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Have you tried the *buntu's? (I personally don't like them but they are the most new user friendly, I guess.) There is Kubuntu for (KDE), Ubuntu (Gnome) and Xubuntu (XFCE) depending on which desktop environment you like.
I don't know much about slackware but I believe its one of the distros where you need to compile everything yourself... maybe you can install something like rpm for it, don't know.
If you are just starting out you probably want to start with a distro that has some decent package management so its easier to install software. Your choice may also depend on how easy it is to get your wireless set up. Just let everyone know what card you have and I'm sure some people will help.
Some distros to look at:
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu
Fedora uses the Gnome desktop by default while Slackware uses the KDE desktop by default. You are so far saying you like the look of the KDE desktop better than Gnome. KDE is available for Fedora.
Configuring a wireless card can be a pain. You will want to pursue this issue by posting what wireless card you have and what distribution you are using.
AFAIC the latest Slackware is very nice for anyone to use but will require more manual attention than some distributions. System configuration and maintenance are accomplished with different tools in Fedora or Slackware even when the same desktop is installed.
If you have room, why not run 2 different distributions and see which you like best and get configured for wireless first.
Last edited by 2damncommon; 01-19-2008 at 09:42 PM.