mandriva is one of the easiest and cleanest distros to install.
if you've got a bookstore that carries linux magazines (borders/barnes&noble), there's usually a recent distro on the cover dvd so you don't have to pay anything or wait for a long download.
I have an older Dell Dimension, It has a P4 1800 mhz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB and unfortunately it is running Windows ME. This system has one very good thing going for it. Its case is huge by today?s standards. It has 3 5.25? bays and 2 3.5? bays. Along with I believe 2 hard drive slots inside. Also has several PCI slots on the mother board. I want to try to make this system into a file server. I know that I need to get windows me off of the system but do not really want to run XP on a system that only has 256 MB of RAM. My question is if I reformat the drive would you say I would be better off loading Windows 98 SE or trying a Linux based application like, Linspire, Xandros, or Novell? The reviews of these products sound great. And the cost is amazing! In fact it is so amazing that it almost sounds too good to be true. So I wanted to get some opinions.
So based on the factors of cost, ease of setup, and reliability, what operating system would you load on this machine?