Since this is the newbie forum I won't appologize for what may be considered a stupid question...
I haven't used any Linux distro in a very long time, so I'm basically a total newbie. That said I'm a very competant computer user and I'm not afraid to do anything with any OS, as long as I can find some documentation.
I'm looking to set up a Linux system to accomplish two goals. First, I want to learn the OS for fun and so that I have experience with it if I need it in the future.
Second, I've spent a number of years doing web development off an on, but the last significant work I've done was with ASP running on Microsoft platforms. I want to build a system where I can play around with setting up a personal website using phpNuke (or something similar), MySQL, phpBB, etc. in preparation for building an online community website in the future.
I'd like to find a distro that will be userfriendly enough that I can get it up and running and start learning my way around without beating my head against too many walls just trying to do simple things, but I also want it to be a stable platform for a web development system so that I can use the same distro if I build a web server later on.
I've played around with Redhat 9 and it seems nice, but since it's not going to be supported I don't want to get too used to it.
Last, one of the most important things to me is being able to find documentation and support through a user community for the OS, since I'm a total newbie I'll need it a lot, and I don't want to frustrate myself trying to get help where there is little to be found.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!