Choosing the right Distro of linux
here we go, its been a long time since i decided to work with linux. i just finally got fed up with windows and there is no way in hell im going apple. so now i need a good distributions.
I am wanting to try it out on my acer netbook it is an
Acer One D255E-13639
a 1.66 GHZ processor and a 1gig of ram, and a 250 gig hard drive, and usb only no cd
ideally i want to be able to use this to do simple network pen testing and some sort of other network hacking tools.
any help would be appreciated
Weed some of the choices out
Most users are going to desire a O.S that is ready to install along with install-able binaries that will install with a (Package Manager). What this means is that you don't have to install by source code which can be very difficult. For some one that wants out of the box functionality I would suggest Fedora, Suse , Mandriva , Mageia (brandnew) and Debian. The exotic O.S's don't come compiled (in binary form) like gentoo I think and don't have a large choice of applications that are installed by a Package Manager or a Packager Manager at all. There are other good O.S's but they are not that popular and the lack of support matches. Ubuntu has a million versions and has a lot of beginner support but in my opinion is more like a brand and not like a version of Linux. If you want the most success immediately I would choose Ubuntu or maybe Mint. My favorites are Mandriva or the new fork which I have not tried yet Mageia. Suse's interface is quite different and too involved in my opinion but works well.