I've had a minor virus problem in the past couple of days, and I thought that's about my cue to go through my regular reformat (to clean up all the junk my box accumulates). This time though, I'm thinking of giving Linux a shot. I'll let you know how it goes
P.S. You know you're a true geek when you feel nervous and excited about changing operating systems :geek:
hehe good man I suggest the new Fedora Core 2, less easy-for-newbies but still good enough to handle with long windoze experience, excellent hardware detection and looks very slick which I know is something you appreciate.
I would go with Fedora Core, I never liked Mandrake that much myself (even though I heard a lot of success stories about newbies and never-before-used-a-computer people having much luck with it but then you are beyond that category). Also, Fedora seems to be the distro under most heavy development at the moment, v2 is a big improvement from v1 and it looks like it's going forward the fastest of them.
Well a test release means it's not yet hit gold and may be unstable. You should be fine though. Dunno any support recources for anything but gentoo, which is one reason I adore gentoo.
gentoo linux boot : boot partition for gentoo (holds the stuff necessary to boot gentoo, nothing more)
gentoo linux root (/) : root partition, ie. the whole filesystem
gentoo linux root (/root) : separate partition for user "root" (superuser) plugged into the filesystem at /root (ie. mount point)
gentoo linux swap: swap partition, virtual memory, pagesys it's called in win. assign a separate partition for swap is how we do in linux
lindows root: test partition for another distribution
Man, I could use a site for people who are "old to Linux". After configuring, rolling, and installing a Red Hat v2 kernel on a 166Mhz PC for Web serving back in 1996, I haven't been keeping up -- particularly now that work has admins everywhere doing all the setups for us. %^}