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Hello everyone, im into building computers for people i know and that. Some people want a computer that will access the internet and have word prossessing only. I thought of linix at first because many of the distros are free. I want names of the distros that are the most user friendly and have the widest hardware support so i wouldnt have to search high and lower for NIC/ Video drivers.

Also, saw in a Max PC mag about 6 months ago that there was a $150 computer that had a "linspire" OS that was so much like Windows XP that it has the nickname "Lindows" anyone have any info on that?

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Ubuntu, Mandriva, SuSe, Fedora Core
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Ubuntu is the best for simple everyday web browsing and word procesing
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Go ubuntu
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why would you pay for linspire anyways?
Linux is supposed to be free
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why would you pay for linspire anyways?
Linux is supposed to be free
No one payed for it. It was a $150 system running Lindows.
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gentoo ftw. everything is fixable and it suports everything.
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Ubuntu is probably the easiest way to get Linux on your system, but there are so many more distributions that that. Mandrivia is also remarkably simple, as are Fedora, SuSe, and too many others to name. The only problem I have with Linspire is that you have to pay for it, however, it's sub-distro Freespire is very good, and they are effectivly the same.

Linspire and Freespire both run KDE, which is one of several choices you have for a Window manager. Ubuntu, Fedora, and SuSE run Gnome, the other extremly popular window manager. Gnome is cleaner and usualy faster than KDE, but KDE is typicly more windows-like.

Gentoo is extremly powerfull and configurable, but it can be a daunting task to get set up, especialy as a first-timer's distro. You'll need lots of specific info about your system, as well as basic understanding of linux itself, but once you go Gentoo, it's hard to use anything else because it's so fast and you can do almost anything you want with it.

Any other questions you have about another distro, just let me know. I've probably used it before.
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Linspire costs 49.99 Digital for a download as shown here:http://www.linspire.com/

But nothing can really match the driver support of XP(it is the most used OS after all)But im sure you could find cards with linux support.

Freespire on the other hand(obviously free) would be a budget pc os
http://freespire.org/

If these people want a simple machine for checking email, they could use this

Case with PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811164004
25.00
CD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136059
17.50
Hard Drive with 40 gb of storage:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144238
49.99
512 Mb 240 Pin AMPO PC3200Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161633
45.00

Celeron D 2.53 Ghz Intel 775 LGA Proc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819112207
47.00

PC Chips mobo w/ video and sound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185080
45.00

230 bucks before shipping.
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Thanks everyone for your responses, and i guess i'll have to install ubuntu on a test PC in the basement and try it out.
    
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