Thanks, will do. Hopefully WiFi just works out of the box, that and sound are always the kickers.
As a side question for giggles, you think Linux Mint Cinnamon will be a good choice? I don't really like Ubuntu (since before Unity and the rms "spyware" debate). I did like the look of Fedora 18 but heard bad things.
*edit* If it's any use, I intend to go to school for business networking, but I also am going to teach myself HTML/CSS, Python, and continue building my Java skills I learned in two courses I took during High School, hopefully producing Android apps.
I think Linux Mint is a great starting point. Most, if not all, of your hardware will be detected/configured automatically. Your multimedia codecs and plug-ins are installed as well. And the Cinnamon interface is an attractive layout.
But if you want to give Fedora a try, you can always try it using a LiveCD. It's a way to test drive an OS without making any changes to your existing system. One great thing about LiveCDs is that if something work in a live session, then you're gonna have good luck on the installed system.
Alrighty, sounds good. I'm gonna start searching the interwebs for "must-have" applications... I've toyed with Linux for 3-4 years but now I am going full Linux only. I already know of a couple...
Ubuntu Tweak (Useful on Cinnamon..?)
Eclipse (Learned Java on it)
I'm getting there ;)
And one small, potentially stupid question, but I don't see a seperate download link on Linux Mint for AMD processors (I remember there used to be some for Ubuntu but don't know about recently) Is it on the same DVD?
AMD and Intel processors are compatable. The 64 bit architecture is usually called AMD64 as they released a 64 bit processor first.