I tried out Ubuntu, Puppy Linux, PC Linux, Freespire, Linspire, Suse, Fedora and Mepis, with all of them having good and bad points from my point of view. Mepis was easily the best and most comfortable one.
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We now run Mepis on 3 computers with a total satisfaction rating of around 90/95%. When you pay zero dollars (we did donate and intend to again when we have a little spare brass), that represents a hell of a bargain.