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Picking a distro...that's easy to learn, and can teach me the basics

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Ok, I've been rumbling thru distros like mad lately, but one has captured me somewhat, pclinuxos. But I'm not sure if its a newbie linux or not. I don't like suse, because it doesn't teach you anything, it leads you everywhere. I'm lookin for a distro that works flawlessly in the beginning...but has the headroom to customize whenever I need to. Ubuntu used to do this for me, but due to this stupid SB Live! 24-bit, it's been an ass, not giving me any sound output at all. I'm a gnome guy, I like the interface, I like the way it runs. KDE is a pos IMO, I don't like it at all, so if you have a distro for me, let it be gnome by default, or have an option to pick gnome right off or something. I'm thinking about installing mandriva/mandrake, since its somewhat like pclinuxos, since its based off of mandrake. Well, start suggesting folks!
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I am using Fedora Core 4 right now and comes with KDE and Gnome...I have not found any real problems with it yet except for the same sound card issue with the SB Audigy...Creative does not seem to have linux drivers for this either...Fedora core 4 also comes with a TON of Office software and Dev software...
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Ok dude, have I got something for you Mandriva 2006. I swear the sound works like a charm, and its amazing. everything worked out of the box and it has a pretty easy to use setup. I picked gnome, but you can add Icewm, kde, and a bunch of other environments like windowmaker, enlightenment, etc. BEFORE you ever setup the os. just download the free version....and don't expect to get support from mandriva's people unless you spend like 66 bucks a year but that's ok, you can be resourceful and get around their crap For example, firefox said it needed flashplayer 7. I have to manually download it, and mandriva takes me to their site, to the download link for flash player 7. You have to sign up to download it! BUT...to get around that...you just go to macromedia.com, and download flash 7 and install it yourself LOL.
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