Hi, my name is Dan, and I'm new to the forums!
I've inherited a PC for personal use (1.6ghz Intel Celeron D processor, 80gb HDD, 512mb ram, nothing special) and I'm looking for a Linux distribution that would enable me to make optimal use of the system resources for music production (IE: Multi-Track mixing, VST instruments, MIDI interfaces, low latency audio I/O, etc) but also to run basic things like MSN IM & web access (like Pigin and FireFox).
I like Ubuntu (i've only ever used the LiveCd, never tried it from a HDD before) but I'm afraid it might use up too much of the systems resources for me to use mixing software (Using Adobe Audition 1.5 in XP was a nightmare. Major lag & constantly crashing).
Anyway, if you guys could help me out chosing the right distribution of Linux that would be great (I have absolutely no programming skills whatsoever, although I think I may have a QBasic book lurking around in the attic somewhere!) and I'd really appreciate your help