Originally Posted by nkk
My only comment would be to also look at Linux mint. In my opinion it is much better than Ubuntu. The internals are pretty much identical, but mint is a lot nicer with gnome 3 or cinnamon.
Further to that, I'd always recommend drawing up a shortlist of 3-5 distros to try before settling on one for the long haul. A lot of people just start with Ubuntu though, then go onto something else a bit down the line...