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Ok, I am a very experienced 14 year old XP user who's getting rid of my Dell setup and I'm building my own PC in about 2 weeks since I finally accumulated enough cash from work. (Specs in signature) and am wondering...

What is the whole general idea behind Linux?

So far I know it's a little more advanced operating system and hobbyists like to use it for fun. I am getting a 250GB Western Digital Hard Drive and would, if I see it's worth it, load a Linux distro to dual boot. The HDD I'm getting has a 16mb buffer so that'll keep things speedy too. Here are my questions, rep for anyone I can help. (bounty ):

1)Why use Linux?

2)How big is the actual distro, approx.?

3)Is it hard to setup?

4)Is it legal? Or is it considered "malicious"?

5)Is it stable to dualboot it with XP?

6)What advantages does it have over XP?

7)Is there a steep learning curve? I do know lots about XP, used it for a few years.

8)Will this interfere with gaming in XP?

9)What uses does Linux have?

10)Are there many apps for Linux?

If any or all of these questions can be answered, KUDOS and rep to you! Thanks guys. sorry if it's noobness. If these questions are answered, maybe the thread could get sticky'd for future n00bs.
    
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1)Why use Linux?
It's free, stable and runs the internet. Not to mention the learning factor.

2)How big is the actual distro, approx.?
Anywhere from 50mb to 10gb - theres hundreds to choose from.

3)Is it hard to setup?
It all depends on which distro your using and how hard you want it to be.

4)Is it legal? Or is it considered "malicious"?
Its 100% free. Legal and unless your microsoft, no malicious.

5)Is it stable to dualboot it with XP?
Yes, I do it on both of my rigs and its fine.

6)What advantages does it have over XP?
Its 100% customisable. It's faster. It's not virus\\spyware\\malware prone. It can be left on for days, months and years with out requiring a reboot.

7)Is there a steep learning curve? I do know lots about XP, used it for a few years.
The learning curve can be steep, but take your time and you'll be fine.

8)Will this interfere with gaming in XP?
No, not at all

9)What uses does Linux have?
Every use windows has..and more.

10)Are there many apps for Linux?
Yes, thousands. And If you cant find one, run a windows one. Using an emulator.
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thanks! I was reading some extra info on linuxiso. I'm sold When i get my computer built, i will partition about 50GB to Linux for programs and such. On my Dell right now, I have a 120GB hdd and I've had almost all I've ever wanted up to 70GB left, so 200GB for Windows will be more than ample space for anything.

I think it's the learning experience i can get from using that I will like the most. I like trying new things and trying to learn stuff.
    
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It may seem tough at first, but stick with it. It's worth it in the end.
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That's the downside to me learning new things: I have a short attention span at trying to learn things now. We'll see, maybe i'll try one of those linux demos first. see what it's like
    
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May I reccomend Ubuntu. It's very easy to setup and has a nice learning curve too. Like The Jester said it can be as hard or easy depending on what you want when you want. I am a complete noob to Linux and Ubuntu's install proccess was so pain free, it required next to nothing for user input until it came to security,this is where Linux shines. It's security features surpass anything windows could ever do and more. After you install, anything you want to do to the o.s. requires a password, so if there is someone else on your computer all the time and you don't want them messing it up this is a great feature. I even recommended my school to use it because the distro I picked was a 650mb download and it comes with Open Office, The Gimp, Gaim,Firefox, and alot more.This version is a little old but it is a classic in my opinion.http://www.ubuntu.com/download/.
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if linux freaks you out at first......Suse is not as much of a step away from Windows...it is still linux and has all the features of linux, but accessing system config tools and services is easier through the menu.

most others u go through the console, which can be a lot more efficient but a bit scary for a new user.

(also comes with open office, firefox and so on and so forth.)
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What games can you run on linux
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most linux come with certain games, but I've heard (I've not yet tested) that you can play almost any windows game using the wine windows emulator
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My favorite distro is Ubuntu, they just released the 6.06 BETA on 4/20 I can tell you its totally stable and works like a charm, if you need help with it just post here and I'll be sure to help you out since I'm now dedicated to making people switch to Linux and specifically Ubuntu;

http://www.ubuntu.com/

You can choose Ubuntu or Kubuntu, both are the same thing but with different graphical interfaces and some different programs included but you can always change those as you please. The best part about linux is its 100% free and totally customizeable, say you get Ubuntu 6.06 and decide you want to make a modification to GAIM (the included messenger) not only can you do that but you can also redistribute it as well. Also, Linux has a much smaller overhead, on my machine under XP I often run 200+MB pagefile usage and 400+ MB RAM usage at idle whereas in Ubuntu I have 120MB RAM and 0MB page file usage at idle.
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