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December 28, 2010

From Windows to Linux II


I tilted this thread "From Windows to Linux II" because my questions are very similar to the original "From Windows to Linux." I hope this is OK. I have read those replies but I still have some questions about the best way to make the change to Windows. This is my situation:

I'm currently running Windows Vista Home Premium in 4 GB of RAM, an AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X 2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ 2.00 Ghz. I have 100 GB free in my C/ Drive, where Programs are installed, and only 1.36 GB left in my D (Recovery) Drive, where my documents are. The computer is a Gateway GT5220 with an nVIDIA GeForce 6150LE and a wireless card.

I use this computer to surf the Web, process video files, including the pesky .m2ts ones, do a lot of word processing in OpenOffice, and organize my photos. I burn DVD's with the video files. I also have an external USB Black Armor drive, and I use iTunes for my music. I have purchased several albums on iTunes and would like to be able to listen to them in Linux, but I believe iTunes won't work with it. I'm not sure how to go about that. I have a Navigon GPS with a USB connection for the computer. I tend to have HP printers at home. I use Lumix for my digital cameras and also have a Canon Vixia as a video camera.

Ideally, I'd like to get rid of my Widows OS altogether, clean the hard drive and run a leaner machine with my files, but I don't know if that's the best route. I don't know either which distro I should go with. It seems that Ubuntu is the most popular one but maybe that's a false perception on my part.

I thank you for all your time and appreciate any suggestions you can offer me.

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