Originally Posted by jefboyardee
Okay, you guys know infinitely more about Linux than me, but Iíve heard that, for a beginner, Xubuntu
Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.
Yes, it's a good choice. However, there are many other good choices out there, too. Even though I am--as I've said!--partial to *buntu, I actually recommend that new Linux users try several different distros. You have nothing to lose, such as data, because you can run them via their 'live' CD/DVD (i.e., you download and burn an ISO file and then use it to boot up), without actually installing or changing ANYTHING on your hard drive. This is a great way to sample what's out there.
Once you find something that looks viable for you, and works with your hardware (and all modern Linuxes should work pretty effortlessly with hardware now), you can take the next step and actually install it.
Plus, in case you don't know, there are many different desktop environments available for Linux. My preference is KDE
, but there are many and, again, trying them out is the best way to find the one that speaks to you.