"...why would somebody want to switch over from a well known
and 'easy to use' OS to something used by geeks, hackers and the
like. Well, the answers could be stability, a virus free (so far)
world and good quality software that comes for free. My favorite
answer is choice."
"The first step would be to decide which distribution of Linux
to use. The ones that I have tried are Red Hat, Caldera, Mandrake
and WinLinux2000. ... The easiest to install was Mandrake. It
recognized all my hardware and asked few questions. For a newbie to
Linux, I would definitely advise Mandrake Linux 7.0. However,
Caldera is far superior in terms of look and finish."
"The first Golden Rule of installing Linux is to check whether
your hardware is compatible. Before that of course you need to know
your hardware. So dig out those manuals and keep them handy during
the installation. You could also visit the Web site of the Linux
vendor you chose and check their list of compatible hardware. All
the three Linux distributions, which I tried out, had one thing in
common. They all ask you to describe your monitor. Unless you are
lucky to find it in their list (I wasn't), you better get familiar
with refresh rates, horizontal and vertical syncs, bpp's etc."
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