I've had enough with Windows.
I love the GUI, but I've spent enough time, money, and effort and I'm tired of the glitches and everything else that makes me leary of it.
I'm concerned about the transition. I want to make it as smooth as possible.
It's important that I get a reliable version of Linux and all the equivalent application software with good GUI and compatibility w:
firewall, browser, Excel, Power point, Word, phot editors, and HTML editors etc.
I suppose what I'm asking is if anyone knows of any comprehensive transitional guides of what I'm use to doing with Windows that can be done with Linux with a steep and economical learning curve as absolutely possible.
What could someone refer me to?
Let me say the least I have at my disposal right now is the machine described below, but somehow I bet there is A LOT MORE different opinions and information on something better, especially with the faster smarter machines I intend to own 2GHZ+ & gb RAM &
What is a FreekBox?
FreekBoxes are computers built at FREE GEEK from donated parts. They can be earned by any individual in exchange for 24 hours of work at the Community Technology Center under the Adoption program.
FreekBoxes are built to be as similar as possible to each other, and we do not take requests. This is what goes into a Freekbox (specifications expressed as ranges may fall anywhere within that range).
Pentium II - 200 to 266 MHz
80 96MB RAM!
2 to 3 GB hard drive
8x or better CD ROM drive
Floppy disk drive
14 or 15 inch color monitor
33.6k - 56k Modem
The most common things people want to do with their computer are word processing, web browsing, and email. FreekBoxes have been primarily designed to do these things. The software on the FreekBoxes is all Open Source software. Specifically, the operating system we use is Debian Linux. For word processing and other office-type applications, we use OpenOffice.org 1.0, which is very similar to the widely used Microsoft Office suite.
There's a wide range of other software on the FreekBoxes, including the GnuCash personal finance software, Galeon web browser, The Gimp image editing software, and several games.
Support for FreekBoxes
When someone gets a FreekBox, they are also entitled to a class, where they learn basic use of the computer. We offer phone technical support on Friday afternoons after 3 pm, and can make appointments to do repair most days. There is also an email list for people who have FreekBoxes, so they can help each other out with exploring their new computers and share success stories.
It should be noted that we cannot support FreekBoxes that have had a different operating system installed or that have had hardware changes.
[Freekbox Manual] [Web Page for Adopters]
that I earned at --- www.freegeek.org