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Old 12-18-02, 06:03 PM   #3
volt
 
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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:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...,644911,00.asp
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6408
http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=1887

Also a Redhat 8 review:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...,643563,00.asp
http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=1842
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/4460/1/

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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