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This area of the site is specifically for newcomers to Linux. If you want to find out what Linux is, what a distribution is, the purpose of GPL software and how to get Linux and install it, this is the place.
- What is Linux? - A friendly FAQ outlining the history of Linux, and what it can do for you
- Distros - What is a distro, and what's the difference between them?
- Recommended Reading - Links to newbie-friendly information where you can find out more.
- Linux Games - Information about games running in Linux
- Hardware - Hardware that works with Linux
- Software - How to get software and how to use it
- LXF HOWTOs - Guides on using Linux
Some helpful links
- Linux is NOT Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) Make sure you want Linux by reading this ;-)
- The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide (http://www.linuxnewbieguide.org) - A straight-forward, no jargon tutorial to choosing, using and installing Linux onto your computer.
- Manual pages are available at the command line, but they're also here (http://linuxreviews.org/man/) in HTML format for ease of use.
- Want to try several different distros? Motub's multiboot page (http://home.planet.nl/~elst0093/motub/multboot.html) will help.
- Firefox Web Browser Configuration (http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/LinuxTutorialMozillaConfiguration.html) on Linux for plug-ins and support applications.
- Intros BY newbies FOR newbies (http://newbiedoc.berlios.de/wiki/Main_Page)
- LinuxPlanet (http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/) tutorials
- Linux Videos (http://www.argentilinux.com.ar) - videos/movies about Linux and GNU (Spanish)
- Linux User Information (http://blog.eukhost.com/2006/07/08/linux-user-information/) starting with Linux
If you really are scared of Linux boot programs, I understand this (http://www.winimage.com/bootpart.htm) will give you some functionality in Microsoft OSs.
If your ISP gives you a Speedtouch USB broadband modem, this (http://speedtouchconf.sourceforge.net/) might help. A hammer to smash it to pieces might be better ;-)