For my system all I wanted was to install Matlab and set up an SSH server. Here are my results:
Mandrake 10.0: Could not detect ethernet card. Matlab installed OK.
Knoppix: Could not detect hard drive
Suse: Installed, not sure how to set up ssh server, Matlab installed OK, Matlab would not load
because it could not "find" the validation CD in the CD rom (same one that it installed from
so it was obviously ok).
Yoper: Would not install correctly because of the hard drive was not detected properly.
Ubuntu: Installed ok, not sure how to set up ssh server, Matlab would not install.
Mandrake 10.1: SSH server installed, Matlab would not install.