At the risk of starting a holy war…
Today I upgraded my computer from Windows XP home to Windows XP Pro. I did it, but I hated it. I’ve had it with Bill Gates and want to move onto a *nix environment.
I had heard great things about RedHat 9.0, but I found out that it is no longer available. Red Hat now has Enterprise and some other versions. So now I’m left with the question, what is the best *nix environment for a new user?
I’ve used unix and am very comfortable in the environment. At least I know how to do things like ls -l, vi, etc. I’ve installed cygwin on a previous computer. That is to say I’m not a complete newbie to *nix.
I don’t need a server. I use my home PC for various home stuff, such as budgeting, some programming and general web surfing and e-mail.
I found several sites describing the major differences between FreeBSD and Linux, but it doesn’t answer the biggest question for me (beyond “it depends”): Which is best for me, the casual user?
What are the biggest and most significant differences between FreeBSD and Linux for a new, casual user?