Hi there. I'm not trying to flame, annoy, or anything else. This is an honest question and I know that the Ubuntu community is great, so I hope that you can help me.
Anyway, I want to switch distros and am hoping that you can advise me on a good one to switch to. Below I list the things that I like and dislike about Ubuntu.
Free (and gratis) software
Synaptic/Easy package management
Excellent and friendly community
Drivers for up-to-date hardware
6-month release cycle
No security updates in that cycle (that is, I don't get real up to date software until the next update)
Unity (I think that Canonical is going to start focusing too much on Unity on various platforms and too little on the Desktop)
General "Jazz" of the new releases
Ubuntu One/having social networking forced on me
So, I guess what I am looking for is a distro that is equally friendly and usable, but requires system updates less frequently. Also, I would very much like updates for the *packages* more frequently, so that I get security updates for important things as they arrive. For example, I don't want to be on Firefox 6 when Firefox 8 was released two weeks ago. I do not want a rolling release; stability is very important to me. Also, I really don't want anything that is corporatized. If all else fails, I would be willing to go for a rolling release, but I would call myself on a scale of 1 to 10 perhaps a 6 in terms of my Linux knowledge. (Have worked with it, have a BSCS, but not too much).
Thanks for the help!