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Ive had it with redhat, it just seems like to much useless crap and the dam rpm never works right, endless dependency problems its much easier installing from command line. Im looking at Slack or some other smaller distro. but Redhat was ok to get familiar with linux.
I did the same, just about two weeks ago. I went to Mandrake, didn't like it (similar problems and it even started to freeze, the graphics was so slow etc).
Then I went to Slackware, Debian, SuSe (SuSe never found my net card so I could nto set it up). Slackware and Debian were fun, Slackware was really up-to-date and fast, but kinda hard to setup. Debian was kinda outdated.
I ended with Gentoo, which I just installed last night and today, and it is really great. I would definitely suggest that. Building it takes long time---even from stage 3. You must recompile EVERYTHING (almost), even kde, which alone takes like a day. But I had no problems building stuff here, as I had problems in every other distribution so far. And it is incredibly fast and nice, I really love it. I don't think it's any harder to install gentoo than anything else almost, just a little time consuming (but intellectually not too tough). read instructions on the net, that helps.
I use Redhat, but I don't use rpm anymore. Anytime I need a package, I get the tarball and compile it myself. I can't remember the last time I used rpm. I think it was to uninstall XFree 4.2 (from the Redhat disk) and install 4.3 (from tarballs). I've upgraded a major portion of the software I originally installed from the Redhat disk, including the kernel (going to 2.6!), X, Emacs, KDE (I really don't use it that much), and Mozilla.
If you've got i686 machine, go to Arch, its like Gentoo on steroids, much easier to setup and runs faster as well. Be warned though it wont run on anything less than i686. It's an awesome distro, still very beta, but I loved every minute of it.
I'll tell you, RedHat's GUI rpm tools are horrible. They always crash and don't work and everything that can go wrong will go wrong however; RedHat and Apt are a great combo. Installing packages was never easier.