I really am a Linux newbie but since discovering distros on computer mags I've been totally converted, although I'm still a bit reluctant about going HD until I'm sure I can do everything I can do in Windows.
I like distros which run from USB stick, but I can't find one yet that does everything I want. As a new member, I've been asked to pose a question. I'm afraid I've got quite a few.
1. I've got knoppix usb'd and running great in persistent and can write back to the stick, but can't access the internet or get sound.
2. Puppy Linux is brilliant - so much fun in so little space - but I can't get it to talk to my Conexant HSF PCI modem. If I could get online, I'd be able to add some of the great PET packages, especially Open Office, which is so cool in Knoppix and ubuntu.
3. Ubuntu is fantastic on USB. Followed a complex (for me) install routine and was delighted that it worked. I can go online using a cut-down really slow Linuxant trial modem driver. Again good sound.
The really big problem with Ubuntu is that I can't save changes back to the stick. It won't let me write to casper, usblive, my PC hard-drives or anything else. Part of the problem might be that I just don't understand all this session/login/root stuff. But when I boot it doesn't ask me to log in.
I'm only learning, but Linux has really put the fun back into computing for me. It's even better than the day I got a second-hand Amiga 1200.
If I could take the best of all the above packages and put them together so's I had Open Office, saves back to the USB stick and internet access I'd happily ditch XP and go Linux.
I see that this is a genuinely friendly forum and I look forward to some sound advice and answers to all those questions above. Sorry there's so many.
But as for Linux, I'm lovin' it!
(apologies to Justin)