If you have a good enough internet connection, it is probably worth your while to download a LiveCD version of Linux, that is one that runs from the CD without using your harddrive. This is a good test to make sure your hardware is compatible with Linux (though looking at what you posted, it should be fine). Knoppix
is a popular LiveCD, although I prefer SLAX
and SLAX is a considerably smaller download.
Many distros are considered user friendly. Ubuntu
is by far the most popular, though Fedora Core
should be fine as well. If you want to try a BSD, PC-BSD
(based on FreeBSD
) is the most user friendly of them. If you're the type that likes spending money, Xandros
is a good option. To quote DistroWatch
: "Xandros Desktop is without a doubt the most user-friendly distribution on the market and highly recommended to first-time Linux users." ...the catch is it'll cost you $40-$99.