Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
People who don't know Linux may shiver when they hear the word 'Linux'. Command line! Difficult! Not for me, thanks.
But it isn't like that. I think if most people try Linux, they will find they actually like it. It has all the software you need on a computer. Many people could be surprised with the software available - all free to use - and probably use some of it already. Firefox, Thunderbird, the incredible OpenOffice, VLC Player, the list goes on.
I have tried dozens of Linux distributions in my time. I am Joe Average. I have no interest in command lines and complex issues. I want to write my novels, watch my movies, store my pictures, and have the opportunity to try an assortment of free and/or open source applications.
Linux offers hundreds of different distributions, or variations, as well as different environments such as the KDE interface and the Gnome interface. As a MS Windows user, of ex-user, KDE attracted me much more than Gnome. PCLinuxOS offers both among others.
I have wanted to use PCLinuxOS for a while now, so when it was released, I jumped on line and downloaded both the KDE and Gnome variants.