I wish I would have stayed with it.Here it is 2017 and just now getting back into it.I discovered Linux surfing online shortly after its inception. I have been dabbling with it since the mid- to late-1990's, but it was very tough for me in the beginning due to very low end hardware, especially video. And I could never get it online until I finally got the PPP dialer configured correctly on a US Robotics modem with Mandrake. The "good old days" were definitely a struggle, but I'm glad to have stuck with it.
No worries, Mate. Better late than never. Oh, and welcome to the group!I wish I would have stayed with it.Here it is 2017 and just now getting back into it.
Yes, definitely check out Distrowatch.comThere's a lot out there for beginners. Depends where you will be using it for and your taste. Do you prefer a Windows / macOS look and feel? Eye candy? Etc. Have a look at distrowatch.com. Examples of a few nice ones are Linux Mint, elemetary OS, Solus. But again: it depends.
what would you recommend for a basically beginner user? I have heard Ubuntu. thoughts?
Or you can also run VirtualBox in Windows and install Linux into a "virtual machine" to test it out. Running in a VM is usually a little faster and smoother, plus it actually goes through all the steps of what its like to do a full install too.
Welcome to the group, Steve.A good friend of mine from HS (circa 2003) mentioned something about this "linux" operating system alternative to Windows XP. And there was a penguin and a chameleon (Suse). We tried it out on an old computer and were like "ok... now what?" Fast-forward to my college days (2004) and another good friend was running this "Debian" operating system and was doing all kinds of crazy cool things! Even this SSH-server stuff and an IRC server! Tried Knoppix out a bit. Wasn't until the dawn of Windows 8 that I said "hey, I should really switch over." Funny enough, the final hold-up for me (besides PC games, but I rarely get time for those) was a video encoder that could properly do a 3:2 pulldown (IVTC). It came down to mencoder or FFmpeg, and I sided with FFmpeg and the "pulldown,decimate" filter combo when I need it. I wouldn't consider myself an expert, more of an FFmpeg Journeyman. Have since learned about video editing, virtual machines, btrfs, SSH, and data recovery.
HOLA PEOPLEZ! I'm about to give Linux a shot using VirtualBox
Wish me luck!
By the way I discovered this on TEH INTRANETZ