Chris - Always happy to see another person interested in checking out linux.. :) What I'd recommend is purchasing a copy of Mandrake linux(7.2) (or Corel Linux or RedHat7.0 are good too) at Best Buy or your local book store.. Couple reasons why.. Mandrake is really really easy to use and is geared more towards the linux newbie who is making the swtich from windows to linux, like yourself. Purchasing it will also get you all the documentation, getting started guides, and stuff like that.. Once you're comfortable with it, you can try downloading and experimenting with other distributions like redhat, caldera, or debian at your leisure.. Once you're ready to hit CF & Linux, feel free to ask here.. Myself and a few others have a good amount of experience with that duo(evolt.org runs on that setup) and we're always willing to help out :) Good luck and have fun! .djc. Chris Montgomery wrote: > Howdy folks, > > I've been monitoring the list for a couple weeks and this is my first post. > I've been Microsoft centric since 1985 and figure it's time to learn > something new, so Linux is it. I want to start playing with Linux and am > wondering what you might suggest to get started. Buy a book and just jump > in? Download the software or purchase a packaged app like Red Hat? Which > versions of Linux do you recommend? > > My immediate goal is to get my feet wet with the Linux OS then eventually > move some of my ColdFusion projects to run under Linux. Any pointers to get > me moving in the right direction would be much appreciated.