Now that I have had time to play with Mepis, Kubuntu, OpenSuse, and Freespire I would like to discuss my impressions of the different distributions.
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I have Mepis running on a laptop at home. It is also rock solid and easy to work with. The install was simple and it has been very reliable. The only difference between Mepis and Kubuntu is the look and feel. Both have run flawlessly and both outperform Vista on far lesser hardware. Since I have not used Mepis in a working environment yet, I still give the edge to Kubuntu/Ubuntu. I have 6 months of real life work experience with Ubuntu in a Windows shop and I have been very productive in that time frame. I have not been as productive with Freespire due to its random issues.