slackware3.0 or redhat2.1

hello i am going to start to load linux. the beginer book and it had both of the versions on it. the book goes over the slackware3.0 but it includes redhat in case you have a problem. my question is which is better.? and can i use my generic ide cd-rom with linux.?
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laeuchliCommented:
I would say redhat might be a little easier to load and use. If you are a beginer start with redhat. Yes you can use your generic ide cdrom. Happy linuxing! Welcome to the club! :-)!!!
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csmAuthor Commented:
is ther a difference between the slackware3.0 and redhat2.1 as far as power. and if i choose slackware latter do i have to reformat the partition i will put red hat on thanks. or can i jsut load slackware ontop, since they are both linux.
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laeuchliCommented:
Sorry to be severl months late in answering. I just didn't see the comment. No there is no difference in power, and I would think you would have to reformat the partion.
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