Which of these two configurations should I choose?
First of all, thanks for reading this.
I'm a complete newbie to the world of PC and Linux. Have never owned PC hardware, in fact. I'm proficient in Mac OS X.
I am to buy a new PC, where I intend to run Linux, but on the first partition I'd install Win2000 or XP because of two damn programs I need, and I don't know if Wine will cope with them.
Anyway, I have to choose between the following two configurations. Which one is the most linux compatible?
* AMD 64 3000+ S-754
* MB: AMD GigaByte GA-K8NS S-754
* Pentium 4 3GHz S-478
* MB: ASUS P4P800 I685PE S-478
Common hardware for both of them :
* 2 x 512 MB DDR400 Kingston
* S-ATA 160 GB Seagate (serial ATA)
* GeForce FX5200 128 MB
* DVD Writer LG GSA-4160B
I'm mainly interested in knowing if there's a recognized incompatibility between any of the above components and Linux. As distros, I intend to install Mepis, Gentoo and Fedora in the S-ATA drive, to have apt-get, portage and rpm.
The first question that comes to my mind is: are the two motherboards fully Linux compatible? I/O connectors, chipsets, BIOS, network ports and so on...
Another one: is it worth going for a SATA drive, or the regular ATA version won't make any noticeable difference?
I don't mind if Linux does not take advantage yet from a 64-bit processor. Instead, is a 64-bit processor gonna give me headaches, or will it work as a perfectly regular 32-bit?
I've looked in www.tlpd.org, but I can't find either MoBo on it, nor any of the other components.
Thanks very much in advance. I don't want to buy anything without the expert advice of the very talented people in this forum.