I've been using Linux since 1998. I started with RedHat 5, and have gone through 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2, and now 8.0. Much has changed in these few years. I currently multi boot to Linux RH 8, Slackware 8.1, and Windows 98se. RedHat does a very good job of detecting hardware and with plug-n-play. Although some folks have been able to work around the winmodem problem, I would recommend using a hardware modem or pcmcia modem if you can. I use a Zoom Fax PCI modem. RedHat 8 works quite well as it comes. You can get it from Cheapbytes for just a few dollars, or you can pick up a book like RedHat Linux 8 the Complete Reference (dvd edition) for under $50 for a complete distro and good hard copy info. I have only seen Mandrake not owned it. If you choose to use the GUI like most people, you'll probably start with Gnome or KDE. All distros are just about the same once you're there. I just set up an old Toshiba 105c with Slackware and only around 500mb disk space. I am not using the GUI options so I can fit on some of the text based programs I like. I have a Panasonic ToughBook with a 6Gb hard drive. I dual boot that to win98se and RedHat 8 with full GUI capabilities. In all cases I am how using the free OpenOffice 1.3, which is mostly compatible with MSOffice. I use it in win98 and Linux. If you're a gamer, stay away from Linux for now. Hardcore games are slow in coming to Linux. I do have flight simulators and a bunch of other programs to run in X (the GUI). Although you could run Linux on a 386, I would recommend having at least a PII or an AMD Duron or Athlon of some sort. Current versions of Linux run with most hardware, though you may have to play around with some of the settings. Load windows first and then Linux. You can then use the settings in the windows control panel to set up difficult hardware in Linux. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and good luck. -- d Mike wrote: > I have not tried Linux, but I think Ron did a couple of years back. > I'm sure others will speak up who have experience with it. > Mike For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.