Mandriva Linux 2009 Release Candidate 2 (Gnome)
Kubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 (using KDE 4.1.1). This time, it's the Gnome window manager and this is the last development release before the final version hit the download mirrors on the 9th of October 2008. Hopefully they've got everything right and there won't be many changes between this version and the final one.
I downloaded the Mandriva Linux 'One' version (full filename: mandriva-linux-one-2009-rc2-GNOME-int-cdrom-i586.iso), which acts as a Live CD (this loads the distribution into memory, allowing you to try out the distribution before installing to your hard drive) as well as the installation CD.
Ahh the first boot into the new system. Everything looks like the Live CD apart from a few new desktop icons. A quick snoop around showed that the Nvidia proprietary drivers (version 177.70) were automatically installed - good thing I'm not a strict “Open source or DIE” kind of person. Mandriva gets top marks here since you can install the distro and get straight to gaming with minimal fuss.