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Initally I considered SuSe 10.0 as the best - certainly the closest to being an "out of the box" install, but after having installaion problems on a Compaq desktop and finding that it is quite slow in loading on my laptop, I have to go with PCLinuxOS 9.2. It's fast, updates are good and it install quite well on all of my computers.
PCLinuxOS even beats out my perenial favourite - Simply MEPIS - as I find that with MEPIS 3.4.2 they have actually gone backwards, with a unreliable bootloader and are so far from the Debian repositories that updates are dangerous.
I clicked on Debian, but in reality, it is Debian Etch. It is the only distro that has not folded up on me as I tear into it to make it do what I want. All the other distros died at one point or another along the way. May they rest in peace. LOL
I love Mepis! I have been using mepis over two years now. My box is up 24/7 no problems, other than when I had to upgrade KDE once in a while. Just like to say also that I have tried other distros in between, just to see what all the hype was about; however, they couldn't beat mepis on my old compaq.
Somedays I don't get much work done because I find myself helping wife fix new computer with M$ on it constantly.
I am a newbie. Madrake which is now known as Mandriva is my all
time fav distro. The GUI interface of Mandriva 2006 is cool. Earlier version of Mandrake was also easy to use sorta. And most
good thing is it detects and intalls major hardwares just like
in Windows XP . Last time i added TV Tuner card. I shocked to see
it installed TV tuner card automatically. Simply amazing !
I clicked MEPIS, even though currently use Kubuntu.
I like the one "live" CD concept with possibility to try the distro without installation on HD first, and possibility to download all needed packages later, rather than downloading three or more CD's, like many other distros require.
MEPIS is based on Debian, which means APT and great access to all Debian repositories, ease of installation and removing programs.
MEPIS has great hardware support, multimedia support in it is better than almost any free distro I tried.
Windows types of multimedia, libdvdcss are a few clicks away with Synaptic.
Antialiasing is implemented better than under Knoppix, Kanotix.
I'd use it today if not for poor locales support.
I need my distro flawlessly support Russian, be based on Debian, I prefer KDE.
Kubuntu implements Russian, and MEPIS doesn't, so I have to use Kubuntu currently.
Would wholeheartedly recommend MEPIS to those English-speaking Windows users, who want to try Linux.
Will watch closely how relations between MEPIS and Ubuntu develop in a future...and hope to switch back someday.
Distribution: *buntu - Slackware - Anything on USB
Can't make up my mind.............
Okay, first I installed Mandriva, then I tried SUSE. Then I went to Ubuntu, installed Kubuntu, and then went back to SUSE (poor hard drive). Somewhere in there, I squeezed in a Debian install. I spent the most time with SUSE, but now I'm thinking of a jump to Slackware. As for installs, I really like Mandriva's partition program, but SUSE seemed to detect all my hardware. And all I had to do was click next. I would recommend SUSE 10.0
I've been using Linux for a few years now and am a diehard Slackware fan. I've tried other distros and always keep Slack as my main O/S. It is totally configurable the way I want it. I use some Gnome, KDE and XFCE apps from my Fluxbox window manager without any issues. I've never had to post a question here because the forums have always had the answer I needed after a little searching. I'm still learning what I need to know, but its been a fun experience!