planning to go back into Linux, what distro do you recommend?

William Park opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at
Tue Nov 8 03:53:38 UTC 2005

On Mon, Nov 07, 2005 at 08:42:16PM -0500, Simon Tonekham wrote:
> To whom it may concern:
> I'm living in the Ajax-Pickering area and I'm planning to go back into 

Probably, Peterborough LUG is closer (in time) to you than TLUG. :-)  By
the way, PLUG meets 2nd Thursday.

> the world of Linux after a long absence of going into the operating 
> system. I used to try Mandriva linux, but I quickly lost interest, so 
> I've uninstalled it off my computer system. My computer system consists 
> of the following:
> - Intel P4 at 1.4Ghz
> - Intel D850GB Mainboard
> - 256 MB RDRAM
> - 120GB Western Digital Hard Drive 7200rpm, 8mb cache (currently 
> occupied by Windoze XP Pro SP2)
> - 30GB Quantum Maxtor Hard Drive 7200rpm, 2mb cache (currently vacant)
Put your Linux here, on a separate harddisk.

> - LG 16X DVD-ROM drive (equiv. to 48x Max CD-ROM)
> - LG GSA-4163B 16X dual-layer DVD burner
> - Nvidia RIVA TNT2 AGP Video card at 32MB
> - ATI TV Wonder VE PCI TV tuner, complete with remote wonder remote control
> Anyway, I used to try Mandriva, but what are the other distros that I 
> should get into? I want to know that if there's a distro that can:
> - Read NTFS partitions
> - Read/Write VFAT partitions

This is kernel issue, not distro.  You can always recompile.

> Some distros allow you to read an NTFS partition, while others don't. My 
> other option is to create a VFAT partition, probably on either on my 
> 120GB hard drive or my 30GB hard drive.
> I'm considering getting into Fedora, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, SuSE or I may go 
> back to Mandriva. I have Knoppix and I already got a "feeling" into the 
> operating system.

Well, try all.  Partition your 30GB harddisk into 6 partitions, and
install all of them onto their own partition.

William Park <opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at>, Toronto, Canada
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