I'm a South African sysadmin living in Dubai. I run RHEL/CENTOS on the server, however I am not a RH fan for personal use (RPM and dependencies is the major source of my pain).
I had tried PCLinuxOS, found it to be a great distro, but still RPM-based and a source of frustration despite the fact that it is so simple, mature and functional otherwise.
I was about to go with Ubuntu 7.04 on my laptop (My only issue with Ubuntu being I don't like Gnome, much prefer KDE, and would have switched. However I know XP well and prefer that even more, being clumsy at the Linux GUIs, but very comfortable at the command line), but I stumbled upon a mention of Pardus the same day. The next day it was running on my laptop and it is perhaps the best Linux experience I have had since I first discovered Slackware all those many years ago.
I have some questions to post in the forum (current ones centre around managing startup scripts from the command line), but I look forward to getting very comfortable with Pardus. I loved its package management. I installed literally in SECONDS what had taken me several hours of frustration over 4 days with RPM dependency issues just to get some simple software installed.
I was hooked from that point
On my HP laptop hardware support has been flawless. Connection to the net and LAN has been a breeze. Not a single hiccup yet.
Well done on a great Linux distribution. I'm sure your approach, methods and philosophy will soon find its way into other distributions.