for desktop systems where there are a lot more programs where the updates matter (and a lot more interdependance between component versions), Debian is a horrible choice. for that I need something that releases more frequently.
I don't know, man... My experience is actually the opposite. Having the non-LTS version of Ubuntu on a development machine has been a nightmare. Days of wasted time, failed upgrades, etc. Rinse and repeat every 6 months. I can't even imagine what a "regular" person would do if they had it at home. Upgrade every six months? Really?? Come on! Do "real people" actually do that?
I feel pretty comfortable with Debian stable and backports. I think it would help a lot if backports were supported "officially".
I always compare the situation to Windows. You practically never upgrade the OS there.