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My first question is, what's the difference between all the Linux's out there? I've seen most of the Linux's out there and they all appear to look the same to me.

Second question is, how do I install my wireless pci card if Linux is not supported?
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they are the same... some of them come with different programs packaged in...
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Some are easier to use than others. The more difficult ones have less things that come with them out of the box, so they tend to be faster because you just install what you need. Many distros are based off other ones. As for looking the same, well, kinda, but not really. There are quite a few different desktop environments: KDE, Gnome, Xfce, Fluxbox, Openbox, etc. (btw those are in decreasing order of "bloatiness", if thats even a word - the *box's are all about the same i believe). There are tons of themes for each. You can also easily customize the look of buttons and stuff with themes, and icons as well. Linux is VERY customizable. Also, with Compiz-Fusion you can have your windows animated, such as wobbling, spiraling, zooming, folding, etc. You can also have all 4 of your desktops on a cube rotating, which you may have seen. Reaper has a video of all that. For starting out, most people start with Ubuntu or Fedora, which are very similar and easy to use and learn.
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what about my wireless pci card? will i need to install the drivers or will it just work?
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Basically, the core of the Linux code (the kernel) is the same for all versions of Linux. The difference between, say, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, Slackware, is the utilities that they pack inside.

Also, some distros may be biased to include a particular version of the graphical interface. Some like KDE, some like GNOME.

Most wireless cards will have built in support included in Linux, you'll have to try and see if you need special drivers for them
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what about my wireless pci card? will i need to install the drivers or will it just work?
well im no genius but i think networking in linux is somewhat hit or miss. you should google the model of pci card and see if you can find others with problems or success in what you are trying to do.

not all hardware is supported by linux afaik
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sweeeet! i just installed ubuntu and the wireless pci card worked without having to install any drivers. thnx to everyone for the help.
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sweeeet! i just installed ubuntu and the wireless pci card worked without having to install any drivers. thnx to everyone for the help.
Wow, very nice. It's indeed a rare phenomenon.

What card do you have? I'd like to start buying those if they're natively supported. Screw the linksys and netgear noobs that won't make Linux drivers.
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Wow, $20. Not bad.
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