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I've recently built a new computer (specs at the bottom of this post) and im looking for install WinXPn and at least one distribution of linux along with it, and to be honest, I haven't been all that impressed with Red Hat so far.
I've heard that SUSE and Debian are pretty good for beginners, while stil retaining the full use of linux, but I'm very much open for suggestions.
As for the specs of the new comp (I'm quite proud of this actually):
2.4Ghz P4 w/ 800Mhz FSB
512Mb PC 3200
80Gb 7200RPM HD
nVidia GeForce 4 MX 440
and a very sexy little number of a case, about the size of a 4-slot toaster, see through side panels, with a built in motherboard (ive got no clue what model the mobo is)
SUSE doesn't look to be what I need, considering you can't burn your own install disks, which I find to be a major annoyance.
Debian on the other hand looks interesting..... but its SEVEN cds, good grief!
Mandrake looks to be exactly what I want, however where the heck can I download it without having to pay?
I know my comment on Mandrake seems very cheap of me, but im not looking to support any distribution, I want to find one that I think I can use, then consider buying it for any tech support I may need.
edit: thanks tricky kid, ill check that out aswell
edit2: where can i find this elusive reviews section?
Well I'm newbie and I almost started with slackware (I had Suse for a couple of days) and I most say that although what is said about slack it's an amazing distro... And it's a wonderfull way to learn new things on linux 'cause it makes you search for the answers to your problems besides playing with the grafical interface.
But yeah maybe Mandrake is the best distro in this case.
Can anyone list the major differences and pros and cons between Debian and Slackware for me? Both are old and stable distros - but what else is there? apt-get is a wonderful package manager, but installpkg isn't as hard, so I've heard. How about performance? That's one particular detail on which I don't know much about.