Ubuntu Edgy Eft
Over the Christmas period I installed Ubuntu 5.10 (Edgy Eft) on my MacBook under Parallels, and I have to say that it’s the most likeable Linux distribution I’ve tried so far.
It’s not the first time I’ve used Ubuntu, but it’s the first time that I haven’t been driven mad by it. Though I still do not like their decision to keep support for MP3 and DVD playback out of the box, it is at least a great deal easier to install if wanted, as well as the official Java runtime environment. The inclusion of Firefox 2.0 (albeit what looks like a release candidate thereof) is a nice touch and the default packages aren’t bad, though I’m still annoyed that I can’t remove Evolution - I don’t need it and prefer Thunderbird, but to do so would apparently remove lots of important dependencies. Most of the packages are quite up-to-date too - maybe not the most recent stable versions but not exactly old either.