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There are several questions here, but the main - title question - I'll avoid completely.
Any Linux distribution can handle any of the add-on programs you are requesting. Some distributions come default installed with more of them than others. If you are a Windows user who likes windows, and doesn't want too much of a learning curve - try Lindows. If you really want to dive straight into a full Linux environment, but keep a relatively easy install - try RedHat or Mandrake. A listing of most known distributions can be found at http://www.linux.org
p2p sharing software - Kazaa is "Spy-Ware" and slows down your windows system anyway - however there are several Gnutella clients that run on Linux.
AOL Instant Messanger clients and an MSN Messenger client can both be found at source forge http://www.sf.net
Web development software? I use a text editor, so don't talk to me, but search around.
p2p - direct connect for linux and pyslsk (soulseek for linux - this has a reall easy install)
winamp - xmms
msn messenger - amsn (u can also use gaim, but if ur only using msn passport, amsn is enuff. i dont like gaim cos although it works on nearly all protocols, it is really limited to just a 1-1 chat). amsn looks and feels exactly like msn, so u wont be confused either by anything.
as for webdevelopment, im sure there are a lot to choose frm. the above are really just about what everyone uses, i think (at least the newbies)
For help on choosing a distro, look in the distros forum, there's a thread there [a sticky, I think] about choosing distro - this question is asked many times. Perhaps if you post specs / requirements, we might be able to help. The best advice is read that thread, try lots and lots, and see what you like best.
There's lots of p2p software, it depends on what you want to download. There isn't kazaa for linux as such, but lots of software. Do a search for threads with the string "p2p for linux", and you'll get lots of advice.
As for a MSN messenger client, use everybuddy [that supports multiple accounts, on yahoo, msn, icq, aim....]. I find that to be really good [but then again, I am biased to use it because I know the developers quite well]. It's very easy to use, and has pretty much all of the qualities of MSN messenger, with more features added.
Don't know about your Frontpage-esque requirement - I use a little program called nano
I'll try again when i get home from work tonight but I was continutally having problems with wxpython being recognized. I will give it another go though and if it doesn't work I will post exactly what happens.
[Edit: btw, Jamd is RH9 based and can use RH rpms]
Last edited by synecdoche; 08-20-2003 at 05:49 PM.