Originally Posted by nealt
Thanks for the response. Can you recommend a Desktop Manager? Are there many varieties of these available? If so what are pros and cons of these? Sorry to be so uninformed, I am learning by trial and error as I have only ever used Windows up to this week. Still none of us are perfect are we!
I can list some desktop managers. I can't recommend any specific one though because it's entirely up to personal preference (many a debate has broken out over that question).
The big three desktop environments are GNOME, KDE, and XFCE.
KDE is the oldest one; it's been around since the mid-90s. This is the most Windows-like of the DEs and it has tons of options and configurability. The downside is that it uses more resources (disk space and RAM) than the other two.
GNOME is arguably the most like Macintosh. GNOME favors simplicity and tends to limit the amount of configurability and options presented to the user in order to avoid confusion.
XFCE is the lightest of the three. XFCE adopts a minimalist approach and doesn't come with all of the thrills of the other desktops. XFCE uses the least memory and computer resources of all of the big three.
There are a bunch of other desktop environments and windows managers as well but a new user should probably start with one of the above three.