Originally posted by studpenguin
[B]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.
KNOPPIX IS REALLY WAY BETTER THAN MANDRAKE FOR A NOVICE LINUX USER TRYING TO GET OFF THE WINDOWS TIT A.S.A.P,
WITH A SMOOTH TRANSITION
This article really describes why
Here's an excerpt.
Knoppix is known for its wonderful hardware detection capabilities. It should detect most video and sound cards.
We tested it on three PCs: a Shuttle 41G2 with a Geforce 4 ti4200 a Micron PC with Matrox Parhelia and a Toshiba A35-S1592 Laptop. Video and sound detection was no problem. USB device detection was spotty. My SanDisk Cruzer 256MB USB Keychain was not detected, but was detected in Knoppix version 3.2. It also did not support hotplugging (connecting the device after boot up) of USB devices, which is something that Windows users enjoy.
Knoppix was able to sense all the network cards and pull a DHCP IP Address from our router. The only minor glitch was on the Shuttle 41G2; I had to manually tell the network card to pull DHCP addresses.
Some people want to install Linux on their computers, but are not sure if their hardware will be supported. It would be unfortunate to go through a lengthy install of Red Hat or Mandrake, for example, to subsequently learn your latest and greatest hardware is undetected. Knoppix can be used as a good test of hardware compatibility, before going through an actual install. If Knoppix detects it, then the other distributions should also detect it. "
The moral of my story is, don't buy into every bit of advice here . . . search thoroughly for yourself what works best for your own unique situation.
There's always a good chance that someone with years of experience here doesn't have a shred worth of advice to help you if you don't question him and do your own research.
AND MOREOVER YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO COMPLAIN LOUDLY AND PROUDLY!!!!