Like this operating system for several reasons:
I do not have a computer with on-line internet access, this operating system is just about complete as is with ISO disk and also the Debian Operating System 3 ISO disks.
I have managed to manually install My Paint on AV and it works great. My interest are generally graphic arts and programs to help with my web site design (have my own on-line web site type of art gallery).
I am learning and using Blender a lot, also included with AV and find the .tar downloads for the latest versions work easily by placing them in the download directory into a folder and then extracting them at that location.
On reason I like AV and Debian together is that Debian which has a large amount of software you can install (through the Synaptic Package Manager and three iso burned discs) without an internet connection to the repository, Debian has just about everything available as open source software. One thing Debian does not include is a codec for playing more current DVD movies and TV series releases through VLC media player, although some older ones will work. Here AV Linux does have the necessary codec to watch retail bought current and older release DVDs on the VLC media player. There may be some package available to update the Debian operating system codec yet I have not been able to figure that one out yet, so AV does have this ability.
AV also includes Inkscape and GIMP, two programs I also use a lot for graphic arts. Like the program Clementine for listening to music placed on computer from CDs, tapes, and records I bought in the past that were converted to mp3 or WAV format. Audacity is helpful here for editing.
2016.8.30 works charming on HP Quadro with M-Audio M-Track at least when one uses this as a DAW-computer exclusively. I am not sure if it fits to day-to-day usage as well. I see absolutely no reason to upgrade to 2017.4.9. "Just do not touch, if it works". Especially taking into account, that 2017.4.9 is the first release which has PulseAudio within.