I am planning to migrate from Mac OS X and Windows to either a Unix or Linux distribution, i.e. I am a Linux/Unix beginner.
Right now the following caught my interest:
Debian: Well established with huge repository of 20000+ apps.
gNewSence: "Totally free" version of Ubuntu, so it should be more beginner friendly?
OpenSolaris: Also open-source, and built on "strong" Unix base.
I do mainly basic tasks such as web browsing, office work, maintaining big photo collection, and a little bit of programming.
How "free" are each of these distributions compared to each other, is this whole freedom thing a big deal?
Will a binary labeled as for Ubuntu work on gNewSense?
What are simple IDEs for Debian and gNewSense?