I'm new to Linux but years ago I could get around in UNIX pretty well. It's just a little foggy for the moment.
I am trying the latest versions of Knoppix and Mandrake-Move on my emachines laptop (Athlon XP-M). Suprisingly both pop right up with no errors!
One problem is that they don't detect my wireless card. I've been doing some reading and I've learned that this is a common problem and that one answer is to Load and NDIS Wrapper driver.
Ok, sounds cool. The problem is, "How do I load anything
into a system that boots off of CD?" For one thing I don't think that I can access my Windows file system. For another the CD drive locks (won't eject) while I am booted in Linux so I can't use that. This laptop can't have a floppy and cd inserted at the same time. (Perhaps with a cable for the floppy I could.)
I know that this is "bone simple" and I'll go read my documentation some more - but I am eager to get on the 'net.