I decided to make the move this weekend. Witnessing Kelly adopt GNU/Linux after being a long-time user of Microsoft solutions inspired me to transition away from Microsoft Windows. So, I bought an open-box 500GB Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive from Fry’s Electronics for 140USD, moved all my data files from my Windows desktop, and converted my desktop to one that runs CentOS 5.0.
The computers in my home currently run Mac OS X on a Mac Mini, CentOS 4.4 on an old PII 400MHz, CentOS 5.0 on a P4 2.6GHz, and Microsoft Windows XP Pro on a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop with a Pentium M 2.0GHz processor. I was thinking about trying out Ubuntu, but after hearing that it was derived from Debian, I decided to stick with a distribution based on RedHat Enterprise Linux.