Hello from an oldie/newbie.
My name is Foster. I'm 32 yr old male techie from Chicago (US). I just got back into Linux after taking many years off, but I first started using Linux nearly 10 years ago! My distro of choice is Slackware 12.0, which I could not have set up so nicely if not for this site!
Here is my *nix usage timeline:
1998-2001 RedHat 4-6.2
2001-2006 Solaris 2.x-10 (the dark ages!)
2007- (K)ubuntu 7.04, openSUSE 10.2, Debian 4.0r1, Slackware 12.0
After trying out a few of the modern distros to get back into the swing of things, I decided upon Slackware. I really, really liked openSUSE a lot (especially YaST), but ultimately decided to distance myself due to the recent Novell controversy.
I have two main goals with Linux, split by timeframe: First, I want to fill in the blanks of my knowledge about Linux, GNU tools, K, etc. and also set up a killer desktop/development config. Later on, I'd like to develop some web apps and tune up some test and deployment servers for it to run on. Because Slackware is one of the best systems to learn on AND also has a reputation of being rock solid, it is probably a good fit for the long haul.
Thanks for reading,