I'm looking for a linux distribution which can help me (rather force me) to learn the workings of the linux kernel, networking in linux and other tools/tricks that might help me with system administration.
I've gone through a few forums/discussions and distribution reviews of various distributions and most of the suggestions for something like this include:
Slackware ("Learn blah and you learn blah,learn slackware and you learn linux" ?) Gentoo Arch-Linux
Which of these distributions (or any others) would help me achieve the above stated goals?
I am already a GNU/linux user albeit a new one. I think can manage the most basic of tasks. (ls,tree,chmod anyone ?) I've used Fedora with Gnome3 for a while and very recently migrated to debian squeeze (Trouble accessing mirrors over proxy) The problem with debian is that everything is too stable. In the 2 weeks that I've been using it nothing has broken. I have had no issues other than a brief glitch in understanding the apt-get architecture and debian repository names.