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Linux Mint 11, it comes ready out of the box.
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OP, these are all great suggestions, really. One of the amazing things about Linux is that you can try them all. The only constraints are time, disk space, and download bandwidth. I personally recommend setting up some form of VMware of VM player and then go wild downloading and installing distros. Once you find one that "clicks" with you then you can install it native with some confidence.

You really can't go wrong, as all of the distros have pros and cons. And for most techies, screwing up an install is the quickest way to learn how to do an install.

Edit: And arguably a pretty good way to learn Linux, too.
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I honestly don't agree with the whole pick up Linux Mint or Ubuntu if you're a "noob". They kind of are the "Windows of the Linux World". I mean, where is the challenge and learning in that? They are both linux based obviously, but you really can't go all out gungho on your OS on your machine. Tinkering in OSes like them usually get pretty screwy somewhere along the line sadly.

I really do recommend Arch if you are serious about learning something in Linux. Just even reading through the wiki or beginners guide literally filled me with more information then over a year or two of using *buntus. Even if you don't choose to install, the vastness of information on that site is just nuts.
I really wouldn't recommend a newbie of Linux to tackle Arch without being able to competently use one of the "Windows of the Linux World" distros. Heck, even a "Windows of The Linux World" distro will seem foreign to a complete newbie.

But yah, Arch is God.
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OP, these are all great suggestions, really. One of the amazing things about Linux is that you can try them all. The only constraints are time, disk space, and download bandwidth.
Wow.....so much hatred toward Ubuntu here. I find it to be a nice entry level Linux distro, but that's the beauty of Linux.....choice.


I second this....

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OP, these are all great suggestions, really. One of the amazing things about Linux is that you can try them all. The only constraints are time, disk space, and download bandwidth.
I prefer the Live USB method since it is faster than the CD and not as hard as the VM......plus if you set it with persistence you can save changes and experiment.....but the important thing is to just try them, find one you like. Heck, after picking one and installing it you may find a few months down you don't like something. Uninstall and try a different one, they are free.

The only wrong choice is the one to not get started.
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