Do yourself and me a favor - use SuSE 10.1 It's stable, there is a commercial version, it has excellent hardware support, there's no good reason to not use it.
The home page for the community (read free) version is here:
You want version 10.1 The download links are here:
I have SuSE installed, now what?
If you have NVIDIA Graphics or ATI you have to download the drivers and install them.
Here... is a link that should get you up and running in no time with everything you need.
as suse likes to say
"Have Lots of Fun!"