Slackware! I think you've had enough time with the n00b distros, you can safely jump into the dark world of Slack and in a short time have a great running system. If you aren't wanting to do that, out of the 2 you have up there I always say Mandrake. Works great for n00bs, comes default with ALSA, very easy to run server programs on, is very "standard" in placing scripts (even has a rc.local
) and also does a great job with dependencies using urpmi. And the best thing about Mandrake... I run it to help people.
So when you get stuck I'll be happy to help out.