I have just installed the latest offering from red hat and im very impressed.
It did take a while about 45 mins but I basically got a system that is completly configured including all hardware, network and internet access.
I have found linux to be a real pain for modems and other hardware in the past but It seems that it is getting better.
The bluecurve desktop is very clean and wonderfully designed.
I was also amazed at the update process, before i even got to see a desktop i was prompted to install all the latest versions of the software I picked to install.
Go get it now for the bargain price of Nothing. I cant believe this product is completly free.
Respect going out to all the people who have put there time, effort and skills to good use.
This is highly recommended for first time linux users.