After having used Fedora Core 3 for a little while it has started to play up, and I also want to set up a dual-boot 98/linux system, and so I am going to reinstall everything. However, I wanted to know if there was a distro better suited to my needs than FC3 before I reinstall. My system specs are:
Geforce4 MX 440
DWL-520+ Wireless Network Card
8gig, 5gig, 3gig hard drives
DVD Drive (that doesn't support burnt DVD's)
As such, I need a system that runs as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Performance with FC3 was actually quite reasonable, however if there is anything that would run faster then of course that would be better.
The machine will mainly be used for running DVD's, Movies and MP3's, but also needs to run Firefox, OpenOffice and GAIM (or some other MSN Client). I Need the distro to run:
Movies + DVD's
DivX (if possible, i know it's a slow machine but FC3 seemed to handle small DivX Files)
TV Out Support (if possible, my MX440 isn't too good at it apparently)
Internet (Firefox, Gaim, etc)
Word Processor (Open Office)
Some game Emulators (Zsnes mainly, possibly Gens)
I also require the distro to be user (read Noob) friendly, preferably with something like Synaptic Package Manager (as on FC3) to help me with installing files etc. A windows-like GUI and desktop environment are a must. It is OK if the distro requires a lot of "setting up", just so long as it is well documented. Last but not least, I need it to support my network card (which can be done by installing acx100 drivers from http://acx100.sourceforge.net/download.html
It may turn out that Fedora Core 4 is still my best bet, but I thought i'd ask anyway. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.