Ok I am looking for some good desktop linux distros. If you know a good one post it. Preferably one that dosen't hate dial up like most of them do, but any desktop distro will do.
I'd say SuSE or Ubuntu. Both are extremely user-friendly and ideal for everyday desktop use, however downloading them via dialup will be quite a hindrance. (Think 5gb+ for SuSE, more if you want the addons, and 600mb+ for Ubuntu)
However Ubuntu offers an alternative to downloading, in that they will happily mail you an Ubuntu Install CD (or even 40) free of charge. I'm not sure if Novell offer the same for SuSE, however I'm willing to bet that if they do, you'll end up paying for it.
I have Ubuntu running on my old eMachines at the moment with Mandrake on another HD. Ubuntu is very user friendly and easy to setup. However, if your looking to make a dial up connection from it you might want to look into a supported USB modem, most internal modems are "Soft Modems" or "Win Modems" that unless you can find the specific driver for it for linux, its not going to work, which is the probably i have right now. Just something you may want to look into.
Gentoo. Its your OS. You pick what you, what you want installed, your way. Just if you do go Gentoo, read its handbook on how to install.
Xandros. Installs in Minutes. Suse. Installs in about an hour. Ubuntu. Installs in little over an hour. Gentoo. Installs in Days. Maybe...
Gentoo is a geek's Linux. It is setup to allow for easier compiling. However, you have to compile almost everything. A simple tray icon can take 10 minutes to compile. Yahoo Messenger (Windows Version), would take over an hour. So you will be compiling for a couple of days to get the same basic use as the other distros.
Suse is one of the best distros. Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop, or SLED 10 has a fancy new 3D interface, and a custom GTK desktop enviroment, based on Gnome. So it is definately going to be a world apart from other distributions. Novell has gone all out with their latest releases.
However, it is still stuck in an RPM world. I think the results are clear, RPM is old, and DEB/APT is the way to go. *.RPMs, and *.DEBs are installation packages. You double-click the file to install a program, or library. APT is a system built around an online archive of *.DEB packages. Whenever you need to install a package, it automatically fetches any other needed packages from the archive. There are similiar RPM based systems (URPMI), but the databases are not as large, except for Fedora.
Xandros is a Windows user's distro. Many of the elements of Xandros are designed to be similiar to Windows, in order to make the transition as painless as possible. Integration is a core theme of Xandros. Integration was one of Microsoft's main goals for its software, and probably still is. Xandros uses the Debian/APT system, as opposed to RPM.
Ubuntu is a free, Debian based distro. Ubuntu is a "flavor of the month" distro. It is now getting its fifteen minutes of fame. Slackware, Yopper, Mandrake, and Suse have all been "flavors of the month". So far only Suse has had true staying power, perhaps Ubuntu will, only time will tell...
Ubuntu's biggest advantage is that is has been able to take advantage of the Debian APT archives, which allows them to have thousands of programs available for installation. The most recent version has a lot of usability enchancements, and finally allows you to double-click a *.deb file to install it. Ubuntu focuses on simplicity. They have removed all icons from the desktop, except for drive icons. A CD-ROM icon will pop-up on the desktop whenever you insert a CD. To eject it, just right-click and select Eject. While it locks the drives like the MacOS does (CD drive's eject button stops working.), dragging the icon to the trash will not eject the disc (My only gripe.).
Ubuntu is a real good distro to play with. That is not to say it is not a "professional" distro, but it isn't the best. Suse and Xandros are better if you want a more proffesional desktop OS.
You can play around with Suse, and Xandros, just not as easily. Suse does not have the large repository that Ubuntu does, and Xandros has even fewer apps in its archives... However, Xandros is a Debian distro, which means that many of the Debian/Ubuntu/Mepis/Knoppix packages will work on Xandros. Some people have upgraded older versions of Xandros, to newer versions of Ubuntu, or Deb
You can Install Gentoo in under 30 minutes if you try its Installer that comes with its Live cd.... If you do it the old way like it did doing a stage 3 you can get it done in under 2 hours if you follow the handbook..
-StaticX-I have Ubuntu running on my old eMachines at the moment with Mandrake on another HD. Ubuntu is very user friendly and easy to setup. However, if your looking to make a dial up connection from it you might want to look into a supported USB modem, most internal modems are "Soft Modems" or "Win Modems" that unless you can find the specific driver for it for linux, its not going to work, which is the probably i have right now. Just something you may want to look into.
On that note, it's called Linuxant. At least, if you have a Conexant chipset.
Ok thanks espicaly for the drivers, as soon as I go back to school I will get these with my great fiber.