About Fedora: In my experience, Fedora Core 1 is a fine and stable release. The incorporation of the "yum" package utility has probably been the most important improvement for me, as it has removed most of the dependency hell which used to be associated with Red Hat Linux. I agree that FC 2 will have to be treated with great caution because it introduces several very invasive changes, and because the reviews of the first two beta releases haven't been very reassuring.
About Debian: Any recommendation of Debian should be accompanied with two warnings, in my opinion:
1) Debian still doesn't make much use of package signatures, as far as I can see. This means that it's uneasy to verify that a package is really a genuine Debian package.
2) Due to the conservative nature of Debian, the support for new hardware is rather poor in Debian (I was recently hit by this on some servers which weren't even that exotic).
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