Originally Posted by Zelator
If you want to learn about Linux then Slackware seems to be the classic. If you want an OS you can just install and use, then Ubuntu/Kubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora seem to be the front-runners.
I'd agree with that, When I changed to Linux, I went with Slackware on the basis that it didn't do most things automatically for me, I had to learn how to do it from the command line, how configure wireless, install programs, update graphics drivers etc.
It was confusing, took a lot of time, had a lot of failures & problems, did a couple of reinstalls to fix problems I couldn't solve by repair, but well worth the time spent.
Once I'd got some experience of that I changed over to Ubuntu to make life easier in that I didn't have to spend as much time solving problems or how to do things, I just wanted to be able to use the system rather than spend time tinkering.
I still keep a Slackware box for tinkering & learning, but my day to day machine is Ubuntu.
The other thing I found best was to go for a Linux only machine, no dual boot, I had other machines so I could fall back on them for use while I was getting things working, I decided that if I had a dual boot setup,if I hit a problem or got disillusioned, I'd end up going back to Windows on that machine which I didn't want to do. If I wanted to change it was all or nothing on that machine.