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Good luck, don't use Mandrake. I have never installed Red Hat but out of the 3 I have installed Suse 8.2, Vector and Mandrake 8.1 and *.2 the order of friendlyness is Suse 8.2 > Vector >Mandrake 8.1 >> 8.2
I could never get 8.2 to run at less than crawling while Suse rocks on the same machine
Very latest Mandrake failed to install on two different PCs, Redhat 9 went on both of them with no issue.
i know that some folk don't like Redhat because they think it does too much 'hand holding' and you don't get the low level knowledge of the system, but as far as I can see there's nothing to stop you finding this stuff out when you're ready.
I'm new to all this, so hand-holding does me fine!
What do you need help with?? Last question you seem to have is about the swap so i will give my opinion. with 512 ram you dont need a swap really. If you really want one 128 or 256 is plenty, 1 gig swap is just wasted space. I have 256 ram and 256 swap and my swap is never more than 60mb used.