out of date. From kernel version 2.2.20 to GCC version 2.95, you will need to upgrade many packages in order to get an up-to-date system running. The Debian site is little help there, as most of the packages there are just as old, which generally means compiling from source, which many newbies don't want to do. Despite all it's positive attributes, this can make Debian a real pain to use.
In general, if you are a newbie, I'd recomend one of the easier distros like SuSE, RedHat, or Mandrake, then move to a 'harder' distro like Debian, Slack, or Gentoo if you are prepared to spend a lot more time configuring your system. But for power users, Debian is definitely one of the best distros out there once you get to know it.
//edit: While Debian still is a very good distro in my mind, I found the old packages too much trouble to update, especially since I couldn't get my internet connection working, which nullifies the advantages of apt-get. I am now using slackware linux, and suggest that for any serious linux user.