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I've been a windows user all my life. I still have yet to work with linux in any form. I am, however, not computer illiterate. I was the tech support person at my high school (just graduated). Now I will be starting college, and I am buying a new laptop. I figured I would ditch windows once and for all. I see, though, that there are many distributions for linux. Please recommend me a distribution and give the reasoning. Thanks in advance.
Originally posted by Humanguin OK, here is my situation:
I figured I would ditch windows once and for all
One thing to keep in mind is that going from Windoze to Linux is like flying to a country that has all different customs and speaks a different language. You will probably have a bit of 'OS shock' to start with. Expect to spend some time learning how to do very simple things that you took for granted in Windoze. This is not a bad thing, but many people think that they can just jump from Windoze to Linux and don't expect the learning curve required to do so.
As for which distro to choose, I think that most of the major distro's (RedHat, Debian, Mandy, Suse) will be just as foreign to you as any other distro, so the choice of distro is really just personal preference at this point. My advice would be to DL a CD based distro like Knoppix, so that you can give Linux a try without having to commit any HD space to it.
I meant free as in beer. Are all these programs packaged somewhere in some way that I can conveniently download them without having to do 100000000 separate downloads? I have broadband, so large downloads are no problem.
thats the idea behind the distribution, they come with the kernel,config utilities,libraries,compilers,etc. plus many 'user' applications all on one or more discs. http://www.linuxiso.org/ and if it's not included you can find it at www.freshmeat.net
Thanks for all the help guys. I think that I'll just go with Mandrake and change later if I don't like it. The question is now whether to buy the "Power Pack." What exactly is this Power Pack? Does it just have programs on it? What would you recommend?