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"I agree support is different but how many of us buy the distro and the support? I would guess a pretty small percentage that frequent this site. "
I respectfully submit that you are missing the point. Frequent visitors to the site may not be the primary beneficiaries of such reviews. Many folks who google for OS reviews end up here whenever they need to see a review on a specific operating system.
Also, in case you have not noticed, Linux is gaining more and more momentum every day within the corporate environments (both on desktops and within production). Installing 5 different distros on systems in your lab at home is one thing but recommending a distro for your corporate production facility in a mission critical capacity is something else. It is precisely these types of reviews that give people in decision making capacities confidence to either move forward or delay a commitment to a particular distro. Your comment about not buying distro for support virtually advertises your ignorance about this movement within corporate environments.
For all of you taking the time to write objective reviews and share your observations pertinent to other distros, etc. I say Thank You and keep up the good work. And for those of you who find these reviews pointless or otherwise indistinguishable in their free standing merits, try to appreciate the time it takes to go through an installation while detailing events/thoughts along the way and then produce a well written document to benefit others afterwards.
Thanks Tyler for a job well done.