For a second there I thought that someone had finally invented the tricorder.
Actually, Mepis was the first distro I tried. For whatever reason, no matter how much I (figuratively) banged my head against the wall to get it to work, I, a mere end-user, just couldn't. Ubuntu was my last shot at a Linux distro and it's been golden.
When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.