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The only thing is there is working with Linux and then there is the Linux as a desktop experience. They are really different, if you want to get to know the shell environment a 386 will do fine, then you could play with cron, apache, Vi, Lynx, grep and all the other command line goodies. A 386 will give you a machine that will enable you to practice administrative skills, but it cut it if you want to see what a modern Linux desktop environment is like. One thing about the Linux desktop is that the amount of choices [webmasterworld.com] you have are enormous. Many of the applications are very solid and easy to use.
If you want to give Linux a real chance as a desktop, make the computer you are using to post to WebmasterWorld dual boot with either Mandrake/Linux or SuSE, or maybe RedHat. Those three are among the easer to install.
littleman - I read that post you linked to...and have flagged it for future reference. It is a wonderful read and will definitely help out.
Both of you suggest going with a standalone (or dual boot) system. That's what I'll probably end up doing. Just thought the prospect of getting a feel for Linux w/o having to actually install/configure it was worth a look.
I've decided to get the new 7.2 distribution and put it on its own hard disk and run a dual boot system with Win 2K, as i am far too green too switch over to linux at this point, though windows, was annoying me in many ways and the thought did occur to just format this system and just learn linux, or don't use the computer, probably not a bad strategy. As long as i can hassle my brother and interrorgate the archives, and members of these forums, i am sure, i will be able too suffice with linux, probably in about six months. Watch out knowledgable linux bods!