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Many would probably refer you to Mandrake 10 as a good choice as a first Linux experience.
You can purchase a "Linux For Dummies" kit at my local bookstore for $50 US which not only gives you that hefty book for reference, but also a full version of Fedora on DVD to save the time of downloading and burning your own.
Almost all are free to download. There are a few which cost money, but most have at least one free version.
Mastaoneil; su agree with trickykid any distro has lots of apps; to choose from, trick is how much knowledge of linux have you acquired? linux maybe
easy but not like Windows,but complex and your in complete control of linux. no direct support but thru user to user. the more you know the more
its easier. before plunging in dual boot dual os from downloads as a trail.
mastaoneil; as advised you may have to look and try them all on a trial-basis. most all distro,s have apps bountiful. depends on what your looking for which is subjective. our suggestions are same. what we recommend are subjective from our point of view. apology that so many distro,s and
choices to make but you`ll have to make them, we can only guide but you
will have final decision. last suggestion.; download afew and try. you`ll get
what applies to you!