Midnight Commander is sweet and very powerful indeed.
Composer, hehe, well, I really don't use it much. *I tend to write html with a text editor becuase it is easy. *I've plyed with Composer and tested it to see if it could be used to make w3c valid pages, and it does. *I wanted to get familiar enough with to be able to recommend it to newbies. *I think I feel compfortable to do that now; however, if you have seen my website and understand the design philosophy, then you can see that any text editor (like mcedit *;D) is just fine. *
I do like NEdit still. *It is a very nice editor with great features. *The only real problem I have with it is that it has to run in X. *I really prefer console mode editors over X editors. *Also I find the key bindings in mcedit to be more effective and easier to use than NEdit.
The main thing is that I live in MC anymore. *Desktop One is a maximized RXvt with MC running in it, and I work from the MC CLI. *The nice integration of mcedit makes it perfect for me.
As to changing from Mandrake, well, the thought does cross my mind from time-to-time, though if I do it would be to Slack, Debian, *BSD or LFS. *But I am a bit lazy, and the 'Drake has yet to let me down.