i'm thinking of quitting windows and go linux (well, i will if i can in few months) and i need some advices on how to start it off. I've never had any experience with linux, none. can you guys suggest which book to get, which linux to get from where, how can i get them for free, etc.
here are my comp specs, if it helps:
1.33GHz amd t-bird [c]
ati radeon 7200 LE 32MB-ddr (flashed to regular radeon)
hercules fortissimo II soundcard
that's pretty much it
and i like to say that i have some knowledge of how to use dos if that helps
Books are a good start as they explain almost all of the basics you need to get started. But There are other sources of information as well. The main ones are the Linux Howtos. You can find them at <A HREF="http://www.linux.org/docs/index.html" target="_new">http://www.linux.org/docs/index.html</A>. If you browsing through them aimlessly, they can seem confusing but when you are stuck with a specific problem, there will almost definitly be a howto or a minihowto for that problem, and at that time it will be invaluable.
I've only ever really used RedHat and I like it. I'm not sure how easy/hard the installation is in comparison to the other distributions but I found it quite good. You can find links to various distributions at <A HREF="http://www.linux.org" target="_new">http://www.linux.org</A>, where you can download them, but I would recommend getting one on cd. Some books include a distribution or two on accompanied CDs. There are lots of magazines that have some Linux distros on the cover disc, but often these come in a cdrom-image (ISO) format and you have to burn them onto CD's first.
If you want to buy a copy, I've heard <A HREF="http://www.suse.com" target="_new">SuSE</A> include good manuals with the bundle. If you buy a linux distro you'll also get technical support from them for free (at least for a while).
You're system sounds good, it should work with linux no promlems. Watch out for modem problems though. If you have a SoftModem/HCF/HSF etc, then Linux probably won't work with it.
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