Ge sorry dud, didn't mean to sound so harsh i just get irritated when redhat users accuse Mandrake of being crap when most of the time they have never even used it. Which is what i concluded from you comment when you said quote "it would not install any RPM's".
But in general for a desktop user at home Mandrake and Suse are the best distribution. Anyone who says anything thing else is either using redhat for a server and finds it easier. Or is just plane in love with redhat and will not except that there are other distributions which are probably more ideal.
I am not saying it's the best distribution for everything, redhat and suse are probably the best choice for servers. But Mandrake is probably the best choice for home users. And also what i have found, it is better for autoconfiguring with kickstart.
But if you do not believe me buy a copy of Linux Magazine issue #39, February 2004 Cover theme: Full Distro Test. This has an absolutely grate comparisons between them all, and you can make you own choices as when it comes down to it, they are all the same just having a different look and feel.