I bought myself a brandnew Dell Inspiron6000 and wonder which distri to use on it besides windows. I don't have much experience with Linux but I like the idea of Open Source and the willing of the Linux Community to document and provide their software for free (besides that I try to avoid MS, which is more into money making instead of serving and helping its costumers with functioning software...).
All my experience is the following: I installed Mandrake 9.2 on my old Pentium I, and basically used the GUIs KDE and GNOME. I used office tools or worked with pictures etc. Besides that I can configure my fstab file, Lilo, give rights to users, or partition my harddrive.
I am also using a Laptop which is usually not connected to the internet, all I can do is download stuff somewhere else and burn it on CD (or do you know a way to connect my Laptop to library PCs?).
What I cannot do and what I don't want to put much time into, is editing sourcecode or programming any kind of software except html. This doesn't mean that I am not willing to learn, it just means that I don't want to put all of my time into my Computer.
So next Friday I am gonna load down either FC3, Mandrake 10 or Gentoo and see whether I can get this laptop working. I already checked out the Gentoo Linux Handbook and read the installation part. Now I had almost no clue what they were doing in an stage 1 or 2 installation. So I would choose 3 when I had to install it.
So I would like to know if I have more trouble with a Gentoo linux, which is cool for sure!, than with Fedora or Mandrake. For the things I a want to do which I mentioned above.
Ok, guys, thanks for reading this thang here first!
I am happy if some guys could help me with only one of my questions at a time. Also I want to point out again that I am not totally clueless, I at least got Mandrake running on my old P200 System!
So looking forward to hearing from you guys!