wheel - 12:05 am on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
All linxu versions have their idiosyncracies :). I,like graeme, am on Mandriva for historical reasons. New folks are probably better off on the more popular ubuntu.
Mandriva installs like a dream for me - because I know the idiosyncracies. When I run into a roadbump in many cases it's an instant fix (because at some point in the last 10 years I've spent a day on the problem).
Mandriva does install and run pretty straightforward. But I'm trying to get asterisk running on it right now, and it's like nobody at mandriva ever actually tried installing and running it :).