I've been pretty bored with microsoft for awhile. And since I have to use MS operating systems at work all the time, it makes it even more boring. I've decided to learn something new. And from what I've read, I'd like to learn about linux. So... My question is, which flavor do any of you reccomend I start with. I'm trying out redhat right now. The only thing I've gotten stuck on so far was that I couldn't get rid of the boot loader(grub) that I installed. I figured it out, though. Anyway have a bunch of thick books for SuSe, Slackware, and RedHat 7.2 and I'd like to know the best place I could start. Also, which gui would any of you reccomend (kde, gnome, any others).

thanks in advance.