Originally Posted by superfish
Hi. I own a 'generic laptop' with a smartlink dialup modem and a usb rt73 wireless dongle that I'd like to use. which distro will run all multimedia codecs, plus flash 9 and as well, run the above devices.. big order I know, but I'm up to my ninth linux distro and not one of them does all of the above successfully with minimum hassle. suggestions anyone?
I'd try Ubuntu, its the one distro I've gotten all my hardware to work. Go buy some blank DVD's/CD's, depending on the laptops capabilities and start downloading some ISOs. I'd personally stay away from the "retail" versions of Linux, but thats just my opinion. Mandriva, Susesoft(
), and especially Linspire (I personally wouldn't use Freespire either, its SLOW). Xandros is a halfway decent retail version, if you want to go that route.
I'd probably try Ubuntu 6.10 and Fedora Core 6 as my first two. Both have worked quite well for me, but I'd give the edge to Ubuntu. The good thing about Ubuntu, is you can run it as a Live version(from the CD/DVD, w/o installing). This will enable you to test your hardware, etc. Lots of Ubuntu wiki's, instructional pages, packages available, etc. Just makes Ubuntu easy to use. I have flash 9 and have no problems. If you follow the installation wiki, installing w32codecs and DVD playback is easy as can be. Or you can use Automatix, which will install quite a few different programs with just one click(media/dvd codecs among them)
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy wiki
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy
I'd stick with the 32bit i386 version if I were you.