Been an avid Linux man since around 2002, though I've had my ups and downs (mostly downs) with the MicroSoft world as well. Been through almost all versions of Fedora, as I love cutting edge and technology in general. Once you get used to the CL, Fedora is really a lot of fun and the options and possibilities have just got to be in the millions.
I was once a proponent of VectorLinux too, but as a newbie no one told me the difference between a final stable and a beta or release-candidate. The vector I used at that time crashed big-time and I was not ever able to get it up again, so I cleaned the drive, added more drives and went back to playing with Fedora. I've also had fun in downloading many different distros and playing with them too. Loved DSL (Damn Small Linux), Sabayon, and a few others. Even tried clustering a few old PC's (we won't go there, OK?!) and experimenting with Xen and VMWare. That's still one of my favorite things to do and look forward to my next machine with CentOS as a base and several Linux'es in guest domains.
Currently I'm running VectorLinux 6.0-Standard on a 2-1/2 yr-old HP/Compaq laptop - Intel Centrino 1.73ghz, 512MBs DDR2, 15" screen and a DVD player that burns CDs (courtesy K3B). A friend here told me about VCL Player and my media will never be the same. I've got DVD playback, MP3's and OGG files, Flash, can ply Windows Media files and more. This is by far the best PC I have ever owned.
Have KOffice, Kontact, Plato, Quanta++ (for web development), Latest FireFox & Thunderbird (though I prefer KMail), StreamTuner, GIMP, Pidgin and more. Am still trying to get Skype on here but am rusty on Vector's running of Bash. Things do not always work as I want them too. Any help with this would be appreciated.
Also a word about WiFi on Linux (vECTOR IN PARTICULAR)- absolutely a dream. I use it at the Library, at college, McDonalds and even in some parks and bus depots. How cool is that?! I mean I currently DO NOT pay for internet; there's no need to. WicD works everytime... finds the broadcasts, organizes them, gives me Config options, and with the click of one button, I'm surfing.
Anyway, I'm in Clearwater, Fl., and am having a blast down here with other Linux enthusiasts and sometimes I make it to the beach. Will be moving there soon. So, All of you guys just starting with Open Source, hang in there. You've got it a LOT easier than us older hands had it. Keep up with the forums and newsletters, and when you get a chance... laugh at the pitfalls and mishaps of the Bill-Gateans, OK?! Later............................................!