Switching to Linux

I have decided to switch over to linux from microsoft and have some questions. Which one of the OS from Linux would be my best choice.  What are the best open source software for an office suite, email etc that I should use.  I normally use firefox for the internet right now.  Also, do I need to worry about viurs or malware software at all and if so, which ones should I use?

Thanks in advance.

wgallipeauAsked:
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ygouthamCommented:
hi there, welcome to the world of linux (only if you know to survive the basic commands !!!)

for your desktop

there is Ubuntu (a single cd containe openoffice too)
              fedora  etc

for server  centos
                   fedora   etc

office suites

Openoffice.org
Koffice suite

and also you have  some ather office softwares  like  

abiword
gnumeric

etc

email   Thunderbird
            evolution
            kmail
            mozilla mail

browser   mozilla, Firefox( firefox is default natively for  LINUX)

Dont worry about virus and malware as there is none existent which are doing the rounds







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ygouthamCommented:
the above thread is also a similar thought process running with more participation and a detailed description of various flavours of linux.

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wgallipeauAuthor Commented:
This is great.  I did receive a copy of red hat 10 from someone. How does that compare to some of the other os that linux has?  I also have some books on linux at home that i hope will help with the commands I may need to use. Anything else I need to know?
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