slackware linux, is it as hard ?

i spotted a box of slackware linux on a software store the other day. i’m interested in linux, and have tried several distro like linux debian, suse, mandrake. i’ve read in many forums that slackware linux is hard to use. is it really that hard? i mean i don’t have a problem with debian, have successfully connect a windows share thru samba with it and modified it’s kernel modules by looking at help files and man pages, so slackware shouldn’t be THAT hard, should it? anyways, i’m just using linux as a hobby of mine. i like tinkering with linux.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize the true computer geeks of the world swear by Linux and it’s probably a superior product to Windows in many ways. Except for those that really matter. Windows is the standard for about 95% of the computers in the world. For the average computer user, Windows is by far the best solution because it’s what they already know and what they are most likely to encounter.

Furthermore, there simply are not enough people using Linux for the average person to find a friend who can help them if something goes wrong.

And Linux simply does not have the popular applications that most people are using. Don’t get me wrong, I realize Linux has applications for many of the common tasks people do on a computer (word processing, browsing the internet, spreadsheets, etc). But the average person can’t take work they’ve done on a Linux computer and continue on a work or school computer.
For those who have used and love Linux, my question isn’t knocking the o/s. Guy C pretty much hit right the point of my question. When someone asks a computer question, there is always someone answering with something like "try Linux, it’s better and free". While that may be true, it does nothing to address the person’s question.

Also, I am well versed in the "try it you’ll like it" argument because I started using Firefox as my main browser about 2 years ago after being reluctant to try it. I would never go back to using IE or even Netscape as my primary again. But this brings up another point. For as good as Firefox is, it does have problems – especially handling certain types of media and there are not always extensions to address these issues. Plus some web sites just don’t work in Firefox – often web sites for things like paying bills and banking.

I bought a Acer Aspire 5004 NWLMI. Windows XP Professional is already installed. I downloaded the RHEL 4(AS) from a torrent site. I then burned the image to the cd using Nero 7. And when i boot the using the CD, the following things happen (the problem is the last thing)
1. it show ISO Linux 2.xx and boots the system
2. Then it show Redhat Enterprise Linux
- To Install or Upgrade in graphical mode, press enter key
-……………
3. I chose the enter key
4. Then it says loading vmlinuz…………
Loading initrd.img………………………
Then it detects all hardware and harddisk….(All the harddisk and the dvd drive is detected.)
5. Then it continues to the last stage saying
loading /sbin/install
running installer
loading /sbin/loader
after that the screen turns black the system stops responding…… There is no harddisk activity nor cd activity in the system.
What should i do? i tried booting the system using linux dd, linux noprobe…. but the same result…
Please help

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