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I am a newbie that wants to learn about Linux operating systems for use on legacy hardware. Specifically, I bought 12 pentium 3's that used to be in an industrial video teleconferencing network. They were cheap ($17 ea.) and they came with wireless keyboards and mice, drawing tablets, near field audio monitors and small amps. I thought maybe I could make juke boxes or video control units for light shows. Originally I figured that since my location in the country seems to eat computers when they are online, I would just use them as disposable internet computers. What better firewall than two feet of open space with no connection to your good computer! so whadda ya think?
Well, I'd grab a Debian CD (netinstall preferred if you have a broadband connection), install it and start fiddling around. You can, of course, choose a different distribution. Just go to distrowatch.com and pick one of the top 10. Generally I've heard gurus say that if you really want to learn linux, use one of the big three -- Slackware, Gentoo, or Debian...
The first two are debian specific, the last one is linux specific. Also google a lot for terms like "linux newbie" for general documentation or google your specific issue. The best way to learn is to just start working on solving a problem (like getting the drawing tablets to work, etc). Find something you want to do with it and start taking the steps to get there.
Also, there's some good newbie docs at the Linux Documentation Project.