I tried the mint cassandra live. It is exactly what I am looking for as a linux distro on my ASUS. Recognizes everything, including 40gb usb disk and sata 160gb, radeon 9200 card, dsl network, plays dvd's, etc. The installation is a problem. I have looked at Linux Gazette article (linuxgazette.net/136/lazar.html) and wonder if it is good for doing cassandra. I do not want to blow my windows installation or mess up my mbr (again). If I have to 'manually' partition, what do I choose? I 'see' only two present linux 'things,' ( I have presently FC7, which I am not too happy with), most other installs ask if you want to just use existing linux partitions. Is there any such instruction for Mint?