Well it mostly depends on your level of experience with linux. If you are just starting out, I would suggest Mandrake, Red Hat, or Suse. If you want a more advanced distro, try Debian or Slackware. You ought to read about the differences between the distros and pick one that suits what your trying to do.
Its hard for me to pick a distro for you, mainly because I'm not you
I am new to Linux. I did own a copy of RedHat that I installed on an old PII years ago, but I though about tyring one of the new ones. I like the look of Mandrake, was thinking about it or RedHat, not familiar with SUSE, want something mainstream and popular, am sure I am going to be hitting the forums a lot for help...
The main thing people do not like of Mandrake is it's filled with 'fluff' or so they think but RedHat is just as bad, I personally would stick with Mandrake instead of RedHat forcing bluecurve down your throat, they start with Bluecurve and then what soon enough redhat won't be a gnu linux but an MS type product.
Actually I am downloading ISO copies of Mandrake 9 from http://www.linuxiso.org/ as we speak, figure the 3 files will take about 6 hours, so when I wake up tomorrow morning(it's 2:09AM in NJ) they will be here ready to install. I will keep you in mind, look for me in the posts I am sure to need some help.
I don't think you can simply say that Red Hat is better than Mandrake, or Mandrake is better than Red Hat. Seems to me its just a personal preference. Try em both and see which one you prefer. But you if your just starting out, I would suggest either Mandrake or Red Hat, or buy Suse (which I've never heard bad things about).
I was able to download an ISO of Mandrake 9. Thought I would give it a shot. Now all I have to do is get it to install...
I have RAID built into my motherboard. I know Linux and my Highpoint controller don't get along so I installed a seperate 40GIG HDD for Linux. I used Partiton Magic to format the drive for Linux and setup 2 partition(1 for the page file/1 for everything else). The CD I have loads in Windows(Windows XP) then I select Install from CD and it tells me it has to restart. It restarts but then nothing happens. Perhaps I need to load from a floppy, if so there is an option but it wants me to select an image file, which one?
I have 80GIG of HDD space just for Linux, plenty or room to download and try all of the Linux distros, so there is no need to argue. I appreciate the help.
I've tried Peanut and I must say it was pretty bad. It wouldn't be so bad, but they included the 2.4.19 kernel but forgot the source code or the modules. So if you have hardware that isn't compiled into the default kernel you're SOL. So much for a Premium Linux OS.