XUbuntu 8.10 ..
it has almost everything that one need to continue work..
AbiWord can the file as *.odt , *.doc and many more..
it has image editor ( GIMP 2.1.6)
it can also browse youtube after updating the Adobe Flash plugin..
it has thunderbird..for mail client..
for me the above was essential enough..
p/s : what else holding you ..then? keep up the good work..!