I recently ran into trouble when installing Debian on a netbook. There were three major hardware/kernel issues that I didn't feel like fixing, and since every single forum/wiki writeup reported the exact same problems with very few easy solutions, I decided to try something new.
So I just tried every distro I could get my hands on, hoping to find one that would work more or less perfectly out of the box.
To my surprise, the latest version of openSUSE works flawlessly and runs about as fast as Debian.
Unfortunately, many packages that are standard in Debian-based systems are not even installed by default in openSUSE. The repository of available software is depressingly small.
Is there any way I can get around this? Build a Debian-based system on top of the out-of-the-box kernel setup from a totally unrelated distro?