Right - decided to take the plunge and go all out for Linux - Power to the Penguin! Anyways, now comes the hard bit (well before messing with kernels!) which distro do I go for. I'd really appreciate some help as the bewildering array of distros has done exactly that. I got an e-mail suggesting Gentoo and I have been impressed by the documentation and support forums despite it being aimed at the power user. It also seems to be very up to date in terms of kernal and KDE 3.0.1 plus wide range of additional packages I'd appreciate any suggestions that people have for distros which have great or excellent documentation that an intellingent newbie could understand. I don't mind a non GUI install as long as there are detailed instructions for the installation process. If it helps, my hardware is: Epox K3A+ Athlon XP 1700+ @1700ish (changes regularly!) 2 Maxtor 740X 40gigs - RAID 0 GF4 Ti4400 onboard sound 3com 905C-TX NIC MO LK204-25PC LCD Thanks to anyone who replies :dude: Coolrunnin.