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Linux is one of the cooler things I "discovered" back in
2007.  The pleasant surprise is that Linux has come
a long way in just the past few years.  While I am not
ready to recommend that the average computer user should
switch from Windows to Linux, anyone who is not afraid to try
something new should try it out.  Personally I like having both
OS's around the house.  I happen to be in Linux editing this
html page now while tomorrow I could be using Windows.  Many
tasks work just fine using either operating system.  A great site
for staying abreast of what is going on in the Linux world is

For the beginner, it's hard to go wrong with trying out one of
the large, popular distributions.  The major players that combine
a large following, lots of support on the web, and large software 
repositories are as follows:




With all due respect to Debian, which is also a large distribution,
it's really not considered as beginner-friendly as the 3 listed above.

There are also a few smaller distributions that are worth checking
out that go a step further
toward ease of use for beginners.

Linux Mint (Ubuntu based)

Mepis (Debian based)

PCLinuxOS (descended from Mandriva)

Historically Linux has had a reputation for running fast on older hardware,
but as the window managers have become more sophisticated, none of
the versions above, in my opinion, offer significant speed advantages over
Windows XP - with the possible exception of boot and shutdown time.

There are lighter weight options - one good one is Lununtu, which is Ubuntu
wiht the lighter weight LXDE desktop.  http://lubuntu.net

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