Ok you just resized that Windows Xp sucks and your to poor to buy a Mac what do you do well you use linux there are many Linux distro and i will help you pick one
What is linux
linux if a free OS that for the most part is virus and spyware free. It run on open sorce software so there is no need to buy any software
first up there
Sabayon Linux http://www.sabayonlinux.org/
Sabayon Linux is a live DVD designed to transform a computer into a powerful Gentoo Linux system in less than 5 minutes. Gentoo Linux is a Linux distribution powered by a software install manager engine called "Portage". Besides functioning as a live DVD, Sabayon Linux can also be installed on a hard disk, acting effectively as an easy-to-use Gentoo installation disk. The live DVD includes a large range of desktop environments and open source software applications, such as KDE, GNOME, XFce, Fluxbox, KOffice, OpenOffice.org, FreeNX, amaroK, Kaffeine, etc.
Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system (this info is taken from there website)
Ubuntu offers you a complete Linux-based operating system, including all the major applications you need to play and work. With a strong focus on a
desktop that Just Works, Ubuntu is a great choice for home or the office. The base system and all included software is free, and support is available from the community or by professional support providers.
When you start the system for the first time you are greeted by a desktop that is unusually clean and tidy. No desktop icons by default! Even the recycling bin has been moved down to the taskbar. The default theme is designed to be easy on the eye. But Linux is inherently flexible; you can customise the look and behaviour of the desktop in a range of ways, from simply changing the default theme to selecting a different desktop environment altogether.
A standard Ubuntu install contains a selection of useful applications. In the Applications menu you will find OpenOffice 2.0 for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, Gimp for image editing and more.
Safe and easy web browsing with Mozilla Firefox
Ubuntu offers you the powerful and standard-compliant Firefox web browser. With tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking and more, Firefox is a great way to safely enjoy the Internet.
A wealth of additional software
Need more software? You can choose from hundreds of software packages in the Ubuntu software catalogue, all available to download and install with the click of a button. And it's all completely free.
Why should you pick Ubuntu
Ubuntu is one of the most supported linux out there. Ubuntu also has one of the best user interface out there. Ubuntu in my opinion is the best linux to use if your new to linux. It very easy to install stuff on and is very stable
and will run great on older computers
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SUSE http://en.opensuse.org/Welcome_to_openSUSE.org(info taken from there to)
SUSE Linux, created and maintained by the openSUSE project, is a stable, integrated Linux operating system that includes the latest open source packages for desktop productivity, multimedia, Web-hosting, networking infrastructure and application development. It contains everything you need to get started with Linux and is ideal for individuals who wish to use Linux on their personal workstations or to drive their home networks.
Why should you use SUSE
Like Ubuntu SUSE is also great for new linux users but i liked SUSE destop and for it multimeda options. Also i found that it has better plug in play for things like my psp and digital camera and i found(well at ltest on my compter) it booted faster than Ubuntu
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Damn Small linux http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
Damn Small Linux is very small (50MB) Live CD Linux distribution. Despite its small size it very good to have a functional and easy to use desktop in my flash drive. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop, including MP3, and MPEG playcack, FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck a word-processor Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC),a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well. If you like Damn Small Linux you can install it on your hard drive. Because all the applications are small and light it makes a very good choice for older hardware.
Why should you use Damn Small linux
DSl is great if you use other poeple computers it fits on a flash drive so you can take this with you every where it and can run on almost any computer. So if you hate use your school compters OS(witch whould be Xp in most case) you can use this like i do
Other Linux i should also talk about
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these 3 are the best to use but there some other linux that are also very good
and a very qucik copy and past summary about them
Knoppix is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. Knoppix can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.
PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2GB of programs on one CD including a complete X server, KDE desktop, OpenOffice.org and many more applications all ready to use. In addition to the live CD, you can also install PCLinuxOS to your hard drive with an easy-to-use livecd-installer. Additional applications can be added or removed from your hard drive using a friendly apt-get front end via Synaptic.
Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more
and for update on these and new linux vist http://distrowatch.com/
The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat, open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from open source software. Development will be done in a public forum. The project will produce time-based releases of Fedora Core about 2-3 times a year, with a public release schedule. The Red Hat engineering team will continue to participate in building Fedora Core and will invite and encourage more outside participation than in past releases. By using this more open process, we hope to provide an operating system more in line with the ideals of free software and more appealing to the open source community.
SmoothWall is a family of Internet security products, designed to defend your users and your network from external attacks. SmoothWall Express is based on the Linux operating system. Linux is the ideal choice for security systems; it is well proven, secure, highly configurable and freely available as open source code. SmoothWall includes a hardened subset of the GNU/Linux operating system, so there is no separate OS to install. Designed for ease of use, SmoothWall is configured via a web-based GUI, and requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use.
and to find more updates on these and more linux vist http://distrowatch.com/
and if one of you chould pm me to tell me where i missed up