Let's start by saying I hope this is the right place for this - if not then please can a Mod relocate to a better place.
So here's the story: I've just been gifted an old Dell Tower. It's about 7 years old with what was an OK Pentium at the time, it's got about 2 gigs of ram and a 250 gig hard disk and an X1100 ATi (I think) gpu.
Currently it has Vista installed but it seems to me that it could be an interesting basis for a project. Now I'm thinking Fedora is the way to go - but bear in mind I'm not an expert at Linux. I'm ok getting a system up and running and most stuff installed but I do that mostly by following guides like the Nvidia guides here, and using Dangermouse's AutoPlus to install codecs etc.
I can edit stuff, and I can mostly do what needs to be done but the more complex tasks take me a while and if I ask for help and somebody rattled off a solution it'll generally take me a good couple of hours to decipher what I've been told
So ... I've got this box floating around. I currently have two towers at home, one is Win 7 for gaming, the other is Fed 17 Mate for everything else and I use CentOS at work. What I want is some kind of project that will give me a better understanding of things linux and I'd like to stick with the RH fork of Linux... and absolutely avoid Gnome 3.
Suggestions welcome and TIA!