Originally Posted by Jose Vargas
PCLinuxOS is the one John!
Erm it's based on mandrake/mandriva (which are the same they just renamed to mandriva after they bought out the connectiva distro)
I've not actually tried that incarnation though, but there do seem to be very good things said about it.
Judging by the fact that "texstar", who used to do some really excellent third party art work for mandrake, but I believe he moved over to PCLinuxOS when it was just starting out - I'd think it was probably very good.
I'd also say, that if PC's don't make you nervous, then have a look at sidux
. It's based on Debian SID (aka unstable) which is considered to be the scariest version to try, but, it's been made about as user friendly as possible.
I'm no expert (despite poking my nose into the linux world for over 5 years now) and I can use it.
Or look at sabayon
- which is based on gentoo.
Both use different package managers to PCLinuxOS or Mandriva (or SuSE and any other "RPM" based distros). Anything debian based will use "apt" for packages and Sabayon uses "portage", both vastly superior (IMO of course) to RPM - I'd never go back to RPM now, not unless they did some major work on it to remove all the "dependency" problems that it can sometimes suffer.
But in any case, I wish you much success Jose Vargas, with whatever you use. I'm guessing that learning the "windowsesque" stuff isn't gonna be that hard. Installing is pretty straight forward in most cases (erm, I'd get used to your package manager first and don't try rpm's that aren't designed for your system - using fedora ones or SuSE ones etc can lead you into just as deep a "dependency hell" as installing from source/tar.gz packages can).
If your kit is reasonably up to date, then hell, get some eye candy as well. Beryl will piss all over the likes of Vista and OSX with a bit of configuration. Just google for Beryl screen shots, you'll see what I mean
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