Originally Posted by help im a noob
just got a compaq with windows me
im wondering if theres anything cool i can do with it? like linux or something? what exactly does linux do to a notebook considering they already have so many features?
If you're a newbie... you need to stay away from Linux.
Linux is an operating system. If you want to "try" Linux WITHOUT installing the OS to your hard drive you can download a copy of Knoppix, burn it to cd/dvd, stick it in your dvd drive, reboot... and boot into Linux.
(Knoppix being a "version" of Linux.)http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=knoppix
So far as your other questions, what Linux will do... Linux will probally run faster, crash less, (once you get it set-up with your hardware) and there are tons of FREE apps out there. Another plus to Linux over Windoz, is "if" there is a problem, or a custom app is needed there are thousands of fans of Linux around the world that code, write programs 24/7... Problem pops up with Linux and you have 100,000 people from around the world working on that problem... Windoz on the other hand only putting manpower on a problem if it is widespread...