Why choose Linux over any other operating system? What advantages will Linux bring? What disadvantages? Will my computer run it? What distribution shoud I choose? Those are some of the most common questions asked about Linux. I to had those questions when I first tried Linux and after googling around for a while I finally pieced together a general idea of what I wanted. It can be a pain to find what you want so I have made this section of the site to help answer your questions and to help you choose the best Linux distribution for your needs.
Linux over another OS?
The real question should be why not Linux? Linux is an amazing operating system that can help you make the most out of your computer, and even make older pc's be usable again. Linux can be installed with no problem on most modern hardware and with just a little tweaking on alot of older hardware. Linux has great compatibility and can run alot of programs available for Windows and Mac along with programs that are linux only. Linux also can run WINE which is a program that allows you to run .exe files on Linux without the need to install Windows. Most Linux Distributions are free unlike Windows and Mac which can cost alot. Most Linux Distributions have the option of a live cd so you can test it out without installing and see if you like it.
Linux can bring many advantages to your computer. It is amazing what just the simple change of the operating system can do to a computer. By installing Linux you may "refresh" your computer and let it live up to its complete or maybe original glory. Windows and Mac can become "bloated" overtime and just simply need to be reset or decide that it wants more resources from your computer. Don't be left out when that time arrives already have a Linux live CD made or have Linux installed on a hard drive or USB stick. Linux is compatible right out of the box with most drivers/devices and can easily add drivers for unknown devices. Linux basically can be tweaked to look and run just as you want it.
Linux disadvantages are really only based on the users opinion. One of the main disadvantages for most people is the different layout than Mac and Windows. If you never have used Mac or Windows than you shouldn't have many problems. Some disadvantages that may be found are lack of programs for some distributions or features/settings in some distributions that others may have.
Will my Computer run it?
Your computer will more than likely be able to run some sort of Linux distribution whether it be a GUI (Graphical User Interface) or a terminal. If your computer was purchased within the last 10-12 years you should be fine or if it shipped with any version Windows XP you should be fine to run a GUI. If your computer is older than 12 years (say it shipped with Win 3.1,95,98.ME,2000) than you may be able to get a lightweight GUI or terminal. There really aren't any definite hardware needed for Linux basic use such as a graphics card or network adapter. It all really depends on what you are going to use the computer for.
What Distribution should i choose?
It can be very hard to choose the correct Linux distribution. It can be really narrowed down depending on your computer specs and personal experience/preference. Check out here for help picking the right distribution for your needs.