GNOME 2.4!!!!!!!!!!! Gnome is my fav desktop manager. go get Fedora Core 1 (http://fedora.redhat.com
) It's RedHat's free open source version (It's like RH10) It's got all of the latest drivers/apps/all that other good stuff, it's the shiz. you should go d/l it right now
hahah Good luck.
If you're gonna partition your drive make sure your swap file is about 200 megs more than your total ram in your comp. It'll run so smooth.
are both really good sites for themes/bg/icons and that stuff, according to which dm you choose.
if you get fedora go to irc.freenode.net and go to #fedora, you can learn a TON of stuff there, and people there usually have an answer for any question out there