I did a search on Linux and I didn't really see a thread like this so I'm starting one. I just installed Red Hat Fedora Core 2 on a 4 year old Dell (600 MHz Celeron, 256MB Ram, 80 Gig HD) over the weekend. 1600 programs for $48--not bad! I got the 4 CD set included with Christopher Negus Fedora 2 Bible--a 1000 page book. I've wanted to learn about networking, servers, and the inner workings of power computing and this approach makes much more sense to me than Window$. The Dell used to run (just barely) Windows Me (aka the official "glitch like a b!tch" OS) and my HP P4 runs XP. I'm especially looking forward to using the ARTS analog synth and other audio apps. The basic sound recorder in the KDE dektop includes a level control with meter and a full-functioned compressor--very nice! I still have a lot of learning to do, and some bugs to work out, but just 5 days with this stuff has been more satisfying than my last 5 years using Windows. I am a tinkering techhead type, though, and Linux is definitely not for super-casual users. So what distributions are people using, on what kind of hardware? Any problems using a dual-boot system with Windows (I've heard about some problems with this with the 2.6 kernel)? Any hard-core audio users have stories to share--ARTS, Ardour, and Rosegarden all look intriguing. Any useful tips/links/etc. are greatly appreciated.