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hughesjr
My Test machine now has a whole gaggle of OS's installed (eleven) ... the latest of which is BeOS Max v3. Here are the specs of my test machine:

Processor: pIII 800 mhz (133mhz FSB)
RAM: 768mb (PC-133)
Hard Drives: (2) 60gb IDE (120gb total)
Video: Nvidia GeForce 2 400 MX (64mb)
Sound: Sound Blaster PCI 512
NIC: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100]
CD: 40x12x48 CDRW - 16xDVD (read-only)

OS's Installed: {each in a 8-10 gb partition with one boot (100meg) and one swap partition(1gb) that all the linuxes share}
Debian SID
SUSE 9.0 Professional
Slackware 9.1
Mandrake 9.2
Mandrake 10 (Beta1)
Gentoo 1.4
Fedora Core 1
RedHat 9
FreeBSD 5.2
BeOS Max v3
WhiteBox Enterprise Linux 3

The bad news is, I only have one more 10gb partition free....so I'm going to have to be choosy on that last OS....
Scuba Steve
That is amasing, tell me what you thing about Slackware 9.1. I am in the process of installing it. The reason I am loading linux is just to learn another OS. I have read all kinds of documentation on it.
hughesjr
Slackware is a good OS ... the installation isn't too awfully hard. Slackware does things differently than most other linux distros though ... There is no SYS V type init system like most other distro's, no rc1.d through rc6.d directories (just startup scripts) {not good or bad, just different}

I don't like the standard package management system ... but if you configure and use swaret to manage packages then it's OK.

Since I manage UNIX SYS V servers (HP-UX), I tend to use a different distro (RHEL or WhiteBox Enterprise Linux) based on SYS V for my production machines.

Slackware works fine ... and I like it better than SUSE ... it's more stable than Fedora Core and easier to install than Debian.

Debian has more software packages available though.

Both Debian (using sarge or sid instead of woody) and Slackware 9.1 have very recent software.

Mandrake is easier to install and has more GUI tools.

It's really a toss-up ... I would recommend either Mandrake, Debian, WhiteBox Enterprise Linux, or Slackware.
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