I fully understand and get your point. You are making a good and valid point. I agree with you.
As is get it the Question is: What is a good Distro to operate and use as daily driver WHILE learning GNU/Linux.
And when, in my opinion, you look for a distro under those parameters you do want a robust, well used, well documented, well featured distro.
I really dont wanna go with the storys but i started with ubuntu and loved ubuntu for exactly the thing it does so good: look very friendly and good for begin
Well, we are not talking about the average citizen here. OP knows his stuff, works and learns in this field and WANTS TO LEARN how to OPERATE GNU/LINUX.
In my eyes you have to come up with a distro that does that and in its essence that means go enterprise distro.
So i conclude that FEDORA will make a very fine choice. Even comes with Gnome3. I use it on my machine and on my MacBook, very nice.
I even use it in my LPIC-1 Certification Workshop Seminar whatever you call those things. The machines run win10 with Debian 8.7.1 in an OracleVM,
its madness. What do i use!? Well, Fedora25 with fucking pre-installed Boxes as VM for Debian 8.7.1 and do most things on both Distros.
Maybe im a bit biased, but given that you have a capable young human who wants to learn GNU/LINUX i say: get the best tool! And not giving this person
the most shiny, fluffy and squanchy tool.
@H37 : Im glad you wanna learn GNU/LINUX, please do so. Choose any Distro you like and then work with it. If you have question, please please ask,
we all wanna help out.
Thats about it.