Which Suse Linux Distro should I get?
Just to clarify, Suse is
The different downloads you are seeing is because your operating system, regardless of brand or distro, has to be able to talk to your hardware. So Suse is offering you a choice of downloads for your particular architecture
(category of computer hardware).
refers in a general way to the type
of computer (PC, Apple MacIntosh, and others) and the motherboard chipset
combination (usually being 32-bit or 64-bit for PCs).
32-bit PC artictectures are generally referred to as "X86" because of Intel's numbering system for all modern processors. It doesn't matter if the actual processor is Intel or AMD brand, or if the actual chipset is Intel or one of many other brands, as long as that processor is made to comply to the "X86" architecture. 64-bit PC architectures are referred to as "X64", and you would know if you had it (you would have shelled out the money for it, for one thing).
Linux doesn't run on Apple's computers, so that's why you don't see it as an option. Actually, the newest Apple MacIntosh computer does, though. They finally switched to a PC architecture with Intel processors, whereas they previously had a proprietary
(private) processor and motherboard made for them, so you could only run the MacIntosh operating system on a Mac.
As for the other types of computers out there, they are mainly servers or really old computers known by professionals in certain technical positions...not something you can walk into a store and buy.
This is why everyone can confidently tell you you want the X86 download. But that is just the Suse download for your architecture. Suse is the Distro.
Examples of Linux distros are Suse, Mandriva, Slackware, Ubutu, Knoppix, Xandros, Gentoo, Mepis and, well, there are literally hundreds! They use the Linux kernel
(the core part of the operating system, minus your desktop, applications, tools, etc), then they choose things like:
- the filesystem (Just like in Windows you can choose FAT16, FAT32 of NTFS, with NTFS being the default starting in WindowsXP, Linux has several filesystems to choose from.)
- the desktop (Unlike Windows this is seperate, so you can choose. For example, KDE and GNOME are the most popular. They look different, the menus are different, the windows work different. They also usually inlcude many graphical applications.)
- the applications (The software you use to do things. You usually have both command-line applications as well as graphical applications that can be run from the desktop, though some can be run either way.)
Most distros include several desktops and allow you to choose. Most of them also boot into the command line by default, and you have to explicitly start the desktop. You can change some files so the desktop starts automatically, if you like, but usually you only do this after you make sure everything works right in the GUI (graphical user interface), make sure all your hardware is detected, get familiar with Linux and with the filesystem you installed, etc.
I know your question was already answered, I just hope this was some helpful education about Linux.