Only Microsoft Windows has a longer and less predictable release cycle, but the release of "Etch" is still big news for freedom lovers everywhere. It's not the ideal newbies operating system, but if you know what you want in a system, and want to customise yours precisely to your liking, Debian is a good place to start. Also if (like me) your livelihood depends on a stable, secure operating system you can't go past Debian. I've been using Etch since January on one of my web servers, and it's been running like a dream, precisely as you would expect from Debian.
Being included in a stable Debian release also confers an aura of trustworthiness over free software projects, and this release sees packages like OpenOffice.org 2, GNOME 2.14, KDE 3.5, PHP 5, and MySQL 5, enter the boringly reliable stage of their lives.
Also included in this release is the very familiar-looking Iceweasel web browser, thanks to the Mozilla project's misguided trademark policy, along with Icedove and Iceape.