Originally Posted by nasa_pete
i have finally had a enough of windows and i want to change my laptop to linux, firstly what is the best distro that people recommend, i am trying to decide between ubuntu, fedora, mandriva and ultimate.
secondly how do i go about installing all the drivers on a acer aspire 5920G laptop, and where can i download these from?
any help is greatly appreciated, and if possible just in simple english as this is really new to me
I wouldn't say there is a "best distro" out there.
I would say gentoo linux is the best but quite honestly everyone would have a different opinion.
Its a matter of what you like and what you don't like.
I like Gentoo because It goes MUCH deeper into how linux works. For obvious reasons this wouldn't be good for somebody just starting out with linux.
Ubuntu has been known to be easy to use for people just starting with linux. (I find xubuntu to be faster and easier than ubuntu but thats just me)
Drivers in linux are included in the linux kernel. Any support for the hardware is included in the kernel that comes with the linux distro. You don't have to download drivers like in windows.
I hope I didn't use to many linux related terms.
Oh yeah and the linux kernel has nothing to do with popcorn... err... just so you know!
Also in case you are wondering, I have two computers one with gentoo linux and one with windows xp.
I primarily only use the windows xp one for games. Even then thats not very often.