Gary says: Well, they finally got to me. Since taking over as Linux Format's production editor in October I've spent many a happy hour listening to Andrew enthuse about Mint, Graham's Pulse Audio gripes, general misty-eyed recollection of Mike's creation of MikeOS, and Effy's insistence that ChimiChangas are a valid and relevant component of the free software movement. Throughout all this, I've managed to keep my head down and remain aloof from the world of Linux, clinging to the belief that ignorance is bliss. But this month the powers that be at Linux Towers have put their hands deep into their pockets, or raided the skip out the back of PC World, and scraped together the hardware to build me my very first Linux box. It now sits here, resplendant, on my desk, waiting to be turned on, but I have literally no idea what to do with it. So, this is where you, loyal readers, come in. Recommend the best possible distro to get me, a complete newbie and relative technophobe, started, and furnish me with your handy tips. And each day after I've completed my stack of pages for the magazine, been thrown my scraps of food and had my shackles loosened, I'll spend a little time attempting to get to grips with the world of Linux. Be gentle.
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