Ok having used BSD (BSD/OS and FreeBSD) since '96, installed it on many machines both personal and production boxes I recently decided to upgrade my laptop which had been running FreeBSD 4.10 for a while to FreeBSD 5.3
as there is an app that I want to run that is better supported under FBSD 5.3.
Imagine my suprise when finding out that Xfree has been replaced with XOrg and is a bit trickier to install a window manager and X and takes up a hell of a lot more room. Now I’ll eventually sit down and hack around and get X installed but I thought ok, so lets try a Linux distro for the first time.
I dual boot the laptop between Win2000 and FBSD and have FBSD bootmgr installed to dual boot.
So looking around at some Linux distro’s I see Mandrake is at a minimum a 3 ISO d/l, Fedora is 3 or 4 ISO’s. Suse is one ISO but a bit behind. There is Debian and Slackware both a bit behind but both one ISO to d/l.
Which one are people using the most these days? My main issue is hardware support obviously. Laptop is an A21M Thinkpad. Running both a Prism2 based Netgear wireless card and a Dlink 670 ethernet card. Both cards work seamlessly on FreeBSD 4.10 and 5.3.
So any recommendation for a linux distro for a laptop?