I first tried Linux a few years back..it was a previous release of Mandrake..it worked ok...but I still wasn't able to really do anything. I've used Windows 98/ME and XP. That's great and all..but it seemed like the OS's were very unstable, not very secure, full of bugs, and I had to keep upgrading almost every time. I just installed RedHat 9 . The installation was great..I really liked the new graphical installer, auto partitioning. The desktop Managers are fantastic (I use KDE), and it found all my hardware without any problems at all. The networking was a breeze ( I am on cable...found that right away). It just seems so much nicer..everything can be configured to how you want it, it runs NICELY on 256mb of ram (just need a larger HD). I use OpenOffice for documents and other workstuff, and I can set the KDE environment to function like MAC, or Windows...etc.
I need a few Windows apps..so I installed Wine..and they run without and problems, I am still learning Linux..but it seems like the whole OS (all the current distros) is much more refined and cleaned up. My USB printer works great..and I can set up a secure login for multiple users. If anyone is looking to change..I HIGHLY recommend RH9 (or any other recent distribution). Thank you to all the people that have contributed to the recent releases..the hard work shows. It's a nice and streamlined OS