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I'd go with Ubuntu personally.. and probably stick with version 10.10 (there are still some problems in gnome 3 and unity - and even more for gaming), the support forums are GREAT. WINE will give you a performance hit, depending on the game, I had to go from Ultra to High in Starcraft II on my old computer, which was fine by me. There are a considerable number of games / programs that will not work out of the box also. a good portion of programs that you run on windows have a good enough counterpart on ubuntu also, and they can be easily found using the software center.
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Try out your distro of choice in virtualbox, I would sugest Linux Mint or Ubuntu to start, or if you really want to learn about Linux start with Arch smile.gif
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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?

What don't you get about it? Finding it or using it? I don't mean to sound unhelpful but for something of this nature it's kind of best to read up on it yourself because it basically gives you the idea of how Linux is going to be and whether or not you want to follow that mindset. Really it's helpful because it covers more like adding in repos and so on. Basically, you can use a GUI software center if you want but (this is my experience) often it isn't as fast, informative, or even reliable(sometime it just doesn't work).

I also suggest not being afraid to look around and mess with things when you are just starting (just make sure you don't have anything irreplaceable attached/in to your Linux partition). I mean...I know probably less than half of what most on here do and I get most distros working. So I don't doubt you can too.thumb.gif

Just a pointer. If you need to find the terminal it's easy to get to through Alt+F2 and then type in "terminal". From there the installing and updating programs is rather simple: you'll need to (in buntu or mint)"sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade". <- That will get your sources (for software) updated and then check for updates for the software you have. If you have something installed needing an update then you answer "y" for yes or "n" for no to whether or not to upgrade those packages.
After that you can just "sudo apt-get install (name of program)". Remember that sudo is raising your personal user account privileges so you can modify and install things thus it will require your user account password.

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Ok, so this is what i get so far- there is a software manager, an app store like place to find software, and a command line based package manager to find software from your bank of sorces. Is that it? Also if i find a program on the web that supports linux (for exaple lets use vmware player) how do i instill it?
 
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Is the software manager just a gui front end for the software termial?
 
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Is the software manager just a gui front end for the software termial?

All the GUI tools are front ends for their command line/terminal counterparts. They're there to make things easier.
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Ok, so this is what i get so far- there is a software manager, an app store like place to find software, and a command line based package manager to find software from your bank of sorces. Is that it? Also if i find a program on the web that supports linux (for exaple lets use vmware player) how do i instill it?

The graphical software manager is a front end for the command line based package manager. Not every Linux distribution has a graphical software manager, but every distribution has a command line based package manager. They both retrieve packages from a predefined list of websites in which the software is hosted. These websites are sometimes referred to as "repositories", or "software sources" in Debian-based distributions, such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

You usually want to only install software that is in the repositories for your distributions. If there is a piece of software that you need that isn't in the repositories, and is available online on, say, SourceForge or something, then it's probably source code, and you need to compile it yourself.
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Try out your distro of choice in virtualbox, I would sugest Linux Mint or Ubuntu to start, or if you really want to learn about Linux start with Arch smile.gif

great idea
http://www.ubuntu.com/tour/en/ : you can try Ubuntu here without even having to download anything
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Ok, now i get it! So i can add sorces to software manager too? Also lets go back to the vmware example, can i install the linux version off the web like windows? Is linux mint compatable with ubuntu i.e. can i add the ubuntu develapers bank to my software manager? So can if i use mint can i have a software manager sorced from ubuntu software debian software and the defalt mint?
 
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My vote goes for Mint as well
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Ok, now i get it! So i can add sorces to software manager too? Also lets go back to the vmware example, can i install the linux version off the web like windows? Is linux mint compatable with ubuntu i.e. can i add the ubuntu develapers bank to my software manager? So can if i use mint can i have a software manager sorced from ubuntu software debian software and the defalt mint?

My previous post that I just edited should answer a few of your questions. And yes, Mint and Ubuntu are compatible, packages for Ubuntu should work fine with Mint and vice versa, but it's not recommend to mix and match packages from different distros even if the packaging is the same.
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