[quote=“Cobra_Commander”]What is the difference between Debian and other distributions such as SUSE and Fedora?
I want to install it at home on my Pentium III, mostly to do some word processing and
may be some PHP.
I had some problem with SUSE 9.1 when it comes to configuring my ViewSonic flat
Well, Debian is the GNU/Linux distribution, meaning that it is not maintained by a single company, but rather by many people around the globe (in contrast to SUSE, Fedora) and absolutely free software. You can do with it what ever you want, even redistribution after modifications. Debian is considered to be the most stable Linux distribution available, and you can install it on up to 14 different hardware platforms. All this make the stable branch a bit outdated, because it takes time to do all this work.
But, there is an unstable branch, which I use. It is considered to be as stable as many other distributions available and it probably has the highest number of packages available, so you have a lot of software to choose from, which you can install by just a command line. Oh, and did I mention that with Debian you can upgrade your distribution by just typing one command line, even if there is a new version available.It is really convenient.
Then there are a few distributions that are based on Debian, such as Ubuntu, Knoppix etc. They are typically using the unstable branch and do their own modifications, where Debian typically uses the sources as is, so the software is the way it is meant to be by the author. In contrast to that, SUSE or Fedora change the software quiet a bit, to imprint their own philosophy.
If you are new to Linux, I would not suggest to go straight for Debian, but rather take a distribution that is based on Debian. They are more user friendly and typically you can convert them afterwards into a full-sized Debian distribution, if you think the current distribution limits you too much. So I’d go for Knoppix or Ubuntu. I have not tried the latter one, but the first one is rather good.