Hi all. I've been using Windows since 3.1 but I've been toying with Linux on and off for a year. I basically still feel like a newbie because I can't get Linux to do anything right. I'm pretty determined to one day drop Windows once I feel I really know what I'm doing in Linux.
I started on a preinstalled Gentoo system and LOVED it. But when I decided to install Gentoo myself, and realized just how abysmal the install process is, I began looking for new distros. I tried out Mandrake first. It's install is nice, but I ran into that little problem with there being no method of easy software installation. No portage and no apt-get. Dependency hell defeated my quickly.
I then moved on to Debian. But Debian didn't work for me either because it's install process failed repeatedly due to my bad internet connection. Also apt-get isn't as persistant is portage is. I currently use Knoppix every day at work, but that's no solution for my home computer's hdd. Currently, I'm running on another preinstalled Gentoo system at home. But if my Gentoo hard drive ever died on me, I'd _never_ be able to restore it because I tried three times to setup a Gentoo system and failed.
So I'm at a loss. I'm looking for a distro of Linux is that is easy to install but also has a good packaging system like Gentoo does. I'm also not too big on the bloatware-ish aspects of some of the more user friendly distros.
Considering that I like to do everything from the KDE/Gnome GUI (still can't decide which I like better
) and despise the console, what distro is right for me? Any advice is appreciated.