Short of building an LFS system (doable but time consuming) and ignoring, debian, ubuntu, suse and mandrake. What would people suggest as a linux distro for the following tasks: Web browsing with firefox, Emailing with thunderbird, Development with RoR (I want to learn this for company stuff cos everything PHP so far falls short - considered django but it's a pain to get going on a box) Caveats: Must work with an ATI radeon hd2900XT without making my screen turn on and off every 2 seconds, and my Asus Xonar D2 which I found out is a relabelled CMI8788 Oxygen HD audio processor that Asus bought exclusive rights to. I admin linux servers daily so techy distro's aren't a problem. The ones I've tried so far are irritatingly counter-intuitive for desktop use IMO. Also *BSD is an option too if it works with aforementioned hardware. It's come to this or getting a Mac Mini.