Yes, I suggest MDK 9.2 as well. TONS of apps. I believe the beta is just the base OS and tools. (note the word beta)
I have MDK 9.2 and will be installing 10 on a partition to assist in beta testing as I want to start supporting Mandrake more since it supports me so well
BTW, what Toshiba laptop is that? If it is an older one, with a slow processor and not a lot of RAM (slower than 300 mHz, less than 128MB RAM), you might want to install an older distro, and then upgrade the kernel. Or at least be very careful about your package selection and how many extra services you run.