Suggestions for starting out with Linux system

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I'm hoping to get a Linux system. I'm unhappy with Microsoft, and Apple has slowly lost its appeal due to unsolvable problems with my iMac G5. Are there any especially good books or hints about how to start for 1. buying a system with Linux on it 2. Using either an iMac or another machine that I can install Linux on it 3. low cost ways of getting Linux systems Thank you for taking time to read this post. (HowTos)