A bit of an overlap from some other common tumblr blogs, but hey, you manage sometimes.
His question to the audience was both interesting and enlightening. Choose the distro you have to tweak the least?
I tend to roll in the direction of installing distros without X, then constructing lists of packages I want and then creating one-line scripts that install it all (for example, sudo apt-get firefox fluxbox fluxconf wicd audacious). If I did it right, no configuration is necessary.
Then again, when WAS the last time I updated my OS?