OK, the time has come for me to get involved with Linux. :-) Thing is, there are so many variants out there, and I want to know which to go for. This is what I want to do:-
1) Firstly, I want to be able to dual-boot into it. I want choice of Windows as well. I would be happy to create partitions, one for each, but then what will come with a boot manager that will help me out?
2) I need a variant that is up for running busy HTTP and FTP servers, and that would be secure from the outside world.
3) I need to learn some of the advanced stuff about Linux. I've done lots of Perl scripting, which should help me a bit, and I understand the CHMOD stuff......what I want is access to the harder stuff as well as the pretty interface (though I don't care if it ain't too pretty!).
4) I would much prefer it if it was one of those free distributions that I can FTP to my machine and burn images for.
So, what would anyone consider the best choice? I like the look or Redhat so far. It looks to do what I want, but any red herrings I should be aware of there?
Thanks a lot!