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Hi! I am totally new to the Linux scene. I have AMD 3000+,2.0 GHZ[754 socket] on ASUS A8S-MX motherboard.ASUS hasn't given me any drivers for linux.I ran the Knoppix live distro.Unfortunately,it had no drivers for my onboard sound card and the NIC that came with the MB.I had anticipated problems getting drivers,so this was no surprise.Which would be the best distro to install and what architecture should I choose:i386 or x86_64?
A very friendly (and professional) distro you can use is SuSE. I would recommend this as it offers easy install and setup. This is the closest I have found to an out-of-the-box distro that starts working (without have to tune it in various areas.) I think alot of people get frustrated with Linux due to the initial install (including myself,) but once you get past this, you start to see how Linux enables you to do many things.
knoppix is usually one of the best in terms of automagically recognizing hardware, so that doesn't bode well. but anyway, suse and mandrake are both excellent for the reasons stated above: namely they install easily and automagically take care of many things. if you want to learn linux from the command line and understand your system i'd suggest slackware. it's all about what you want to do. check out www.distrowatch.com for more info.
i am also a linux newbie who has trued with several cores, i seem to be getting on quite well with slackware 9.1 at the moment though when 10.0 is reliced as "stable" i would go for that...
the instalation is relativly simple though takes about 3 hours... after that you are done...
i tried ubuntu and had loads of trouble before, when i coudl get an x server at all i found that i couldent get any thing better then a 640 x 480 x 256 frame buffer and it diddnt give me the option to change it...
(now using 1024 x 768 x 32k )