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I spent four years as a RedHat consumer before discovering Slackware. I tried nearly all other distros (not Gentoo, and from what I read I'm not likely to ... I'd rather understand my own system properly than let some robot control it all for me. If you can't edit a config file go back to Windows.
Anyway, nothing I read here has convinced me otherwise. Slackware is the way to go - I'm mainly into servers, and believe that anyone who understands Linux can make a Slackware or any other box secure ... other put your trust in the packages that some robot sends you. SELinux? Like PAM, that may not end up being all it's cracked up to be. I've already read some people questioning whether that horrendous complexity is more of a hindrance than a help.
As for wheel mice, alsa and all that other consumer crap, who cares? If that's what you want, try XP.