Recently, I decided to feed my interests in Linux, and researched about it. I took the test in the sticky, and found out that I'm most suitable with these Distros.
Now, I tried Ubuntu, as it seems like it's the easiest out of the three to use, most user/beginner friendly. However, it didn't work out.
My laptop is a HP Pavillion dv6500. It seems like Ubuntu has been experiencing a lot of problems with this kind of laptop. In the 7.04 release, it wouldn't even install. In the 7.10 it improved, but there's no sound. I tried the alternative, Kubuntu, but came to no avail. It wouldn't install, saying that there's something wrong with my I/O device.
So it came down to these two, Open Suse or Mandriva.
Just an advice would do, and why it's more suitable.
I'm a college student so I'm not looking for anything too high-tech. My knowledge is also not too good about computers, and definitely nothing about Linux.
My laptop is pretty good in its specification, IMHO. It's got a Core 2 Duo T7700, which has a clock speed of 2.4 GHz. Not bad for a laptop. It's got a 2GB of RAM, with a graphic card 8400 GS nVidia.
I learned a little of HTML but I doubt it would help me with learning Linux, or would it? Not much other programming background though. Just a little in matlab, and currently learning a little about Python.
Any advice on which is better to use?
Edit: Another thing that I might add, since it's pretty important.
I'm going to need to dual boot with Vista, since I'm gonna be using it in college. I have an empty partition in my hard drive already, from the Ubuntu installation, which I already emptied. Also, if do any of the two support DHCP? My internet connection in campus uses this and ubuntu supported it. It's just that if Open Suse or Mandriva doesn't support it, it's gonna be quite a lot of hassle.
Edited by KIDRoach, 06 January 2008 - 06:27 PM.