I know about Ubuntu (Just tried it, wierd), Suse, Xandros, and Knoppix, are there any others? And which one would be a good starter for someone moving from Windows?
http://distrowatch.orgThey have I believe 90 other distros on that site to take a look at.For moving from Windows and using Linux for the first time Debian or Suse would be good. Or slackware, not to hard to learn. But Suse is more n00bies friendly.
Or Linspire, which specialises in being a Windows-user-friendly distrobution, and it used to be called 'Lindows' before Microsoft's lawyers had their say, which shows their conviction. Literally. Lol.
SuSE is especially Windows-friendly as it has all the left/right/double click functions that Windows has and offers many alternatives to using the console. SuSE and Ubantu are good for beginners and experts alike.
RevenOr Linspire, which specialises in being a Windows-user-friendly distrobution, and it used to be called 'Lindows' before Microsoft's lawyers had their say, which shows their conviction. Literally. Lol.
But the Launch menu is ugly. ("Programs" in KDE, just doesn't look right.) Even though the rest of the desktop, is pure eye-candy.
I use Xandros. I is a good distro for switching. Debian based, but redesigned to be more familiar to Windows users. KDE (the desktop) now resembles the "Windows Classic" interface (similiar thing with Linspire).
It, like Windows, is designed to be a Business OS first. Simple, intuitive, clean. No duplicate/redundant apps, means no Gnome, or other Window Managers. Everything MUST function together, and without having to learn a whole new layout, everytime. This means no GTK apps (The Gimp, and other apps, are available for download). Due to the interoperbility of Open Office, it is an exception to the rule.
-- The downside... Limited Support. Which mostly comes from a message board, similiar to this one (as with most distros). There is official support, but it it not the best support out there.
Suse has some of the best support, and is also a Business distro first. It is definately worth a try. Suse is switching over to Gnome now (remember Ubuntu?), as the default desktop. So it might not be the distro to go with.
Mandrivacoris (Formerly Mandrake Linux, Connectiva Linux, and Lycoris) is a good new user distro. They are changing over to the Debian APT standand (Debian, Ubuntu, Xandros, Linspire, Mepis, Knoppix...). This is my 2nd favorite distro.
More common Distros.
Xandros - Windows Convert Linspire - Windows Convert Novell Linux Desktop - Windows Convert
Suse - Business RedHat - Business
PCLinuxOS - Average Fedora Core - Average (More up-to-date than most) Ubuntu - Average (Popular) Madrivacoris - Average
Slackware - Enthusiast Gentoo - Big enthusiast (compile EVERYTHING, easy to do, but takes weeks...)
Puppy Linux - small (USB flash drive) D* Small Linux (DSL) - small (USB flash drive)
Knoppix - Demo Klax - Demo (KDE only)
Linux XP - Non-English http://www.linux-online.ru/desktop/gallery/
Allright, I'm giving Ubuntu a shot, but just a quick question before I download. I have an Athlon 64, so should I download the 64-bit version, or just use the regular one? Will there be any less program support for the 64-bit version?
Only slightly. Most 32-bit apps will work on the 64-bit version. The driver support is not as good, but is still a lot better than Vista.
I would give the 64-bit version a try, first. If it works, then that is great.
I have recently read that the 64-bit version is more difficult to use, for one reason or another. I only have a 32-bit Processor, so I can't check.
Graf, I wouldn't go to Ubuntu straight from Windows, it is nothing like Windows, I got lost just trying to shut the machine down....... Just tried ALinux, it's more like Windows, but a pain to install, didn't recognize my Network Card, I think it won't boot up anymore, oh, well, gonna try Linspire, then Suse.....
Allright, I downloaded the package to create a live CD, just to try it from there, but I'm confused. What I've downloaded was a .RAR archive, and there's no .ISO file just a collection of files. What, and how am I supposed to burn to a CD exactly?
(EDIT) Never mind, I don't use WinRAR much, so I didn't know you could convert .RAR archives to .ISO files.
It's nothing like Windows look-wise, but a lot of its useability is. Its desktop is similar to the old Mac OS layout (sub-Mac OSX).
Monster_user wrote a fabulous guide to Linux in the Knowledge Base sticky, if you are interested.
[21Pz]Graf - if you've got Nero 6 then use BurningROM, or look on SourceForge.net for a free CD image creator. Are you sure the file you downloaded is a .rar, or could it be a .iso which WinRAR is saying it can open (and hence you might think it's a .rar?)? If not, then try mounting the .rar file as an image, unless someone else knows what to do.