Questions about installing Linux
I've been considering switching from WindowsXP to Linux for a few weeks now. Also, I've done a little research over the Web recently, but I feel overwhelmed with information. I honetsly don't know what version I should get. That's why I came here for some advice.
First of all, I think I should tell you what I'd like to do with my computer. I've heard that Linux comes with a lot more programs on it than Windows. Do they include website editors and slide show creaters? I'd also like some programs that have syntax highlighting for Java and C++. A program for editing pictures and photos would be nice too.
I tried searching for a site to download Linux from, but there are so many sites and so many different versions!
Earlier in my post I mentioned that I wanted programs for writing C++ and Java programs, but don't get me wrong, I'm still very new at computer programming and the concepts involved with it. With this in mind, please omitt as much technical jargin from your responses as possible.
Now that I'm done with my little spill, I guess it's time to give you my system stats.
Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 1
(Info abot me)
mobile AMD Athlon(tm)XP2500+
448MB of RAM
My computer is a labtop manufactured by HP.
If it's not too much trouble, please include links in your responses. I'm mainly interested in the best and cheapest distribution available to Linux newbies. Also, I'm fully prepared to abandon Windows if I like what I see.
Thanks for your time and help!!!
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