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Old 12-18-02, 05:03 PM   #3
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Linux is free
So is ~90% of the software for that platform
For a total noob, I'd go with Suse 8.1. Mandrake is -ok- but it *may* stutter on slower machines with less juices (especially while using KDE 3.x, same applies to Suse, Redhat 8) But either way Suse is a great distribution
I haven't used 8.1 though. I only used version 7.3

Here are some reviews:,644911,00.asp

Also a Redhat 8 review:,643563,00.asp

It's quite a bit of reading, but once you do your homework you should be able to choose the distro based on your preferences
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