Best polished distro for a (to be former) Arch user
So here we go, an Arch user actually needs some guidance for choosing the next GNU/Linux distribution to use. Yes, that too can happen.
I've been using Arch for months and I've been loving most of it. What led me to Arch was a search for a distribution where I would be in total control over everything, which would allow me to easily install software from source as well as binary packages and have both be nicely dealth with by the package manager that deals with dependancies. I also wanted speed, latest software updates and simple configuration files.
However, after some time I am realizing that some of these things may not be exactly what I need, at least not anymore. Most of the time I just installed precompiled packages anyway, using Arch Build System through aurbuild only to build packages for software which wasn't available from precompiled repositories, so this particular thing doesn't appear to be all that necessary anymore. If a distro has all the packages I need, I'll never really feel the need to compile myself.
Speed is also relative. Arch boots and runs very fast, but when you don't reboot your computer very often I gotta face the fact it doesn't matter all that much. And running speed very much depends on the desktop environment/window manager or the amount of background applications you're running, no matter which distro it is. As for simple configuration scripts, who needs those if you've got frontends to them? Besides, I haven't really used them all that much anyway. Only one I really benefit off is .xinitrc in my home dir, but that is, again, standard across all distros.
And then we come to having full control over what happens and does that really matter for me? If it doesn't, then it pretty much becomes a burden. Having to set up everything yourself is something one would call having control and other would call an innefficiency. I am lately moving more to the latter. I am starting to like the whole "just works" concept. In fact I always did to an extent. I want a CD automounted when I insert it. I want printer to just work. I don't want to spend more than I have to on setting all these things up myself. Who's gonna care that I know how to do this anyway, if I don't care so much anymore? It might just be more productive to use this time for something more interesting than having to set up these rather mandatory things.
And this leads me to my search for the next distribution, a more polished one, a distro that aims to "just work". I'm seriously starting to consider Ubuntu, but since everybody uses that and I want to consider other options that could compare, I'm asking a question: What do you think is in your opinion the best polished GNU/Linux distro in terms of speed/performance, stability and latest software updates?
What would you choose if you were a former Arch user?