Windows to Linux Migration
At first I had reservations about migrating from Windows. I didn't know which "distribution" (version) to use, how to install it, how to install other applications, and whether or not I would have access to similar applications I've used for last 20 years. Truth of the matter is that all my reservations were just that, reservations. I finally realized that "distributions" are simply features added to a core operating system. I decided on Ubuntu.
I took a PC with 256MG RAM, a 40GB drive, and a wireless card.
Here is the migration path I took, and recommend:
1. Download CD ISO image with latest Ubuntu version
2. Download CD burner and burn downloaded image
3. Take a PC and add all the hardware you need,
and make it boot with the newly burn CD
4.Let it go through the motions providing information as prompted,such as time zone, etc.
Once Ubuntu has booted up, play around with it to see if you like it. If you do, double click on the Install icon, if not quit and reboot as usual.
Select Standard personal computer
Choose appropriate location from which to download
Create ISO Image Free Software
Download a free CD burner application(if don't already have one that will burn ISO images) from http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/?page_id=5