Help to some distro choices wanted!
i'm a new linux user, but have been using mandrake on my centrino laptop for a few months. however, as i feel more confident with this stuff now, i'll make a fresh install sometime soon. and for that, i would like some advice.
i've got an acer tm 290 with a pentium m 1.4 ghz processor. i'm using it daily for my work at the university (doing physics, using latex, fortran, matlab, maple etc.). i am thinking about waiting until fedora core 4 is given a proper release at the beginning of june, but any advice is welcome. what about other distros? i've heard good things about gentoo, but i'm afraid it's too tricky for a newbie as myself. what about desktop environments? kde/gnome/something entirely different? what about lightweight alternatives so that my batteries last longer?