Favorite Linux distros? Answered
OK guys- time for your inner Linux zealot to come out!
My PC now has two hard disks. One has working installations of XP x64 (with all my games) and Ubuntu 8.04 (with all my media stuff) which I want to leave alone. The other is a blank canvas now I've taken all my files off it, and given I have one disk with my primary OSs on it I'm thinking of chopping the empty one into a number of smaller partitions so I can have a multitude of OSs to choose from.
I already know XP (32 bit) and Puppy Linux are going on to it, but I probably don't need another Ubuntu so the rest are up for grabs. Which other distros do people recommend?
Criteria: they must:
- be free (as in beer, not overly bothered about as in speech)
- fit into a roughly 20GB partition (with an external /share for big files)
- not mess with my GRUB.
I'm primarily thinking of the non-Debian family major distros, but relative unknowns are welcome.
Related question- I've got used to installing dual boot XP/Linux, you just install Linux second and GRUB plays nicely with XP, but does anyone have experience dual-booting the Windows 7 Beta? Does its fancy-pants new bootloader have issues that preclude easy dual-boot installs?