<b><i>email@example.com</i></b> wrote:<blockquote class="replbq" style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255); margin-left: 5px; padding-left: 5px;"><firstname.lastname@example.org>> ... i am thinking about transitioning to a linux system, or<br>> maybe partitioning my laptop to have both the existing windows xp and<br>> linux, but i'm not sure how to proceed.<br></email@example.com></blockquote>Hi Kevin,<br><br>Welcome to the group! I've been installing Linux on laptops for years.<br>The one distribution I've found to consistently work and install easily<br>has been SuSE. Specifically, SuSE 9.3. SuSE 9.3 is, IMHO, the best <br>release SuSE has put out. I had lots of problems with SuSE 10.0. The word<br>is that SuSE 10.1 looks really good, but I'll have to wait and test it before<br>passing judgement. So, for your laptop SuSE 9.3, would be by far<br>the easiest to install. SuSE also comes with lots of packages.<br>SuSE is rpm based, a turn-off for many. Some
people also don't<br>like the proprietary stuff (some drivers) SuSE puts in their distro. <br>The amazing thing about SuSE is I've been installing it on different <br>laptops since 1999 and it has always worked well. By the way,<br>the disk partition resizing feature of SuSE's installation is very easy<br>and works well.<br><br>If you want to use a Debian based distribution, you could try the latest<br>Kanotix (release 2005-4). I wasn't able to get earlier Kanotix releases <br>to work well on my laptop (an IBM Thinkpad T-20), but Kanotix 2005-4 <br>works fine. You can find Kanotix at http://www.kanotix.org. I'm sure there <br>are other distros that will work on your laptop; the two just mentioned <br>are the ones I'm sticking with because they were the least hassle to <br>install and they've worked well for me.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>Adrien<br><br><br><p>
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