I saw that Fedora 8 was just released, and the feature list looks interesting. It has been a long time since I've used a Red Hat/Fedora distro (I used Red Hat 8 and 9, and the first couple of Fedora Core releases). I've been so happy with both Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server that I haven't really kept up with other distros (the polar opposite of my previous approach of habitual distro jumping).
Anyone using Fedora 8? I'd like to hear your opinion on it if you are.
Also, my more general secondary question to the other Linux users, what has your distro history been? Played with any obscure distros?
I can't remember everything I used, but I recall using Red Hat 6.1 and Slackware 4.0 back in 1999. I bounced between them for a while. I would try SuSE every major release a few times, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0... always impressed with a nice default install, only to later tear my hair out over package management that was uncooperative. Also tried Mandrake, which installed every package on earth by default.
I used Debian a bit, but quickly abandoned it due to ancient package repositories. Before Ubuntu, I tried a number of Debian-based distros with more up-to-date offerings and tweaks - I remember Libranet, which isn't around anymore, and MEPIS, which is.
But before Ubuntu, the distro I ended up using for a long time was Gentoo. It wasn't really the geek pride of building everything from source (which was handy at times, though!) or the tiny performance benefit of doing so. Instead, it was the ease of installing "non-free" packages, which weren't banished from the main repository (I imagine the fact that they weren't pre-built binaries had something to do with that). Other than long, long, looooong build times, and a ridiculously involved install process back in the 1.4 beta 2 days, Gentoo was nice.
Then, finally, Ubuntu. The initial release, 4.10, got me to try it and keep an eye on it, but not yet divorce from Gentoo. Then with 5.04 and 5.10, it became permanent. The advent of Server Edition meant I could finally lose Gentoo from my server too (Portage made for easy package management over ssh, and Gentoo's lean default install made a simple "server" build easy).