Which distribution of Linux should I get?
Here's my dilemma. The computer that I am currently using was on loan from my school for the express purpose of participating in an online history course. Fortunately, that lame history course ended today; unfortunately, the school wants their computer back.
So, I'm now pressuring my dad to buy me a computer. If he does, he'll probably get one built according to my specifications. I've been trying to think of ways to save money(i.e. going with an AMD processor instead of Pentium) and one of the ways I thought of was to install Linux right off the bat. That'll save me a good deal of money if I won't have to pay for Windows, which I don't like anyway.
What I am asking all of you out there is, which distribution of Linux is right for me? Frankly, I'm a mac addict. If I had enough money, I'd probably get a new Mac. But since I only have enough money for a PC, I've decided that I'd like to use Linux. Unfortunately, I've never used Linux myself, but I learn quickly and don't doubt my abilities. I'm currently a senior in high school, and if I get a computer, it's going to go with me to college where I am likely to major in computer science.
Here's what I don't want to see in this thread:
- Macs sucks!
- Linux sucks!
- Windows rocks!
- Use this distribution because it's right for me, but not you.
- This distribution is the best. (without any explanation)
What I'd like to see:
- You should get this distribution of Linux because . . .(nice, informative list of reasons)
Cost is to be somewhat taken into account, but anything cheaper than Windows will be a plus. Also, because this computer has to go back to my school rather soon, your swift responses will be greatly appreciated.
Also, if you have any other reasonable ways to cut the costs of a PC, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your sage advice.