"We set ourselves the task of installing and configuring various
desktop and notebook systems with five of the leading Linux
distributions: Mandriva Linux 2006, Novell Linux Desktop 9, Red Hat
Desktop 4, SUSE Linux 10 and Ubuntu Linux 5.10. We then attempted
to implement some basic business tools for each distro: connect an
email client to Microsoft's Exchange server; print on a networked
printer; and set up instant messaging.
"For each Linux distribution, we noted the smoothness of the
install process, the abundance and integration of application
software, and the depth of the support offering. Along the way, we
got a feel for each distro's stability, and how it would feel to do
real work with it..."