I really appreciate the responses.
I made a move last year from RH 7.3 to WBEL 3 (a recompiled RHEL 3). It is stable, and has a pretty good set of default packages. I have two production machines and a developmental box. I may install Debian Sarge on the developmental machine, and get a more current package set. I figure I can set up a parallel install and see how it works.
We have a large userbase here, and changing settings in Adobe isn't going to be much good. I can check it on my laptop, but I need to have the same install as the rest of the faculty/students or I won't catch problems after upgrades.