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Beginner distro - Mandrake, SuSE or Red Hat
Server - Debian
Firewall - BBI Agent
The point being, everyone has their favourite distro and after you've sorted that out then there's another war between the users of the KDE desktop and the users of Gnome. Just to complete the set you can watch the arguments between the users of Vi and EMACS if you get bored <sss>.
Try one. If you don't like it then move on and try another because nobody will mind. When you find a distro you like settle down with a good book and look around for a while, try things out, and don't forget that if you get stuck then feel free to ask for help.
Which really is the beauty of linux. I mean, in windows, if you dont' like the way some portion of the window manager you're using, you can just switch to...oh wait. No. You can't make any choices in windows.
This is what also scares the bejeus out of me and gets annoying about linux, too, because getting shit to work often takes more effort than I'd like it to.
Still, I got sick of stealing, and I abosolutely refuse to give bill gates money, so...
I bought me some linux.
If you're new, try Lycoris. Its pretty sweet. Just remember: if you've got onboard sound and a soundcard, disable the onboard sound in bios first. Also, dlink wireless doesn't work.
Thats the thing. It all personal opinion. There IS no uber disto which is the s*** because if there was, everyone would use it. As it is, most people love slackware but that is their opinions, many other love their distos just as passionately.
To know what disto you like, its what you are and what you like doing that affects it. You have to decide, get a bunch of distos and try them all, and settle for the one you like the best.