Do you like the awesomeness of Ubuntu but need something Canonical
ostentiously supports from upgrade-to-upgrade? Don't like bleeding
edge stuff so much as reliability?
It's called LTS, and it works great: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS
In fact(!) they released 8.04.4 just recently!:
Personally, I've tried Fedora, OpenSUSE, Plain old Debian, Ubuntu,
Mandriva--even CentOS. I get sick of all the Yak-Shaving required of
the non-Ubuntu distros just to get something I can use with current
hardware and modern multimedia. OS X is exactly the kind of OS
Microsoft would have made if they had started with UNIX instead of
MS-DOS. I like OS X a bit more than Windows, because it has bash...
but that's about it. Their laptops are pretty, but they take away
buttons instead of add them. Better hardware, that Ubuntu runs well
on, can be had for much less money.
You, of course, must make up your own mind. For me, I see it this way:
Microsoft and Apple make Operating Systems so they can use them as
platforms for their DRM encumbered money-making content delivery
applications, and lock you into their private application market.
) GNU/Linux and BSD are made by the
people for the people. For me, it's an easy decision.