| I find woody is slightly less stable. But only slightly. Mandrake, SuSE, etc. can be quite stable, as long as you only use the official RPMs released by them. Using RPMs from many different sources just taken off ftps and random websites leads to the problems. If you only use official Mandrake RPMs you won’t break something, they all work properly. So there it passes woody. But…If you only use official mandrake packages then it’s not going to be updated that much faster than woody. I find Mandrake with official RPMs only is slightly more up to date, and slightly more stable. If your using any old RPMs off the net, then sure the packages can be instantly up to the most recent, but your stability takes a hit, becuase who knows what can happen.
Really as long as the security updates are fast the rest of the updates can lag a bit. Woody only breaks once in a while, if they can just nip those last couple problems that slip through it would be very stable. But a broken X here and there, not to good. For me a broken X, on a workstation obviously, is a pain in the ass. But for newbies it can totally freak them out and leave a bad impression, especially when they are in that new “finding the right distro for me” phase. Luckily people tend to get around to trying debian last, so by then they know what they are doing.