In my algorithms class I have a need to crunch a major amount of data. For consistency purposes, I cannot use my laptop. So I'm going to be installing Linux on a machine of mine to do this. I'll only be installing MySQL, GCC, and Java. I haven't been keeping myself up to date on the emerging distributions out there. If this was a year ago, I would have just installed RedHat. Fedora I don't feel as comfortable with for whatever reason. I do like the idea of a distribution from Novell, but I haven't heard of any plans for a new release of SuSE. Can anybody help me out in picking one? I don't want to be too bogged down in configuration and installation. I like the ease of RedHat and I'm wondering if I could get the same out of Gentoo. And please, lets not turn this into the typical Linux thread. When you make a suggestion, give a good reason as to why!