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I started off with Ubuntu, but was having problems with it. Probably because I was editing my config files etc via the tutorials I was finding. This is on an Intel P4 1.5ghz. It was really user friendly and I found my way around easily, and the support forum was fantastic. If you go with it, be sure to spend time on ubuntu.org and read through ubuntugude.org... most of your questions will be answered on the latter.
I goofed my first install, and tried Kubuntu... which is not as developed as Ubuntu was (so I was told by a senior membor in the forum). I ended up reformatting again, and going back to Ubuntu. So I think your best be is to install Ubuntu, and install KDE afterwords as Pcghost said.
It's probably my fault, but while configuring files etc, I kept getting HAL errors while booting, I finally gave up on it and switched to Debian 3.1 Sarge... I havent had a problem since.
Basically look at FC4, Slackware, Mandriva, Ubuntu, or kubuntu. To select one just toss a coin or roll dice. They all have what you want. As for Gentoo or Linux from Scratch then if you have a good knowledge of your systems hardware give them a go, They are not really for a first in beginner, UNLESS you do have good background knowledge of hardware.
Originally posted by Michael Johnson Basically look at FC4, Slackware, Mandriva, Ubuntu, or kubuntu. To select one just toss a coin or roll dice. They all have what you want. As for Gentoo or Linux from Scratch then if you have a good knowledge of your systems hardware give them a go, They are not really for a first in beginner, UNLESS you do have good background knowledge of hardware.
Slackware is hardly for a beginner, either, unless it's an extremely adventurous beginner!
I would put myself in the same boat as you, a long time computer user who was fed up with windows. The only difference is that I am a programmer. What I did was to download the 'live' distros and see what found and sorted my hardware the best. Slax run off the disk, connecting to the 'net and working the monitors.
I have installed slackware 10.1 and its up and running. I do admit that I dont want stuff to be too easy, IMHO the times you really learn is when things dont work 1st time, I also thought slackware is the longest running and has the bigger (that I have seen) user base of people that an really do stuff with their install.
Actually, Debian 3.1 is quite easy to configure and use. The new installer is very similar to Ubuntu's. I managed to get by for a long time without using the command line. Debian is also very expandable, and has a whole bunch of good features that you will have to go somwhere else to find out as I can't remember them all. Anyway, Debian is good; better than Ubuntu, in my opinion. But you probably should try several distributions, like I did and see for yourself what you like best.