My computer recently took a swan dive (as seen in GQ) and I don’t have my Windows XP CD or CD key or anything that came with it anymore.
I’m a little bit upset about that but I also thought it might be the perfect time to go back to Linux. Then I checked out Mandrake and SUSE, two of the more “mainstream” distros, and neither one of them are free!
Is there a good mainstream distro out there that has plenty of software and is still free or has Linux pretty much gone the way of what they used to hate?
I’ve been boned by weird, unpopular distros before so I don’t even want to know about Cousin Ralphie’s Linux 1.5, no matter how good it is, and I don’t want a half-assed distro that claims to be free but then wants you to pay for pretty much any functionality. I’m also not an uber-Linux geek or even really an uber-computer geek anymore; I just want a good free home OS with some decent software. Does that exist anymore?