To Hema Jayapal,
Welcome to the "flavors"of Linux! All the above posts contained some very useful info',but i bet you are not yet confident enough to "fly"the Linux Jet,lest you may"flip"!
I will tell you a small story! Five years back, i was fed up to my gills with Win. and strangely enough i received an Ubuntu install CD from Holland! You wanna know ,what i did,come Heaven or hell, i inserted the CD and installed Ubuntu,erasing the Win.XP!The desktop(if we can call that for comparing with the Win.Desktop),sent shivers down my spine and that's the first lesson in Linux! 1) Linux needs PRIOR learning of some basics about Linux and the Distro(distribution--there are more than 350 of them) you initially want to "use to learn"
As "AnanthaP" said, the best thing going for you is ,if you have a good and reliable friend who is using a Linux flavor and is willing to help you, that should be the ideal way to START!
As "arijian", told me, do not use Linux with a Windows Mindset(he calls it the "windows syndrome and rightly so),but initially THE TRANSITION IS A BIT TAXING. The elders told us that the best way to solve a prob. is to go thru'it! No skirting around!
So, why did i come back to Ubuntu(of all the distros) after the experience i had before? Kindly visit http://www.ubuntu.com/
. In the intervening 5 years, Ubuntu has evolved beyond imagination and with a little effort i can promise you that you will feel "as snug as a bug in a rug". The user-friendliness is just AMAZING!
The next step is to make your own LIVE DVD-R OR DVD-RW (always better than a CD IMO). So,kindly read this link :https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto
(any doubts, please do not hesitate to ask--i asked many nonsensical questions as a newbie here and all posts were very supportive and friendly)
This post is getting too long and as the GURUs here say" you must be willing to put shoulder to the wheel", otherwise any amount of spoon-feeding will not help ( no offense). Finally, read this : http://thelinuxnewbie.blogspot.com/2...tu/OR kubuntu)