Hi Big Dan,
I'm new here as well and am looking forward to interacting with KH community.Hopefully, you guys can look over my shoulder a little while I gain some VPS experience.
Speaking of Linux, I tried many distros in my early days and finally settled on Fedora Core 5. I'm currently using F18 and have been very happy with my Fedora experience. I use LWM and MATE, which has been stable as a rock in F18. I'm not a fan of Gnome3 and its various incarnations.
Most of us at the office run F18 with KDE, and I must say I've been fairly disappointed with it really. I have horrible locking up issues with KDE over time. Right after a reboot, it's blazing fast - but after a day or two of solid online time (or even just sitting overnight) it will start lagging out. Restart X fixes it.
I *think* knock on wood that the update to KDE 4.10 a few nights ago might have resolved this though. I left my desktop running over the weekend and aside from Chrome being locked up this morning, it was running smoothly. I finally dropped Chrome this morning and installed Chromium though and from what I've heard it doesn't have near as many issues as Chrome.
At home I've finally given in to our Arch junkie (Luke) and installed it in a VM. I'm getting close to dropping Windows completely I think, I just can't bring myself to doing it. Yet.