My greatest hesitation before installing Linux has been choosing the right distribution- then finally realized that there is not right one! The decision was down to Ubuntu and Mint – Mint won! I looks clean and crisp and modern. I read through lots of forums and posts reading up on the proper way to partition my drive. I downloaded a DVD ISO from a mirror site, burned a CD and booted up. As usual, nothing goes completely smoothly. I had to edit my bios to boot from a DVD, but once I got that covered I was able to run Mint. All seemed functional and I was able to connect to the internet!
Then realized, oh no, I had no drive large enough to back up my whole computer. With a kid at USC, there is not much extra left in the budget for my toys but I finally splurged on a terabyte drive! I am off to back up my computer and will install with a dual boot tomorrow.
Onward and Upward!