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My wife just had a problem with her ubuntu 10.10 system when she tried to do a partial upgrade; looks like I'll be doing a system restore in some form this evening. Or I may as well try the beta. I'd like to try another distro; I used to use Suse but I feel it breaks even more often, and same for Fedora.
OpenSolaris is great (I know it isn't linux), of course there are few updates and fewer than ever now obviously.
Try Sabayon or OpenSuse. The former is a easy-to-install, easy-to-use binary / portage hybrid system based on Gentoo that can either be a stable release or a rolling release depending on whether or not you add the "Limbo" repository. You can install cutting edge binary packages or compile them in the traditional Gentoo way. I've had the same installation for almost two years now and it upgrades right along nicely. Plus, it's smoking fast. Comes with all desktop environments. OpenSuse is probably the best KDE desktop out there; it's Gnome desktop is very nice too. It now also has a rolling option in the form of its "Tumbleweed" repository. Other than it's tacit ties to Novell and thus Microsoft, which some people find objectionable, it's probably one of the best distros out there for regular folks.