I just installed Slackware 9.1 on my main box (Win2K was getting buggy as anything) and it's pretty much blowing me away - its fast, very fast. It's also forcing me to learn about compiling programs and generally how Linux works - there's no RPM's or anything to make life easy.
If you have a few days spare, you might want to try Gentoo 1.4 I tried that this weekend and it literally took 2 days just to get to a command prompt - thats why I ended up with Slackware - took 30 minutes to get up and running
I will try your suggestions. I am always up for learning something new.
I may re-install something newer anyway, though.
I have always liked Red Hat, because I am an eye-candy sucker -- Yes, shamefully I confess. Hey, I have even come to like the Fisher-Price look of XP. The GUIs for a lot of Linux distributions have looked really crappy -- I know that the visual appearance of the GUI has little or nothing to do with an OS's stability, security, etc., but.... Red Hat has always looked so nice.
If you have a few days spare, you might want to try Gentoo 1.4 I tried that this weekend and it literally took 2 days just to get to a command prompt
Any first time gentoo installer should use the stage3 with the Gentoo Refrence Platform you should be up and running in about an hour. Honestly it is a waste The first time to try any other stage unless you are used to setting cflags. The first time I installed Gentoo I didnt change anything in my make.conf except -march=pentium3.
It really is the best distro that I have tried so far, It may take alot of time for the inital install but after that it is actually quicker for me to compile the source than to search ftp mirror after ftp mirror for some dependency RPM.