penguin4; Sorry 4 long delay in answer--a few incredibly full days. Couldn't agree more about Mandrake distro. Never tried other distos so can't really compare, but matches what I have found in Mdk. Actually, thinking of the evolution of windows from DOS to winxp, & the resources & manpower spent--theres a quantum leap to linux. Just gotta remember that figuring it out it supposed to be fun!
btw; I thought that my old model laptop, ThinkpadT20, could be a problem with Mdk, so I decided to install on my Athlon desktop. Installation was a nobrainer, & I was listening to mp3 on totem in 20 minutes, & browsing the internet in 30 min on my 3 yr old, 3x repaired from lightning strikes prolink modem! Awesome!
I browsed the site you suggd & couldn't find mention of my usb modem, so will concentrate on getting my winmodem going for now. Tx!