Thanks for the welcome twilli.
And what distro might that be? Do you need to install everything? Are you suggesting that you have to install everything for this distro to work? What are your needs or interests?
Actually, the advice I saw was for the the 'install everything' version of SimplyMepis which included KDE plus the full Open Office suite. I don't think I'm a particularly demanding computer user - I run two websites for our businesses (on ISP servers), take a fair amount of digital photos and video, I've ripped about 40Gb of CDs onto my computer, collect information off the web for all sorts of purposes (my Linux info folder is growing at an alarming rate!),
I'm studying for a degree so there's quite a bit of academic stuff .... actually, on my main Win XP computer I think I'm using about 100Gb of space on the 160Gb hard drive. But I do need a full Office suite and I prefer KDE to Gnome
Why only 5GB to play with--what is the overall configuration (drives, partitions, etc.)?
pixellany, I'm using my four year old HP/Compaq laptop as a guinea pig for my Linux explorations. It only has a 20Gb hard drive and I've allowed 14Gb for the Win XPSP2 installation. So I've been working on 5Gb for a Linux distro. I don't want to pull out a perfectly good 20Gb laptop hard drive just because I need a bigger one - that seems rather extravagant
And I'm not intending to abandon Win XP altogether because my husband uses both the office and laptop computers and I can't see him getting to grips with Linux very quickly (he's only started using Win Xp in the last year or so ...)
You see, it's not really clear to newbies that it's possible to pick and choose from the various packages to tailor your install. I would imagine most go for the default installation which probably includes more than they actually need. Besides, some of the package names are pretty cryptic and not always easy to understand.
Thanks for your help