Posted by: Anonymous
on November 23, 2008 06:46 PM
Hi, I do not want to come across as being critical so please do not take this the wrong way. I feel that since you are having so many difficulties installing linux on your systems you must be doing something fundamentally wrong at the very beginning. The list of distros that you named are all in my opinion except for Knopix (which I believe is still meant to be run as a live CD session) much easier to install than Windows XP or especially Vista. You did not mention what problems you have run across but I bet if you are trying to set up a dual boot system then you might be having problems understanding the set up of the HD's and possibly Grub (the boot loader). All of these distros are either live CD's or DVD's at download or a live one is available. If your systems successfully starts up and runs under a live session and it recognizes your hardware then your install to hd should go without too much difficulty. I have been looking for a new distro to use so have tried most on your list with out any difficulties except for a wireless card not working on some. In my opinion the easiest ones to try would be Ubuntu, Mepis, Fedora, and Dream Linux and the order that I listed them has nothing to do with how easy I think each is, only listed them as they came to my mind as I thought about it. Oh also Mandravia should be added to that list as well and I am sure that there are others. Have you tried to get your difficulties resolved using the various distros user forums? I have not been on any lately where you cannot get good friendly useful help. I do not want to post my email address here but if you want to join the Mepis forums at http://mepislovers.org you can after logging in go to the private messages area and send me a private message if you have any questions you think I might be able to help you with. My user name there is robert3353. I hope to hear from you as I know that we will be able to get linux up and running on your systems with out too many difficulties.