I am new to linux and would greatly appreciate some advice on what distro to download.
I am running windows xp and have lots of programs installed that i would like to keep. Ideally, what i want to do is install linux without having to modify my current set up. I have to learn linux for a bioinformatics course i am doing so i am not after a distro with heaps of software. Is there a distro that gives me a basic linux setup that will let me program perl and use the net. I dont need multimedia and office stuff, mainly software dev and database stuff.
I am considering knoppix to get my feet wet but i think i would rather download a distro in one hit that i can use. Is there one that is 700mb or less that will give me all the features above?
Sorry for rambling on a bit
Any help would be greatly appreciated.