Well after installing many flavors of linux at work and at home I seem to have settled in on Gentoo www.gentoo.org. Not only because of it's cool package management system (portage) but because of the updateablity of the product.... one install once and you can keep your system up-to-date without too much trouble. I was experiencing some heart burn when trying to get the Macromedia Flash Communication server to install. I got it to run by simply extracting the files and running them but the install of the actual product failed. Then I ran accross this: http://cliffrowley.com/blog/index.php?p=44 extremely helpful article and it worked like a charm. Thanks Cliff!
UPDATE: The link to Cliff's website fails.. please refer to my article here: http://www.jakehilton.com/?q=node/33