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I'm a Windows user and personally i'm quite sick of Microsoft's monopoly. I'm ready to make the switch to a better future. What distro would you recomend? I know basic shell but I prefer a GUI installation. And I hate having to install all these other dependancies to install the program I want. Simplicity is what I need until I can get used to Linux and move to a more powerful distrobution.
Mandrake, Fedora and SuSE are very good and easy to use. I personally love SuSE, but Mandrake is a good choice too. Dependencies are easily handled today by using URPMI (Mandrake), apt-get (Fedora) and YaST (SuSE).
They all can be configured to install all packages and dependencies directly from the Internet with a single command. I remember installing RPM's in Mandrake with a simple (double-click) on the package with gurmpi (the graphical interface of urpmi).
Well, pick up your weapon, them choose one of the ammos above. You will be quite pleasured if those tools are well configured
SuSE all the way! It comes with 7 GBs worth of programs, has a beautiful GUI, and is very user-friendly. I was a Windows user at one time and this is the distro I've settled with. Also, if you don't want to give up Windows, the SuSE setup (YaST) will partition your hard drive without you havening to do ANYTHING.
I would recommend that you try distrobutions with "Live CDs" version. This way you can load linux off the cd and you can experience each one. Also this is an effective way to detect and major hardware compatibility problems. I personally tried to use debian was my Desktop OS but I was frustrated with configuring wireless card. So I quickly switched to slackware.
I'd have to say that Mandrake 10 is a very nice operating system for beginners to Open Source. A close second and really both distributions may switch places depending on what level of a 'beginner' you are would be Fedora Core 3.