MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13604 posts, RR: 63 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 951 times:
I´m using the SuSe distribution (now a branch of Novell) on my AMD Duron Pentium 3 equivalent, and have been so far quite happy with it. I had some problems though, when I recently upgraded from SuSe 8.1 to SuSe 9.2 wit the 2.6 Kernel. After the update, my computer refused to recognise certain hardware, especially my old HP Deskjet 500 printer. After a little consulting with the support hotline (very competent) and playing around with different kernel extension modules (known in the Windows world as hardware drivers), I managed to get it working.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13604 posts, RR: 63 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 938 times:
One thing that usually works very well with the SuSe distribution is the Yast installation and configuration tool. SuSe will first install a temporary Linux system, under which Yast runs. This is being used to set up all the hardware etc.. Then it will write the configuration files for the Linux that will run on the computer. Almost idiot proof.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13604 posts, RR: 63 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 919 times:
Debian has the reputation of being more something for advanced Linux users, who know how to work with the console and know how to manually configure the kernel. I haven´t heard of Gentoo so far. Here in Germany SuSe is the best known distribution, you can get the professional version (which I would advice to buy) for about €70,- . It comes with a fat instruction manual and several thousand programs, including various server software. Their default desktop enviroment is KDE, but you can as well chose to use Gnome or a non-graphical interface (going through a console, similar to the old MS DOS for slow, old computers or pure servers).