I do recommend more RAM if you can afford that, 2GB is a good amount, 4GB would be sweet, Ubuntu is RAM eager and uses about 500MB just to go up. Open a terminal and run "top" you will see how much is in use.
Originally Posted by suckless.org community
The GUI way of Ubuntu will stop people from thinking.
Still Ubuntu is a good start for learning but you won't learn that much there as it come with a "GUI way".
Do experiment as much distributions you can that is one way to know what Linux is about, the 1st thing is freedom.
I do use Debian
custom install, Debian is rock solid. Take a look on it you might like, Ubuntu is based on Debian.
You can get the live one here: http://live.debian.net/