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ubuntu sounds like a good distro, will definitely try it on my new system.
    
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I'd recomend Ubuntu 6.06 or Fedora Core 5. I really love FC5. I started off with FC1 though so I'm alittle loyal to them. The learning curve can and will be tough at times, but stick with it. I'm sure you'll come to love it. If you have any problems with things you know where to go to ask
Wine is good for running windows programs in Linux, but I find it to be a bit buggy, yet still gets the job done.
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If you are going the Ubuntu route (which is a really good distro) be sure to know that as of now (4/22/06) 6.06 is in BETA. I have been finding more and more bugs as I use it. Still works fine. But I still get some problems during normal use.

If you are going to use it, I suggest waiting until the final release (06/06/06), or using version 5.10, which is still awesome. No worries, 5.10 is still fully upgradeable at anytime to the new version. Ubuntu caters to the new user, and is on the 'easier' side of the spectrum. If you lined them all up from 'hardest' to 'easiest', BSD's, Slackware, and Gentoo would be on one side, and Ubuntu, SuSE, Mandriva, Linspire, ect. Would be on the other side. FC5 is pretty much smack in the middle.

I suggest you start out with something easy, to learn the basics. Move on to something a little more challenging, like Fedora, then if you really want to 'learn' linux, move on to Slackware, or Gentoo, both of which are more advanced. It really depends on whether you want to 'learn linux' or want to 'use linux.' If you just want to use and learn the basics, then Ubuntu is perfect. If you want to 'learn' linux, you will eventually want to move out of the "newbie" linux distros and move on to the ones with less 'fluff', where all is not automated, and you have to do more things yourself. (Benefit being increased system performance, reliability, and control.)

My first install was SuSE 9.1. I can't even explain how excited I was when it first booted to desktop!

After that I installed Fedora Core 3 on a different computer, then Ubuntu 5.04, then Fedora Core 4, then Ubuntu 5.10, then some other one I forget, then a slackware variant, then Ubuntu 6.06 Alpha 1, then 5.10, then Alpha 5, then shortly after, 6.06 Beta. Point being, don't be afraid to jump around. Find out what you like, and what works best for you!

And you have tons of little arcade type games to play with. You can download America's Army, and get that working well in Linux, as it has a linux version. For games like HL2, BF2, etc. It is best to play in Windows (you can dual boot easily), although WINE (a windows 'compatibility layer,' not an emulator) can do many games, but since it is more geared for applications, its big brother Cedega was made specifically for games in linux.
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you should read a guide i posted up on all the distros

http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix-...ributions.html

as for games there is a disrtto called Suoergames-1 which has Doom 3 and Quake 4 runnuning on it and runs great.

http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/84...ght=supergamer
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