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hey there, i am currently running windows xp pro on my
ibm thinkpad t20
8mb savage graphics
dvd rom hot swappable for floppy drive
14.1" tft monitor
i have never use linux before and fancy changing to linux, is it complicated to use and how hard would it be to set up a wireless internet connection as i have currently a wireless netgear card in my pcmcia? i downloaded the slax live-cd and the screen didnt seem to run very good which i thought might have been a problem with refresh rates, when i changed that it was better but not gone. i am looking for ease of use, easy to install programs, get the internet running i like to use bit torrent, bit tornado in particular (shadows experimental) and i am big into my music so i would also like to be able to download music so a decent program for that is very important? if anyone can suggest a decent distro and help me through setting it up once i have it running please do.....
ps. i have on disk mandrake 9 or 10 i forget which one and also suse 9.1 personal (not sure if it is working 100%) and fedora core 2, knoppix 3.3 live cde and slax latest live-cd. i was thinking about downloading slackware but ill wait for comments.
please suggest which desktop to use along with the distro you reccommend please so i can set up and come back ready for help setting up my internet also.
As far as using a particular distro, its like having preference for particular coffee beans. I would say SuSE, Fedora and Mandrake are reallly user-friendly. Slackware is where you learn the most...So its your choice.
As far as desktop is concerned. See my sig . XFCE 4 is by far the most pleasing. Havent tried Enlightenment and Fluxbox...do I want to after using XFCE 4? nah!!!!!
This is my personal opinion and you would definitely want to search this forum as there are a zillion threads on distro selection.
i installed suse 9.1 personal and want to get my wireless working, it has kind of detected my netgear card during the installation but it did not connect i am now on the desktop and want to get it sorted if anyoine can help please do!
the card is a
NETGEAR WG511 Wireless 802.11g 54mbps PC Card (pcmcia)
Last edited by FuriousGibbon; 08-26-2004 at 09:53 AM.