so currently the box is down to XP pro
time to change
Ive installed a few different linux systems before, namely Open SuSe and Ubuntu, but all in all im pretty new to non-windows.
I made it through dependency hell with ubuntu 64 trying to get At the time new line hardware working, took 3 weeks to get sound but i got it.
so ive got partitions sitting around waiting for something, and im wondering what to install. Ive got a need for a good development OS, something i can run eclipse on (which i am bound to by the university), as well as any other good tools for other languages. All i want in that OS really is the ability to get some background music running, and to be able to code away. if theres a way to get 64 bit running nicely with ease, then sure, ill be ahppy to, but not if its gonna be another "oh hai you liek sound FUK YUU!" experience like 64 bit seems to be with linux IME. I am not glued to linux, if you have other suggestions, although that seems like a good place to start. something lightweight
If you're new to Linux, Ubuntu is about as easy as you can get. I'm guessing you have newer hardware? When I installed Ubuntu 64 on my 1-yr old computer it found the sound card and loaded the appropriate module without me asking.
If you really want to dig into the internals of Linux, install Gentoo. But if you just want a working system with an easy install, I'd say Ubuntu is the way to go.