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Ok, so I have had some troubles with Linux in the past, but am still interested. I will list things I would like in a distro, and my hardware, and if someone could tell me if it will match those needs and recommend me a distro, that would be great. So, here is what I would like:
- Sound card MUST work and should be easy to configure/install
- Speed and stability are definately a plus
- Video card support must be nice, I don't wan't a 640x480 desktop
- Must be easy to use, I am a newbie, but I would like it to have some deep features for when I get comfortable with the Linux system
Ok, so those are things I wanted, now I will list my specs and see if it's compatible
I think that's all I need to list, but ask any questions you need, the easier it is for someone to make a suggestion the better. I was looking at SUSE after trying Mandriva and Ubuntu and haveing no luck with hardware compatibility.
Go to Barnes and noble and get the mepis live distro out of one of the current mags.
Its bootable from the hard drive so you can see what works, and it uses Debian packages which work rather well. The default desktop is KDE which is very configurable. If you want something faster that works well, try Fluxbox, or one of the other minimal window managers. Anyway, I have tried 4 different Distros ( or is it 5?) and "Simply Mepis" has worked the best for me, and I've screwed with it a LOT with no probs. I know your graphics card is supported.
I have a desktop PC, not a laptop, but I am considering SUSE still. I am also trying out the live disc, Simply Mepis. I'll see how well I like it and if I like it then I'll make the switch (dual boot first obviously). Thanks for the input.