This distro is extremely easy to install, but unfortunately installs at around 2.5-3 GB. It is also hardware inefficient (just like windows) but is more stable. It pulls a lot of power from your proc and requires at least 256mb of ram to run (but will run on 192 mb). Installing additional components is easy, there is an informative program browser to help you load programs off the installer disk. it also supports rpm's
overall rating:7/10 (has ntfs 5.0 r/w support)
This Distro is a live cd at only 200mb. it has a wonderfully tiny memory footprint and is loaded with a lot of helpful little programs. It looks a lot like windows 9x, reminding me of those old days and making me feel nostalgic. i am not sure it has enough power to run a program from source code.
overall rating:5/10 (has ntfs 5.0 r/w support) good for virus deletion
A good, good, distro. It is live cd/usb and is wonderful for beginners. the usb edition can be placed on a FAT flash drive, and the bootlloader installed, and it can happily coexist with your windows files(since it is reduce to two folders in the drive.). you can convert debian installers and slackware tgz's to slax modules fairly easily in konsole. Oh- did i mention, it is only 200mb? anyway, putting wine on this will make just about any windows program work. Winrar, winamp, jzip, nero, - anything! it is also good for recovery because you can scan a drive for viruses using a windows progam in wine.
overall rating:9/10 (has ntfs 5.0 r/w support)
Xubuntu 7.10 gutsy gibbon:
excellent. just like mandriva but installs into 2gb max. accepts .deb's, and has a tiny footprint. it is just like ubuntu except it uses Xfce instead of Gnome. it is *very* easy to use. it can also dual-boot with windows easily.
overall rating: 10/10 (has ntfs 5.0 r/w support)