The evolution of Mandriva, or is that Mandrake...? I'm not sure, But I know I find it easy to use and easy to configure. http://mageia.org/en/
From web browsing, file managing, database and/or presentations, to spread-sheets with graphs. It's all here. "Back-up able" and "recoverable". tip; use a filesystem that is recoverable, encrypted or not.
You can decide on a media centric install, or a web-media (rss-wget-rsync) centric, maybe a science centric install......?GlennsPref@gmail.com
Works for me ;) GW