im looking to get linux - fedora or mandriva - but cant afford to download 4 gigs worth. anyone know wher ei can get?
alternatively, I have ubuntu live cd any one know how to make it boot from a hard drive?
opk going to try it
i have 3 hard drives so will use one for linux.
Like sheedatali said Ubuntu is the best option for you. they send you a set of CDs to your home FREE and its easy to install too. But I don't think you can use separate hard disks to make a dual boot PC. all boot records has to be in a one hard disk I think.
Gentoo is a pretty nice distribution, but since you look like you're looking for ease-of-use, probably stick to something like ubuntu for a while. Gentoo takes quite a bit of configuration and know-how, so once you feel like you've become familiar with linux systems, probably try out gentoo.
It is possible to order a CD at a small cost.
Mandriva is a very nice looking distro I have to admit.
Ubuntu or Kubuntu are nice as well though, and a fraction of the size. Ubunti is around 600MB I believe.
If you're on dial up, any distro is going to xost a lot though, except DSL (Damn Small Linuz). But this distro isn't pretty. It's only 50MB, so is really only for use on pen drives.