Debian seems to be reasonably well supported, hardware etc wise, and for a nugget like me, that's quite important.
Yes, I could also try SuSE (again), but I seem to have developed an irrational dislike to bratwurst.
Deadrat, nah, don't like/can't get on with gnome (and I'm often to lazy to change the default packages), and I would rather stay away from the linux answer to Micr0$0ft.
Also, there are a couple of people at my LUG who are serious "debian monsters", and though I often can't get to the meetings because of work, they are helpful, especially when it's a question regarding their "pet" OS. I am one of just a handful of people at the LUG who are IT professional. There's some mega smart cookies, and all I have to do is get them to speak in english (as opposed to geek).
p.s. The actual idea of trying debian, or just something different is my "hedge betting" just in case mandrake ended up "down the toilet", given their recent past history.