For those of you who don’t know what Linux is here are some sources where you can read that up:
Most Linux’s disto’s are free. The best Linux distro for beginners in my opinion is Ubuntu because of it’s ease to use and because of the massive community where you can find answers to every question. If you think Ubuntu isn’t for you than there are other distro’s like Debian, Slackware, Madriva etc. There are a lot of them, so you might want to do a little bit of research before you decide.
Now that you have decided on what distro you are going to use, visit it’s website and there you can find a download link with manuals on how to install it, or if you just want to try it out you can download it, write it on a CD/DVD and use it as a LiveCD . You can install Linux on Windows and with Windows (as a multi-boot). At the start-up there will be a menu called GRUB that will allow you to choose between which OS you want to load.
If you are like me you are going to hate it at first! But after some time you will start to love it, you just need dedication, because there are literally a hundred reasons why you should use Linux. There are excellent (free!) alternatives to most of the useful programs that you use on i.e. Windows. And if you can’t find an alternative for a program you can use a Windows emulator like Wine which is pretty simple to use, and you can use Windows programs under Linux.
I’m not going to lie to you, Linux will be a bit hard to learn, it’s even going to be a bit hard to adjust to it as well. There is a lot of reading involved in learning Linux, so if you don’t like to read much you’re going to have a hard time learning Linux. There is a manual written for almost everything so it won’t be hard to learn what a program does or what a command is for. Speaking of command, the Linux command line (terminal) is a powerful tool also, but I rather not go into any detail about anything now.
So are you going to try out Linux? All you need is some free time, dedication, internet connection and a blank CD/DVD. If you decide to try out Ubuntu I recommend you Ubuntu Pocket Guide ebook, it’s all you need for a start. You can even use it as an insight in Linux if you still have trouble deciding.
That’s about it, if you have any questions feel free to ask via comment. See you on the Tux side of life!