Originally posted by daroma
I've been trying RH9 and Mandriva 2006 - both seem good (I'm a novice).
What functionality can I lose by choosing one particular distro instead of another? In particular, RH9 is free, installs well, and is well documented.
I think you'll find a large number of distros are free in cost and usually free (as opposed to proprietary) in terms of the software that comes with them. Fedora Core 3 and 4 are the more up-to-date user versions of Red Hat. PCLinuxOS is a live CD/installer CD version of Mandriva that uses Synaptic Package Manager to manage applications. Ubuntu, Mepis, Blag, Gentoo, are all free. And there are free versions of SuSE available for download.