Ok, now this is the case. In october I tried SuSE 9.1 Professional, but i messed it up real bad and gave up. Then, after filling up my XP with updates AGAIN, i got sick of it, and installed 9.2 Professional over FTP. Now I'm almost happy.
After posting a thread about multi-booting distros, and being asked my some of my friends that are sick of windows too, to try out some distros, i made a plan in calc (yeah!) of my partition table and found out that i can actually install about
: one freakin XP (dunno why, but since i have, let it stay!) and six other distros on my 60GB hard drive. actually, i can get even more, but that's THE LEAST, i can redo the partition table to get more, but that will mean less than 6GB per distro. If that's ok, i can do it. Just don't think i need that many to start...
My question to you, everybody, is to make a list of five distros you would suggest (i'll still use SuSE, cuz its my first linux). My criteria are:
- Learn the basics of linux in text-mode (well, maybe shell)
- An easy to use, ready for even a lazy person (not for me :-)) - its an option, maybe just one
- A good hardware support
- I want to learn to configure linux in any way (with the use of books of course)
- And optionally an easy installation. If its hard - that's ok, i like challenges. I mean, challenges as in those that can be solved, not the one's in winXP.
Ok, i understand, that probably every linux meets at least one of that criteria, but i need user-and-newb-friendly distros. Oh, and preferably, i want to install over FTP and only a few packages i really use. But it doesn't have to be, just an option.
I'm not asking you to pick one best, i'm asking you to pick 5! I'm thinking of Slackware, and heard good stuff about Gentoo, except that i don't think i can handle a text-based installation right now. Also, i really liked Knoppix 3.7, and i think of installing it too (its amazing that you can!!! Look at this HOWTO!
I like its awesome hardware support and recognition. I'm also thinking of trying a russian distro of linux called ASPLinux, since my relatives (yea, i'm russian) asked me to, and its the only fully russian linux.
I will accept any advice, since i'm a newbie (well, not a total newb, but still need a lot to learn)
What about the super distro package that linuxcd.org offers? Ok, i'll leave the rest to you, just suggest a couple of distros and i'll be happy!
thanks in advance, svinka.