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Alright, first thing is first: I have no knowledge regarding Linux, I have never seen a Linux system before, and I have no idea how to run it/tweak it/anything.

Phew, that being said, I want to start playing around with Linux as I have next to nothing to do during the week when my girlfriend is off at college. I'm not going to put it on my sig rig because I just don't want anything to happen to this baby, so I'm going to try to use it on my old Dell laptop (366 PII). However, I would still like to keep Windows2000 as my default OS on there because I do use it sometimes for surfing the net or downloading music and stuff. I have a self powered external 80gig HDD that I could use to install the distro to, but what (if any) distros will allow me to boot via USB interface?

I'm totally new to this OS, but I'm willing to offer a decent amount of time to learn. So what distro is good for a fairly old pc, a new guy, but also one that's easy to mess around with and tweak to my liking?
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Go ubuntu I love ubuntu!
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Can I boot/install Ubuntu via USB? And does it fit my needs/wants?
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I think you can actually, not 100% sure
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Ubuntu is good for a couple weeks, until you get used to the setup, then you can move on to a more powerful and feature-rich distro like SuSe, Fedora, Mandriva, and then on to the REAL distros, like Gentoo.
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Ubuntu is good for a couple weeks, until you get used to the setup, then you can move on to a more powerful and feature-rich distro like SuSe, Fedora, Mandriva, and then on to the REAL distros, like Gentoo.
Thanks Nammy, do you know if Ubuntu will let me boot via USB?

And can I get a link?
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I assume this thread is along the lines of what you're doing? I get the impression you have 2000 installed on an internal hd and you want Ubuntu installed on an external usb hd.

Good luck...there's much for you to learn
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Yes, It will be so worth it
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Yes - ubuntu if you want something to play around with, or a more powerful one (I'm experimenting with Red Hat right now) to really learn Linux.
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Alright, I'm using BitTorrent to download the file called "ubuntu-6.06.1-alternate-i386.iso"

Is this the right one for me? Sorry, I'm clueless with linux...
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