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Hi dudes I wanna migrate from windows to linux but not able to select best flavour of linux plz help me to decide it by keeping following points:
1.Easy and GUI with good support for multiboot system.
2.Most imp. support my Broadband router which will be connected to my PC using USB port!
3.Mount windows partition by default.
I am thinking for SuSE Plz help me to select best of all.
I can't speak for SuSE, since I haven't used it in years, but it does appear to be a popular choice. Ubuntu and Fedora would be other good choices. All of those are very popular, so you are likely to find people to help you out with them.
Of the three I listed, Ubuntu seems to be the most noob-friendly.
I would suggest u start out with Mandriva 2006. Its totally easy and comfortable and no much configuring. Once u get the hang of it try experimenting with Fedora,SuSE etc. I would not recommend Ubuntu as of know coz its debian based. Start with rpm base and then move on to debian.
As for your points, rest assured Mandriva packs them in and more.
i would think most distros will work well with the usb but as for windows NTFS partition mounting you will probably need to install NTFS drivers yourself. However if you have vfat partition then it should work no problem however this is unlikely.
As for which distro i would recommend Ubuntu. I am not very familiar with mandriva i used it a bit when it was mandrake but i think that ubuntu is easier to get working for a first time user and it does give good GUI support
Distribution: What's the point of this? I keep on trying new distros...
Please state what modem you are using. Some drivers are easier to find with the assistance of others and by keeping your modem brand and model secret, how would we know if it would ever be used in a specific distro?
Also with Linux, there will never be a FIT-FOR-EVERYONE distro. So don't expect to install Linux and relax. There will always be some work involved in any setup of any distro.
Some distributions support NTFS partitions, but only some actually automatically mount them - so if you pick a distro that doesn't mount it for you, you'll still need some work getting it mounted.
Now here are my top 5 distros (most of them are already in this thread, but I'll put more detail, all of which are from my experiences):
Ubuntu - Although there is no GUI in the setup, it's quite easy to navigate and use - although partitioning would be the hardest step. It can support modems/routers (sometimes without effort or search the Ubuntu Wiki / Google for installation guides). Does a pretty good job at mounting, but doesn't do it automatically.
SuSE / OpenSuSE - Very nice GUI all the way and supports dual-booting with Windows, will mount drives but sometimes doesn't auto-mount it (that's the experience with my system... I don't know if there are problems with others). SuSE knows most modems but it doesn't seem to have the drivers.
KNOPPIX - Although it's a full-GUI LiveCD / LiveDVD, you can install it onto a hard drive (but without GUI and is not that hard). It has great hardware support (with some minor quirks but not too many), and because it's a live distrobution, you don't need to care about dual-booting (because it doesn't need to touch the HDD, unless you install it). Also, it auto-mounts every HDD on your system. The only problem is that saving the session is very hard unless you install it.
Mandriva Linux (formerly MandrakeLinux) - Exceptionally user-friendly, fast and easy to install. Dual-booting is a breeze (also with a nicer LILO screen), and auto-mounts hard drives. Support for hardware is average, but a Google search should point you in the right direction.
Fedora Core - My experience with Fedora is mixed. For one thing the setup program (anaconda) couldn't partition my NTFS drive (so I had to install it onto a new blank HDD). It still can dual boot with Windows, but mounting the NTFS drive needed for the installation of a few packages. Hardware support is also average but a Google search mostly points you in the right place.
That basically answers number 1, 2 and 3 of eagle_y2j's list with my top 5 distros.
I am also suffering USB syndrome i.e. I have fedora-2 installed and recently connected broadband dataone service. However, the wireless QUIDWAY WA1003A ADSL modem with USB port is working fine when connected to my xp but when my fedora-2 takes charge ( on the same machine ) though first time it detected and automatically configured the modem but since then nothing happens. KPPP did'nt work with the device options such as ACM or usb/tty etc. everytime it throws 'modem busy' or 'unable to open modem' garbage. However, it is working with my other internal modem. I know installing the NIC will solve my problem, but u know, I feel kind of defeated in that case. any suggestion will be appreciated.