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1. It depends what you are looking for exactly, but you could try searching this website (that question has been asked before), or you could go to http://distrowatch.com/
In general, I would agree with CrAZy_MoNKeY on Mandrake - easiest install ever IMO.
2. a flavour (or flavor if you are on my side of the Atlantic) is simply a type. Eg:
Linux, Mac OSX, and the BSDs are all flavors of Unix;
Red Hat, Mandrake, Gentoo, Slackware, Knoppix, etc are all flavors of Linux;
9.0 (shrike), 8.0 (Psyche), 7.3 (valhalla) are all flavors of Red Hat Linux;
Vanilla and strawberry are both ice cream, they just taste different.
Thankx a lot CrAZy_MoNKeY, case1984, Pimple.
I am thinking of removing Redhat 9 and installing Mandrak 9.1 now as you guy's hav recommended, but I am having only one ISO image of the installation, but the Official site of Mandrake state that it comes with 3 ISO images.
Distribution: Gentoo 2004.2, Slackware 10, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server
the installation was smooth for me. Nice gui look, and steps you through everything. It even has a partition manager built in (very good) I've never installed Redhat or other disros but have only heard good things about mandrakes install process
you can install with just the first CD. You will be missing a lot of the applications on the other 2 CDs but I think you will still have enough to get you going and you can add things later using Mandrake's tools. The first thing you would do after installing is to go to http://plf.zarb.org/~nanardon/[/url]
with a browser (you should have konqueror) and setup urpmi. urpmi is mandrake's tool to make downloading programs from the net very easy. Choose main, contrib and updates and maybe also plf as your sources and follow the instructions. After this, when you go to mandrake control center ->software management ->install, you will be given a list of things available.