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Fedora is an RPM distro, which in my experience, RPMs work better with desktops and servers than laptops (which may need wireless support, and proprietary software). If you are experienced with Fedora and want to continue using RPM package management, then PClos is a very stable distro to get more comfortable with RPMs. With laptops, you'll probably be loading drivers and different wireless applets to connect with. I have found the Synaptic application which comes with Debian distos to be the best package management GUI when dealing with dependency issues. Great starter distros are Pardus, Mepis, and Mint. Once you are familiar with a Debian system, then install Debian, but you will need to familiarize yourself with the command line to install proprietary software, whereas with the starter distros, most common applications are already to go out of the box. Pardus is great for connecting your laptop to wireless networks, and has a custom script GUI to handle many wireless cards out of the box.