So my new laptop will be here on Wednesday. I have gotten to like Linux for most of my computing so I'm definitely installing a distro as soon as I can (I'll keep win7 around on a small partition in case I need windows for something). My question is which distro? Ubuntu 9.07 was pretty nice and I hear Karmic is bomber. However I'm starting to get a bug up my butt to try Gentoo (I must be more of a masochist than I previously thought). I figure that by the end of that, I'll be a 1337 h4x0r Linux pro. Anyone have a favorite distro or experience compiling one?