Well, I figure that's enough talking about it ... let's get down to the nitty-gritty! Obviously, most people who presently are going to be reading this thread are exploring the possibilities and don't have a Linux DAW ... yet! So, where's a nOOb to start? Well, speaking from personal experience, decide which distro(s) you want to check-out, download or buy them, and then comes the fun part ... the dreaded INSTALLATION! So, pros, let's discuss these first steps. Perhaps you could give your views on these things: 1) Which particular Linux distribution do you recommend for a first-timer? 2) For a Linux nOOb, do you recommend downloading distros for free to check them out, buying distro CDs at very cheap prices from online distributors, or buying an Authorized version from the distro company complete with their included support? 3) Given that each peecee has different components, perhaps you could give some recommendations regarding particulars of hardware that works well with Linux (in general), and hardware to avoid due to known problems and incompatibilities. 4) What tips can you give to those of us who are Linux-challenged regarding installation? I know these things may seem downright silly to those reading this who don't yet have any Linux experience, but the first thing you will discover is that Linux is a "whole 'nother Beast" than Windows or the Mac OS. Installation is much more difficult, and drivers can be a total nightmare. The various distributions of Linux are very different from each other, and they each have their particular quirks. Ball's in your court, guys! Get us nOObs started!