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Just one thing, if you are familiar with Vista Ubuntu may be somewhat confusing with its Unity interface, so I would rather recommend to go for Linux Mint. But of course you are free to try them all, both have Live-CDs, so that you can try before doing an install.
Two things you might consider.
1. Linux is available on live media: you can try it (a bit slowly) from CD or DVD before committing yourself to installing.
2. Linux comes with different 'desktops' (user interfaces). You need to find one you like, and the most reliable and easy are KDE and Xfce.
So, download the live CDs of Mint in both KDE and Xfce versions, and see which set-up you prefer.