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February 9, 2010

Best Distro for Linux begginer, into 3D animation?

I'm going to begin my 3D animation studies in a month or so, and I need to build a nice computer that is able to handle 'heavy duty' (while still amateur) projects.

I'll be building a computer soon and I was considering of installing Linux instead of Windows.
I've only used Windows, and I feel very comfortable with it (for 10 years aprox), but I've been reading a lot about how Linux is better, and I'm willing to give it a try. Not to mention that it will save me ~220 dollars.

Today I'm going to give Ubuntu a try (sadly, I can't install it, but I'll run it from the CD). But I wanted to get recommendations on what the best distro for 3D animation and graphic design would be.

The parts I'll get are these:
- XMS2 DDR2 4Gb (2x2Gb) Twin2x4096
- Intel CPU Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz Box (775)
- HDD Sata2 500Gb 7200 rpm
- Video PCIE GF9600 GT 1024mb DDR2

Would there be any problem with these pieces running on Linux?
Second, if you have any knowledge on building computers, would that be a good rig for the chores I mentioned above? :) If you have any comments, or think I should change something, please say :)
I'm getting advice from someone who knows what he's doing, but the more opinions the better.

If it's of any relevance: I'm only using Blender now, but I'll have to switch to Maya at university.

EDIT: It HAS to be stable, very stable, to support ~5 hours or more of steady work without crashing.
My Win XP has barely crashed, and I read that Ubuntu wouldnt do the trick.

Thanks for reading :)

- Gabriel

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