Getting started with Linux

I was familiar with some linux style commands back in the 80's.

I'm a little tired of Microsoft's system registry. (1) How does someone get started with Linux? And (2) what can I also do with it?
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  1. As a Linux newbie myself, here's my view:

    You can get started by playing around with one of the various LiveCDs, which let you boot a GNU/Linux OS off a CD and use it without altering the contents of your hard disk. I personally favour Ubuntu but see the sticky thread on choosing a distro.

    As to what you can do with it; pretty much whatever you like. Games are, on the whole, a bit pants or subject to the vagaries of WINE (a Windows runtime that lets you run Windows programs on Linux).

    Generally, there is a good replacement for most Windows apps. Some examples are:-

    MS Office -> OpenOffice
    IE -> Firefox
    Outlook -> Evolution
    MSN/AIM/Yahoo etc -> GAIM/Pidgin
    Nero -> Brasero/K3b
    eMule -> aMule
    Anti-virus -> unnecessary

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    Anti-virus -> unnecessary


    Well, as bluetracer said, you can start using live cds, my personal experience was a hard disk install of suse

    Youll eventually format and reinstall windows anyways, so, in one of those reinstalls, you can make a small install of any linux flavor you want

    You can also check the choosing distro thread

    I've used SUSE 10.1 (amd64) suse 10.2 (x86), FC6 (x86) dapper (x86) and currently feisty (amd64)

    Suse had a LOT of problems...maybe because it was my first encounter with linux...but I had a lot of troubles with suse, I couldnt play video files, the ati drivers gave me problems, I couldnt make beryl to work...

    FC6 was terribly SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW... so I wiped it out quickly, both ubuntu versions I have tried work ok, right now I only have one major problem with feisty, is that whenever I start ubuntu, all of my other partitions are unmounted...

    I have also tried DSL but just as a "wohoo, the 50Mb OS :D" kind of test...

    If you want to play games on linux...well, WINE :p but nexuiz and UT2K4 are great games to begin (if you like RTS, homeworld can run on linux too, but I dont know if the macross DYRL mod works under linux :p)

    Well, good luck :D
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    I have also tried DSL but just as a "wohoo, the 50Mb OS :D" kind of test...

    Well, if you want to experience that to the next level, why not try out Menuet OS? Truly amazing what one can fit on a floppy when you're motivated.
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