I have recently been seeing so many of these threads popping up and they all have some things in common. But the biggest thing I see is that when asking they don't really let us know what they are looking for out of there system. Well I am hoping that this will help.
For starters here is a really great place to start. http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/in...lect_lang=true
This simple quiz really does give you a good base line. Please start there.
Also this will give you some help on choosing a laptop that will work really well with linux
. I use this all the time before choosing a distro for
a friends laptop or even purchasing a laptop.
Now that you got your baseline lets go a step further. I want something that is really comparable to windows. Then I would say start with PcLinuxOS or Xandros or Linspire.
Well that is all fine but I really don't want something that looks too much like windows but I still want it to be pretty newbie friendly.
Then my friend here are some great distros.
or any of its offspring like Xubuntu, Edubuntu and so on.
Hey what about me. I want to be a uber linux geek and know the ins and out of my system and don't forget about the server. Well here is some great choices for you.
"Hey no one will help me. Where can I find info in the mean time". Well first off that could be because you might have not given enough information or you just seem flat out lazy. But never fear friends, We have done some searching for you. (Google What a wonderfull but mysterious thing you are.)
Rute Linux Tutorial
The Linux Documentation project
Linux man pages on the web
Printer Support and Driver information
Wireless cards with FREE Drivers (no ndiswrapper needed)
Linux Hardware Review Site (good place to check for support of a particular motherboard)
Linux Questions Search (Good place to see if someone has already asked)
So in short for all new people looking at linux the main point is that linux is about choices. You just need to try them for your selves. One section I even left out was the live distros which can really help to see if linux is even right for you.