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Ok compeatly (and i mean totaly) new to linux. Id like to give it a good try, but no very little about it. Frist of all, what distro? I was thinking ubuntu or a related one like kubuntu since there so widely used but im open to suggestions. Now, software. I know in ubuntu there is a software manager thats like an app store almost, but is there any other similur things i should look in to? Also how does wine work? Is it reconmeded to use wine? What about games?
 
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If you play games, and don't want to get away from gaming, then I don't recommend using Linux. While some games work with wine, they don't run fluid on it. Its like trying to run an emulated version of windows on a android phone. It works, but thats about as far as it goes.
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ubuntu is a good place to start. Linux Mint also has a pretty easy install process and gets you working with linux fairly fast.
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I dont game alot, and if the one or two games i do play 'work' then im happy, ill most likely be using intagrated anyway so its not like im not allready turing down the settings. What about software? Is there other good software 'stores' or websites that would be a good place to start? Java works natively, right? Will windows programes based in java work natively? On average, how many common programes support linux natively?
 
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Ok compeatly (and i mean totaly) new to linux. Id like to give it a good try, but no very little about it. Frist of all, what distro? I was thinking ubuntu or a related one like kubuntu since there so widely used but im open to suggestions. Now, software. I know in ubuntu there is a software manager thats like an app store almost, but is there any other similur things i should look in to? Also how does wine work? Is it reconmeded to use wine? What about games?

You don't need a software manager/ "app" store. You just need to know the package manager for each distro...so in the buntus it's apt-get. Simple commands like man "command" will give you general ideas about things. Need a program in a buntu then it's sudo apt-get install "program".

I've heard various things about wine ranging from some games working better in it than in windows to some games never working. The only reason to use wine is for gaming or some really stubborn/irreplaceable windows program that you can't find an alternative for (office doesn't really count unless you're in need of some excel, access addons that aren't available for libreoffice).

The big thing to remember is that this is not windows...it will not do things the same way. If you have ATI/AMD GPUs you'll need to do possibly more work to get them happy.

I suggest running the live versions of any variant you like and tinkering around with the DEs that they use until you find one you like. Just remember they will be much slower than they would be installed.
     
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Apt get program from where?
 
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Apt get program from where?

You do that in the terminal. The software comes right from the Ubuntu developers repositories, and it is automatically installed when you invoke the command
Code:
sudo apt-get install [program]

In most Linux distributions, you don't ever need to go download setup.exe's because most of the software will already be provided by the developers, nice and packaged. If it isn't, there is generally someone out there that maintains their own repository so all you need to do is add theirs to your list of software sources, and then you will be able to install the program with the apt-get command. Also .deb files can be considered installers for debian and ubuntu based distributions.

Gaming generally works well with older games. Most old games work perfectly without a hitch. Few frequently played games are Linux native (fortunately minecraft runs native biggrin.gif), and most you will have to run in WINE. Also just running "sudo apt-get install wine" isn't going make it so you can start right off the bat. You'll need to configure it a bit and download some needed components, like fonts. Fortunately, it doesn't generally take very long.

Final note, most common programs do not support Linux natively, some categories are an exception, like browsers and open source projects. If you've been using a specific program in Windows for a very lone time, and you want to have it in Linux, likelyhood is that it won't run. If it is an open source project, like VLC or GIMP, it is almost sure to run. However, apart from that, you will have to be look at the Linux replacements for the common software that you use like word processors, torrent clients, music player, video video player, etc.
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OP, Linux Mint is the best starter. It has everything in Windows-Like locations, which makes transition easy. I think getting used to the software manager is enough for a beginner... having you dive into terminal commands right away may steer you away from the ease of Linux. Its really easy. When you have the right mindset that you don't go to websites to download software with Linux, then you can start looking into Terminal Commands. Until then, just keep it simple. Linux Mint is the simplest and easiest OS to get used to when transitioning from Windows or Mac.
    
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I agree, Linux Mint is great, it is what I use.
I use Linux Mint 11 because I don't care for the changes that were made with Linux Mint 12.
A couple of programs that are useful and look very nice are Docky and Screenlets.
I use XBMC for music and videos, and it runs without a hitch.
I really have no use for wine as everything is there or can be had for free using the software center or installing from a ppa.
I have a second hard drive in this computer that is windows 7, which is what I game on.
I don't like having my drive partitioned for windows and Linux on same drive.
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Ok still not getting the termianal thing. So i need a program (lets just say vm player) and i go where?
 
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