After reading this article, I decided last nite to try and install SuSE Linux on my "blow-up" box (an older Dell Dimension 4400). Install went great but TightVNC didn't work. Blah. Going to have to switch over to RedHat instead. No big deal.
I'll tell you this: Linux has come a long, long way as far as its user-friendliness is concerned. The install went smooth as silk, did a dual boot between WinXP Pro and SuSE perfectly and detected everything (wow). Unfortunately I need the VNC to work so I couldn't use it (that's the reason I'm switching over to RedHat, TightVNC has an RPM which will work "out of the box" with RedHat) - but I'll tell ya, if I didn't have to use it I'd put my primary box on a permanent dual-boot Linux/Win setup, it's that good. I unfortunately have to keep Windows because of certain apps I use (not to mention Counter-Strike), but the SuSE does about 99%, literally, of everything I need a computer to do.
I, like a lot of people out there, hate Windows. A lot. It's buggy, apps crash, and it's just plain awful. The reason I have a job in the first place is because Windows sucks. Windows costs money. Linux is free, see linuxiso.org and pick your flavor. I suggest SuSE or RedHat. If you have a separate computer you can try it on, try it. You'll probably really like it.
The whole reason anyone says "I hate the computer" is primarily because of Windows. It's not the computer that's bad. It's Windows that's bad.
So anyway, I will format the blow-up box tonight and give RedHat a go. Haven't used it in a few years, but if it's anything like the SuSE install was, it will probably be really easy to install and config.
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