If you've always wanted to try Linux, now is a good time. I recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 exclusively on my laptop without a hitch. Wireless card worked, external drives worked, sound worked... all out-of-the-box without special configuration.
But before I continue, a quick Linux 101:[More]
As a computer science major, I obviously do a lot of work on the computer. However, sometimes the projects I do require special software only available at the computer science (L)UNIX lab.
I usually don't like to work at the computer lab, because it's cold, dirty, and usually there is somebody there who isn't up-to-date on the latest hygiene products.
This software, however, is usually graphical, so it's not as simple as SSHing in.
That's when I discovered Cygwin/X, a program that allows me to remotely use the grahical software from the computer lab, right at home!
It's a little difficult to setup and run at first, so I setup this little tutorial.[More]