Originally posted by tatlic
I am a newcomer to Linux and am hoping the forum can help me with the following question:
Which version of Linux should I install om my 36 MB laptop (previously Win 95). I have a sense that Linux 2.0 is the one to install but need advice on whether it is the best version and where to download it from.
Remember that Linux 2.x is just the bare kernel (the software that processes instructions from software to the hardware). You are not going to only download that.
You have to get what's known as a distribution. Distributions are put together by various companies and organizations that have their own set of software and operating system features. Most distributions use the same basic software with their own additional features and setup. The most popular distributions are Mandrake (currently in version 9.2), RedHat Fedora, SUSE (currently in version 9.0), and Debian (currently in version 3.0r2).
You should use whatever Linux version is included with your distribution. Right now, most of them will have version 2.4.something. Later, it will be 2.6.something. You cannot really choose what kernel version you run. (Well you can, but I wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade!!)