AFAIK the NTFS support is to enable resizing of NTFS formatted partitions,
containing installations of NT based versions of MS Windows (NT/2000/xp).
Basically, all current Linux distros will mount your Windows drives/partitions
and will enable read/write access to FAT32 drives/partitions, and read only,
access to NTFS drives/partitions, from within your Linux system of choice.
The version numbers of each Linux distro (Mandrake 9.1, SuSE 8.2 . . . )
are little more than marketing devices. The true version number for each
distro, is the version of the Linux kernel it contains. In SuSE 8.1, which is
my current distro, the Linux kernel version is 2.4.19. Essentially, if you
strip out all customisations each individual commercial Linux distributor
makes to each individual distro, you'll end up with nearly bare bones
distros of Linux, that all look and work more less the same.
All current Linux distros will most likely contain KDE v3.1 and GNOME v2.2.
These are both graphical desktop environments you get to choose from at
startup when you login to most versions of Linux. SuSE and Mandrake
distros favour KDE as the default desktop environment in their distros,
whereas RedHat Linux favours GNOME. IMO, the most Windows like
and easiest to use of these desktop environment is KDE.
For ease of installation, and use, I recommend you go for SuSE Linux.
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