Hear, Hear! I'll second that sentiment. Try Fedora, CentOS, Knoppix, Kanotix, or PCLinuxOS first. Get your feet wet. Learn command-line operations, as well as application installation from GUI and command-line installation techinques. Give yourself a few months with less demanding distros before you take the dive off the high board.
You'll thank yourself later. Then try Gentoo. That will get you excited.
Then look toward Slackware or Linux From Scratch to really cut your teeth.
(notice from my profile that I haven't made it there yet).
Last edited by bigrigdriver; 02-14-2008 at 10:24 PM.