Linux on my new laptop?

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Well, with the whole macbook/macbook pro revolution in full swing I have decided to go against the grain and go back to the other side of things.

I just put in an order for a new laptop. I decided to go with Dell, mainly because my current working situation offer a nice discount on the hardware.

Dell Studio 15 Laptop (S510205NZ)
Base Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66GHz/ 1066 FSB/ 6MB Cache)
Memory 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM Memory
Video Card 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Hard Drive 500GB SATA Hard Drive

I held back quite a bit to keep costs down but still I am hoping to get what I can out of it.
I don't do a lot of gaming.

No matter how hard I tried they would not send it to me WITHOUT vista.
That's ok, I am going to be using linux anyway.... which brings me to the point of this post.

Which Linux distro should I use?
In the past I have always ran with the Fedora series and never had a reason to swap. But, I am curious about playing with something different. At work we use a flavour of Ubuntu. Seems unique and is my first experience with a Debian based OS. I have always enjoyed the idea of Gentoo though. Has anyone used Gentoo?

about Gentoo, wikipedia wrote:The goal was to create a distribution without precompiled binaries that was tuned to the hardware and only included required programs.
I have to admit that the whole idea of compiling packages specifically to my HW turns me on a bit. While this is done quite often with any linux distro it sounds like Gentoo takes this to the next level. :P

I am also quite keen on playing with CentOS mainly due to my Fedora roots.
While I do plan to initially install one of each as a learning experience I would love to hear what you guys have to say on the topic.

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