The title of this particular blog post may be a bit misleading. It's not meant to be. It's meant to make a point about Linux and all the software that runs on Linux.
Allow me to explain.
My cartoonist friend, the late Wesley Alexander would call me regularly and we'd discuss cartooning, politics, sports, etc. It's the cartooning discussions that were the most engaging. One of the topics that would come up over and over would be the tools of the trade. As cartoonists, we'd always be in search of the ultimate pen, pencil, or brush. That ever elusive drawing utensil that would magically lay down a line so clean and precise it would transform a drawing from mediocre to a masterpiece.
But Wes would always point out that, as cartoonists, we should be able to just grab and work with whatever pen or pencil was nearby. Because, despite certain intricacies, there's really not much difference between pens and pencils. They all work the same.
So it is with Linux. Linux works just like Windows. OpenOffice and Gimp work just like Microsoft Office and PhotoShop. If you know how to use Windows, MSOffice, and Photoshiop (or similar photo editing program), you can use Linux, OpenOffice, and Gimp (and all the other great Linux programs!).
Don't let the pro Microsoft folks intimidate you. Linux is friendly and familiar. It just won't get infected with Windows viruses or give you a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death).
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.