Maybe it was just me, but I had some issues with Zenwalk 5.0.0. My generic resolution would not behave properly - even with VESA 1024x768. Also, LILO went wonky on me - first time ever to have that problem. I had to Boot & Nuke that drive to get back to normal. For me, Zenwalk was disappointing even though I really had high hopes for it. Maybe the 5.0.1 is much better. I probably will not attempt it, but I do hope others will share their experience.
Still, out of all my test drives, Mint is my favorite for reasons far too numerous to mention, but in this forum, you already know the many benefits of Mint. I do like openSUSE, but the questionable political ramifications cooking up with Novell do shadow that community. It is a top-notch, full-meal deal distro, and certainly worth the hours it takes to get up and running.
In the past month, the only distro I have been installing has been Linux Mint 4 GNOME. Once I show the Mint Live CD, everything else pales in comparison. It is refreshing to have a completely updated and fully-functional system up, running, and out the door in under two hours.
Now, I have toyed with Mandriva. Oh yeah, names are being taken for sure. Also, I cannot wait to see the Gold Master of openSUSE 11 hit the torrents. Yes, exciting times.