My "some experience" is six years old and however many versions of Red Hat and Suse that have gone by in that time. I'd rather wade in than be shoved overboard.
I eventually want to move to Slackware, as my understanding is that is the most flexible distro available. That said, I am not sure I'll be able to get my hardware all set up using it right from the word go. Hence, I'd rather use a more beginner friendly distro. I think I'll download Ubuntu and see whether I learn anything. If not, I'll pick up something a little more advanced.
Do you really believe that someone that used Suse and Redhat 6 years ago will be able to wrangle Slackware? If so, I might revisit my thinking. After all, ski instructors no longer teach the snow-plow...learn it correctly from the start is a valid approach in many things.
Edit - and yes, it is learning the inner workings that appeals to me. A considerable Linux knowledge is necessary to make it superior to Windows with my usage priorities. (1-gaming 2-Internet 3-Email 4-digital media and 5-productivity)
Well some things have changed since then, and others remain the same. Slackware still follows as close as it can to Unix(BSD). However if you have any doubts about going straight into Slackware, then its not going to hurt to use Ubuntu first. I'm sure after you use Ubuntu for a bit then some things will come back to you.
Originally Posted by KloroFormd
I forgot who recommended Sabayon Linux to me a few weeks ago, but I converted from an Ubuntu user to Sabayon once I gave it a go. I like the mindset the developers have in Sabayon, as it includes things that are useful, even if it makes Sabayon not 100% GPL. It includes MP3 playback, nVidia and ATI's binary drivers, flash player... All things that I had to manually add to Ubuntu, was already there.
I still don't care for those automated distros though.