Well, the only person nearby who has any experience with Linux is a Slackware fanboy. He insists that all distributions are < Slackware. I actually enjoy Mandrake for its increased device support. First time in my experience with Linux distributions (Redhat, previous versions of Mandrake, Fedora) that I didn't experience problems with my integrated soundcard. I think Mandrake is excellent for people who don't already know Linux and want to run Linux. Slack is moreso for people who know Linux and want to run Linux. When you mess up in Linux, regardless of the distribution, you get beat. Mandrake chooses to beat with a pillow while other flavors beat with some sort of carbon rod. Either way, I thought that Mr.Slackware's opinion was that of the general populous. I like Mandrake.