^^Refer to the post above^^
Dude go slack, you'll never go back You'll be hooked on Slack for life, especially if you've already experienced, first hand, the tragedy that is known as redhat. Or go Debian (deb packages are easy as hell to install)

http://www.debian.org/distrib/
http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
If you are really a linux newbie like you said, then I suggest reading the installation manuals before doing anything else.
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