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January 29, 2010

SO OVER MICROBLOAT! (Microsoft) Newby question

Hi all,
I did some preliminary noodling around this site but wanted to narrow my search for a suitable start point for my research...if that makes sense.

Here are the specifications for my current machine:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

System Manufacturer Sony Corporation
System Model VGN-A270P(UC)
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~1594 Mhz

Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB ......................(Note: I am upgrading to a pair of 1GB Cards from Crucial)
Available Physical Memory 123.77 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

OK, now on with my question. I have had enough of Microsoft products, but I get the fact that the world pretty much runs on this stuff. Ideally what I am hoping is that I would be able to find a linux based OS that would replace the Windows crap I am currently running. I have already gutted the office products in favor of OpenOffice.org products and am very happy with that. I am thinking that when I finally upgrade the memory on this laptop, I would do my research and perhaps switch to a linux based platform instead.

What I am hoping for is something that is more or less "plug and play" I am by no means a guru, I do ok with current applications, but am hoping to find a ROCK stable, user friendly, easy to assimilate, linux OS for my Laptop. Something that does not require a ton of linux experience to use efficiently. Ideally it would be a 1:1 swap with the Windows OS that I am using now.

If any of you can point me in a direction to start my search I would appreciate it. Names of distros, places to do research that are written for the newbie etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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