| And I’ve yet to see you field my comment about the lack of frontends (ie the fact that its all commandline); for some reason you left that out. That was my biggest problem with mdk when I tried it.
Well, I’m still not too confortable with debian, since I’ve been using it for too much little time while I’ve been using mandrake since 7.0, so these are my first impressions and could be wrong. I don’t know debian frontends and I almost never use mandrake frontends: they’re good to get evrything working initially but afterwards I prefer to edit configuration files by myself.
And, as for stock kernels, fine, stock kernels are good but what if you want to make your own ones?
I never needed to make my own kernels under mandrake: (almost) everything is supported right out of the box (yes, I had to compile some modules for exotic hardware, but I could do it without touching the running kernel). With debian I really had to roll my own and still I couldn’t get it totally right.
Anyway, I think there are other reasons to prefer debian: the development model (though mandrake’s one isn’t too bad) and the social contract, and not technical merits alone.