You made a good choice. VL is not just fast, it's easy to set up and the "system gurus" have a clear understanding of what real quality assurance is all about. Things work out of the box. If the folks at Zen Linux focused on their QA like the VL folks do they would have a real nice distro - but like so many distros, if you hit a problem, or something doesn't cooperate with everything else you need to be a real expert or be ready to do a lot of reading. As an "old" computer scientist, I am past proving how smart I am, and just want stuff to install and run without any drama. Vector does this. I still run Debian (now Linux Mint Debian Edition, for the Cinnamon interface) or Slackware on my big, multi-processor machines that I use for audio and video production, but am seriously considering trying Vector on one of them just for the raw speed! For many everyday tasks I have totally switched to Vector because it's so fast and clean, and find myself using it more and more. After 3 years of use I am now confident that Vector can handle any task and is worthy and safe for "production" machines where $$$$ is on the line. In the computer biz, that confidence is the ultimate compliment! You have chosen a great platform to really learn Linux. Keep your terminal open, and use it - that's where the real power of Linux is kept. Good luck!