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I'm thinking about installing linux on my computer. I know next to nothing about linux, so here are some questions.

1)Which distro is best for a real newbie? I mean, I'm fine with Windows but Linux I hear is, um, quite different.

2)Will it work with my hardware (mobo is Aopen s661GXm-u with Celoron 340).

3)If I install it on the same HDD as Windows, (on a different partition, of course) will I need some kind of boot manager program?

4)I'm looking at ubuntu, but does anyone know anything about Linspire?

5)If I download a copy, do I have to burn to a CD?
 

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1)Which distro is best for a real newbie? I mean, I'm fine with Windows but Linux I hear is, um, quite different.

I like Ubuntu, in fact I still like Ubuntu. It's Debian without all the work

2)Will it work with my hardware (mobo is Aopen s661GXm-u with Celoron 340).

Yes, linux works with everything. One way or another.

3)If I install it on the same HDD as Windows, (on a different partition, of course) will I need some kind of boot manager program?

Yes. Grub is the bootloader of choice and the alternative is Lilo. One will come on any distro you download.

4)I'm looking at ubuntu, but does anyone know anything about Linspire?

Well Linspire is linux that you pay for. That's one reason right there to never ever use it.

5)If I download a copy, do I have to burn to a CD?

Yes, although there are some that you can install from USB drives and such
 
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