posted on Aug, 8 2006 @ 06:31 AM
A lot of the more modern Linux distros are much more user-friendly than their older counterparts from even a few years back. Granted, they don't all
hold your hand through day-to-day life like Windows does (or at least tries to), but you don't need to be a horn-rimmed, pocket protector bearing
sysadmin to start it up any more either.
My personal recommendation--for no real reason whatsoever, other than that I was using it for a while (because it was one of the first I came across
and I was getting impatient) is Debian
. It's a good system; quite a large download if you want to get all of it,
but as good as any and better than a lot of Linux distros out there.
Another good distro is Fedora
. It used to be RedHat, but they split it up from the enterprise version a while
ago. Haven't tried it out in it's current state, but I used to work with RedHat ~6/7, and it was great. About the only thing that sets
Fedora/RedHat apart that I can tell is that it uses RPM tech for software installation--think kinda like Windows Installers, but more text based and
for Linux. A good amount of the software for Linux comes like this (or as straight source code you need to compile--that's always a thrill
so you may want to consider a RedHat based distribution because of that.
You may want to check out www.linuxlinks.com...
. Those are a couple of good
lists to go through and see what might match what you need. The linux.org link has a (very, very simplistic) filter where you can base everything off
of what you're going to be doing with the system; might be handy.
One last thing, that you probably already know, make sure you get an Intel (x86) supporting distro. You'll have lots of fun trying to set up a PPC
or Sparc based distribution on a formerly-Windows machine.