First before I start might I say the post limits on there really sucks and makes it hard for me to make a long guide such as this. 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 in my mind Linux is what you make it. Its a highly customizable operating system, a little known competitor to MS windows. It can look exactly like more commonly used OS's or can be something unique to you, for the uses you want it to be used for, usually with no added cost.It comes in all shapes and sizes and caters for many peoples needs, from the uber programmer to the basic desktop user, and should be considered by all as a serious alternative to other operating systems, Here a great article I found on why Linux Pwns your OS take the time to read it.. Put the main points go as this Security and Stability Ratio of money spent versus quality of software Configurability and control Ease of installation of software Excitement in industry / momentum of Linux movement Built as a networking platform and is adapting to the desktop, not the other way around, as Windows was. A wealth of online help and documentation is available Running Linux is very enabling and educational. Take the time to read it here Why Linux is Better.. Forget about any real viruses... Very stable.... It free don't pay $300 for your operating system... Update all your software with a single click... You dont have to copy/download software illegally if you can get it for free... Need new software? Don't bother searching the web, Linux gets it for you. While Vista and osx and just started you can just jump to the next generation of desktops. Choose what your desktop looks like. Enjoy free and unlimited support. You don't wait years for bugs to be solved, report and track them down. No more dam restarting after you installed a little app... Linux has many music players (including AmaroK, Rhythmbox, Banshee, etc.), and some of them are great. Look at AmaroK it manages and plays your music perfectly, learns which tunes you prefer, automatically fetches their title (and lyrics) on the Internet, and even gets the CD covers for you! So many other that you will see in your day to day life after you use linux... How to download and burn Linux to a disk... Pick a Linux Distro Go to the offical site of the Linux distro or a 3ed party website like LinuxTracker(need a bit******* client...) Save the Disk Image(.ISO) to your download folder or your desktop... Use a software burn App that has support to burn A disk Image like ImgBurn You have just burn the iso now lable it and place it back into your cd drive... Pick A Linux Distro Now unlike OSX and Windows, with Linux you have so many "flavors" to pick from...This can be over welling to many people who are used to have maybe 1 or 2 to pick from but never fear that what this guide is for... Desktop Environment Desktop Environment are a little hard to explan to windows users but I shall try... Like I said befor Linux is really about chose and you can pick what you want is your OS... There are tons of Desktop Environment to pick from...Most of you use the Explorer shell built into Windows... built Linux has tons of you to pick from so your not forced into anything.... You can install any Desktop Environment on any linux disrto You can pick from 1. KDE: 2. GNOME: 3. Enlightenment: 4. Xfce Might I add due to the post limts I have other parts that I will be adding so pls hold off on the posting.