i'm using SUSE9.0Pro in our business right now, and it did VERY good at detecting a lot of old hardware perfectly. the only exception is a Wireless Lan PCI card that is some difficulty, so using ethernet till it is resolved. we have 2 computers (both on ASUS boards) running ONLY Linux (SUSE) and two that dual boot (one to RH, the other to Mandrake).
I think Mandrake is very good, as well, with the added benefit of a free download available. I would strongly suggest you download Mandrake 9.2 or 10.0(not a final release as of this writing i believe) and give it a try. they provide the CD images online that you can burn with any CD burner. If it detects everything fine and you like it, then support them by purchasing a full distro if you feel so inclined.
As a small business owner, i really appreciate the software update capabilites in the current distro's. they make keeping up with security/compatibility patches quite easy.
Summary? "Try Mandrake 9.2 for free, unless you don't mind sacrificing $70.00 to experiment with Suse9.0 Pro. Both should do an excellent job."
(i'm not a programmer etc BTW. i'm trying to learn more about Linux, but don't have a coder background. if you have a programming background i can't help but think you will absolutely LOVE linux.)
Last edited by Present; 02-21-2004 at 08:32 PM.