Thanks for responding PK,
Didn’t intend the post to be flamebait… but at least I didn’t ask about differences or opinions about Windows vs Linux.
As far as the comment I made about RedHat disk partitioning, I meant to say no disk partitioning tool. That according to a review I read at ExtremeTech.com. Wasn’t sure how that might affect my ability to load it in either a dual or tri boot.
I realize that this post may result in flames, but at the same time, there may be distros that people would recommend that I avoid completely, or other distros that they recommend wholeheartedly. Or know of issues with drivers or stability or performance problems. Or issues with a distro and OGL functionality. Or who knows what else. Of course, being completely off-topic, perhaps it just makes it worse.
And, actually, I had never heard of Gentoo, so it gives me another option I can research. And, although IDEs, distros, tools, utilities, browsers, etc are a personal choice, I would rather not have to try out 5 or 6 different ones before finding one that meets some minimal standard of acceptability. Though, that may be my only option.
Since I am a Linux newbie having only installed Mandrake a while back and used it minimally does anyone know if a tri boot will work with Win2k as the primary, and RedHat 8.0 and Mandrake 9.0 as secondary and tertiary? I know the dual boot is no problem, but I figured I could take a look at RedHat while I am at it. Oh, well. I’ll just back up my data and give it a go. If it doesn’t work I can just repair my Win2k drive and format the others.
Also, will executables (x86 Linux) work on all Linux distros (x86) or do they have to be compiled for each? I think I read that somewhere, though there has to be some standard for cross distro executables if that is the case… is there?
And, one last question, if I do have multiple Linux distros, and they use the same file system (probably ext3), will they be able to read, write, open files from the other hard drive? I assume so, but just want to verify.