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Which Linux?

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Which Linux?

I will soon be switching to linux on my main PC but am unsure which distro to go for I am contemplating Suse or Mandriva but the deciding factors would be:

Ease of getting my printers, scanner and ADSL to work.

My printers are:

1) HP Officejet K60
2) HP Laserjet 1200 Series

The officejet will be connected to my PC via USB however I can use either USB or parallel for the laserjet.

My Scanner Is:

Epson Perfection 2480 Photo

My ADSL modem is:

PN Supplied Binatone ADSL 500 Revision B

The other deciding factor would be to be able to partition my hard disks so that:

1) The original hard disk will be left as is with 3 partitions and windows installed.
2) My newer 120GB disk will be split into two with the linux partition getting the lions share.

Would appreciate any help on this I can't use any "expert" distros as the PC is used by two others with far less knowledge of PC's than myself I am going to get enough questions after the switch about doing things in linux despite keeping same web browser, e-mail program and office suite!
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Which Linux?

Try many distributions and find one that you like. Mandrake and Suse are good starting points.

As for the USB modem, I would recommend looking for a ADSL router, much easier and better in the long run.

Chilly
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Which Linux?

I've tried Red Hat (before and since fedora core), SUSE and Mandrake (Now Mandriva). For ease of installation Mandriva wins. For hardware support SUSE and Mandriva are good. I had problems with Fredora and some of my more obscure hardware. Fedora has gone up a couple of versions since I last tried it, but I get the impression, from talking to others, that it may be a little unstable.
If stability is what you are looking for, take a look at Debian, it tends to be a little more conservative than most and as a result is pretty rock solid.
I can't comment on support for your hardware, other than to say the printers are unlikely to be a problem with most of the poular distros.
I would agree withChilly and reccomend that you look for an ADSL router instead of the modem, it will pay you back in the end.
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Which Linux?

gentoo

www.gentoo.org

you will never look back
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Which Linux?

If you want to try RedHat Enterprise Linux.

http://www.centos.org/

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CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free.


prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor = RedHat

Chilly
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Try many distributions and find one that you like. Mandrake and Suse are good starting points.

As for the USB modem, I would recommend looking for a ADSL router, much easier and better in the long run.

Chilly


I will eventually as I want to share the connection between my laptop and big PC but cannot afford it at the moment, My modem comes with linux drivers but I have read other people have had trouble to get it to work on the latest version of mandriva.
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gentoo

www.gentoo.org

you will never look back


Just looked at the site - not for me just yet.
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Which Linux?

LinuxPrinting.org is great for printer compatibility information:
The K60 works mostly.
The 1200 works perfectly.

It's not distro-specific.

Similarly, try the SANE project for scanner information; the Perfection 2480 has 'basic' support.

My advice for a distro suitable for beginners is always the same. Each major distro is associated with a colour; beginners should go for one of the primary colours: red, green or blue, representing Red Hat, SuSE or Mandriva. However, I do always recommend considering MEPIS, which is Debian-based but still easy to use.

I also agree with the advice to get a router, but I see no reason why you can't annoy PN asking them to provide up-to-date drivers.