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I'd reccomend taking a look at ubuntu. You can download it or they'll send you a free cd. You can run the livecd distribution without disturbing anything and then install it if you like it. Check it out at http://www.ubuntulinux.org
It ran and set itself up quite nicely on my computer. The only problem I had was with my adsl connection but that was a nightmare on anything I tried.
I suggest you try it out just to see if you like it. It'll also give you a good feel for gnome (while most distros excluding redhat use kde). Hope that helps you some!
Mandrake and redhat are easy, i never tried Suse my first distro was redhat 7.2 but the two distros that gave me the best learning experience were Slackware and Gentoo so if you want to learn i recommend these two if you want to use it like you used to do with M$ Windooowz try Mandrake