Hey everyone, before I even get into the topic, I would like to say that I was sure that at least a few people have asked this same question here before. So I tried searching, but the things I searched for came up with thousands of results, and I'll be honest, if it's not on the first results page, it is, as far as I'm concerned, not there. I really don't want to take the time to look through all 2,200+ results for a thread that I think might be there. So if anyone feels that I shouldn't have even posted this because I could have found it searching, I'm sorry but I couldn't find it. If you do know a particular thread, just hook me up with a link and I'll go there.
Anyway, I'm thinking of downloading a version of Linux to install. I'm not exactly sure why yet, maybe because I think that it would be cool to have an OS that most people don't have, or maybe I'm just looking for a change from Windows, or maybe it's something else. I really don't know. At first, I was going to just head on over to Redhat and get a nice, new Linux there. But then I thought about it, and I decided that I wanted something with more functionality at the cost of user friendlyness (sp?). I use XP home right now, and I have to say, I'm not retarded. I don't need a balloon to pop up and tell me that I've installed a new program, I WAS THERE WHEN I INSTALLED IT. I don't need a "wizard" for every little task I do, I can handle it. I need a OS that will not be bothering me all the time with things that may be helpful to an average user who doesn't know much about computers, because, in general, those are just annoyances.
On the flip side, however, I would not consider myself a computer guru. I could not operate soley on a CLI. If I could, I would just use DOS. I need a Linux version that is in between the two, a little user friendlyness to help me out, but mostly advanced functionallity that I can't get with Windows. So if anyone knows a good type of Linux for these specifications, please post it here.
One last thing, going back to Redhat from before, I've never used it before, and I'm not actually sure that it is, in fact, not what I'm looking for. But it seemed to me that Redhat is one of the biggest flavors of Linux, and since it is, it would have more users who might need those windows-like functions, like balloons and wizards and such. But as I said, I've never used it, so I could be entirely off base.
Thanks in advance for anyone who takes the time to read this and help me.