Upon asking of the guru at the local community college what the best distro was, he responded, "Installing Slackware is good for the soul."
Yes, yes it is.
I have been running Slackware now (installed 12.0 last night) for a few years. Until the first day of a class entitled "Intro to Unix" I had no idea Linux even existed. I was a willing and faithful Luser, and daily spread the word of the absolute superiority of the Micro$haft product line and wished they would come out with Windows BP (Brain Pan edition) so I could even dream in M$.
The first thing our instructor showed us was "ls|less" and I instantly fell head over heels in love with the system. I had longed for the command line I remembered from my early days of computing, and didn't even know it. I remembered well a time when there was no such thing as Windows and a Commodore 64 was a marvel of technological genius beyond my immature conception. I missed the days of hacking start up scripts and abusing memmaker in order to squeeze a few more K of conventional memory so I could get the game du jour to run...
Long story short, here I am today and, having used this resource more than once, I have finally registered.
You know what's fun? Being able to factually state, "My computer hasn't crashed in three years." Boy, the Winblow$ users really cringe at that one.