so i did mandrake back in the day, but left it bc i was getting free ms software from my univ. as my free ms software ended and the upcoming palladium bs in ms software, i started looking again towards linux. i went to suse bc thats what we used at work. then with the new servers we got rh4e with rhn (which i thought was awesome). after not having a rhn license, rh had nothing going for it on my home box. i switched to gentoo bc i heard about the amazingness of portage (dependencies in rh were driving me nuts).
2 months after still not having time to set my gentoo box up to be customized fully, and lots of stuff still broken, i checked out (g)ubuntu.
i just have to say wow. so much stuff works straight out of the box (mouse scroll, resolution changes for playing movies on my tv, automounting of cds). wow. in about 3 hrs (with install), using the ubuntu starter guide, i got most of the stuff working to full capacity as i want it.
im seriously impressed.
thanks team ubuntu for such an awesome distro. no offense to gentoo. it's an awesome os. i just dont have hrs upon hrs anymore to dedicate to setting up a box.