I'm a total Linux noob, but a great Windows user. What distro is best for me?
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Ok, one more question: I'm trying to burn an ISO file onto a blank CD. The burner isn't recognizing the d: drive. It says "D drive is inaccessible. Incorrect function." I am a burn of a disk away from possibly finding computer bliss after a good couple of weeks of pure Windows hell, please help me.
I would avoid Ubuntu 9.10 'Karmic Koala'. Both from my own experience and what I've heard from others, it's full of problems. I think you'd be better using the previous version, 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' - it still gets bugfix and security updates, and you can enable the 'backports' repository if you want newer versions of applications.
PCLinuxOS was good last time I used it - but that was several years ago.
EDIT: If you're having trouble burning a CD in Windows, you could try using Wubi to install Ubuntu, perhaps as a temporary install to allow you to burn a CD for a standard install.