Originally I was told to run Gentoo then later that I should run Debian instead. Both from what I understand were good distro's with some differences. I however had no luck getting Debian (3.0 RC4) to work on my system properly, couldn't get into KDE, wasn't able to locate network card, etc.
My friend had an old version of Red Hat 8.0 so we used it instead. It had a very easy to understand install and everything went great the first time. My limited experience with Linux has been with Red Hat so when it came to using everything it was familar. Now I've been looking more into things I found that 8.0 is really old and that any future versions of Red Hat now basically cost as your paying for Support and not the Linux (hhmm sounds familar of Microsoft saying your not purchasing the software just the license but I won't get into that
Now I don't exactly understand what people mean when they say it is outdated and I should upgrade. I mean what exactly am I missing out on by not upgrading?
To explain a little more of what I use my system for it is mainly to learn about Linux, Java as well as administrating and running web pages. I also use it to store files and backup things on the network and as a game server. So nothing really fancy or big. I believe I'm fine sticking with what I'm currently using but I'm just curious on when people say I should upgrade, just what exactly does upgrading get me?