When I was a kid, I was an heavy computer user (not as hardcore as firewing1 though) and always had a fascination for linux. I remember when a friend installed Redhat on his pc, we just had to go to his home and check it out - he didn't last much on Rh though, a week later was back in windows - we were also heavy gamers and the linux desktop had several problems then.
Unlike my friend i hadn't a computer for myself and It was forbidden to install any other OS on the family computer than windows. So i gave use to VMware and played mostly with mandrake (mandrake sounded cool), lately I actually installed it on P-200Mhz and let it be unused with all it's slowness.
My real attempts with linux started when i got a laptop for college (4 years ago). I promptly installed Slackware 10 (slackware sounds cool and was hardcoreal - it was more of an I use linux thing so I'm cooler than you). Slack gave me problems - sound had to be set up the touchpad didn't work and before i knew it i was compiling and having headaches with dependencies and editing xorg.conf. Left slack, tried mandrake (again) touchpad and sound worked out of the box but it was slower than windows.so I tried debian which at that time went into a loop in grub and wouldn't boot.
I actually tried gentoo I was having problems with network - in gentoo the network actually worked but I couldn't install it. I actually stopped at an distro called yoper which I thin was based on fedora (not sure) it worked ok... at least if you didn't update it. I drop it and got back to windows.
A couple of years late I got the linux bug again and tried fedora and I loved it from the first moment - install was easy, sound, touchpad, network, worked out of the box - We are talking Fc5 here, and I'm currently single booting fedora and downloading F8 T3 as I type.
My girlfriend decided to come over to the linux side after a virus destroyed all of her work. We tried fedora but she didn't like it. Tried kubuntu she liked it, I didn't maybe it was because of Kde... Nevertheless the sudo thing doesn't make sense- to think that you can simply boot as root with no password asked :\
The reason my gf didn't liked fedora and currently is trying to migrate from kunbuntu to something else is because she has the gift to destroy an OS, any OS in a way that it easily to reinstall than to clean the mess... I can't really clean the mess because she can't explain me what happened.
Tried debian 4 on her computer network install doesn't work if you don't select the proper mirror. I got no sound and someway Selinux is killing my root privileges - and messing with selinux on debian isn't as easy as in fedora-I just haven't the patience to figure it out. 3 things I loved about debian: 1-synaptic 2-Su - terminal 3- their password policy (you type the root pass once and you have the option to keep it during all of the session).
Tried PClinuxOS - the md5 is ok, I burned it at 4x and still I have a bad media.
Well F8-t3 has just came out of the burner, time to give her a new taste of fedora.