Having tried out that distribution myself, I must admit it's quite far from being an easy ride out of the box. As usual, the first thing to do before installing it is doing a backup of all your important data ( especially if this is your first jump in the Linux world ). Fedora Core 2 ships with the 2.6 kernel ( 2.6.5 ) which seems to boot a bit differently then the 2.4 kernel. The direct consequence is that it could render your Windows impossible to boot. There is a simple work-around for this problem consisting of going into your BIOS & setting HDD transfer mode to LBA & not leaving it on AUTO. Another "bug" out of the box, is an issue with the nVidia drivers ( 5336 ). The default Fedora kernel comes with an option that the nVidia drivers do not really like & if you try to install & run them you'll have a black screen & a system not responding. It's an issue with the kernel's 4k / 8k kernel stack. It's epsecially ridiculous considering Fedora will boot by default in runlevel 5 ( graphical ) even if you tell it you're installing a server. If you have this problem, when you get to grub, edit the Linux boot line & add single at the end of the line. It'll boot in single mode which is kind of a safe mode. Edit /etc/inittab & replace the default run-level to 3. Another thing I noticed is when rebooting, Fedora thinks it might be a good idea to turn off the HDDs. Once you reboot & you get to the POST screen, they are turned on again. I'm sure HDDs love getting turned on & off all the time for no reason.:rolleyes: I'm very disappointed with this distribution, it's so unpolished it feels like a test-release.