Originally Posted by HeyAZ
Which is the best linux distribution for my Dell 9400 laptop, Core 2 Duo?
Planning to install the 64 bit version since Postgresql has a 64 bit version which presumably runs quite fast.
Need to make sure both 32 bit cores are being used, so is kernel 2.6.19 a necessity?
Will the Sun JDK (which I understand is for 32 bit only) work on the 64 bit linux distribution (I have to assume that is does; then next year can upgrade to the 64 bit java) -?
Suse describes Intel's EM64T as an implementation of AMD64, but are results comparable to a turion machine?
Text versus Graphical Installer?
Are there other issues, with specific distributions?
Appreciate input - hopefully success stories! - from others going this route. Thanks.
Take OpenSuSE 10.1
1. Regular Updates
2. Backed by strong company
3. 32 bit software should always work on 64 bit machines (though your package manager may complain that it requires a 64 bit version sometimes
4. Graphical is the way to go with the installer (IMHO)
5. Keep an eye on the "SuSE Factory", they are putting out different kernel flavours in RPM every time there is a kernel release... its very refreshing to see that kind of speed.
6. IT JUST WORKS! I have been running SuSE for 4 years and I am very very happy with it... I currently run 10.1 on my Toshiba Laptop with latest kernel and kde etc...
hope this helps