I'm a new newbie, if that gives you any idea of where I'm coming from. I just installed Mandrake Linux, and I'm still in the process of learning where everything is, how to install, etc...but I can honestly say that the installation itself---including the drivers, etc---were every bit as easy as my XP Pro installation.
My biggest qualm right now is just not knowing how to maneuver and navigate around Linux, but hey...that's why I installed it. I've learned every stinkin' Windows platform there is, and they only get easier to work with, so I needed the challenge of starting over. Didn't want to buy a Mac, and my bro-in-law is raving about Linux, and it's still free, so...the obvious choice.
Have I actually switched over yet? Of course not, and probably never will be 100% Linux. I have too much software that's Windows® compatible to start over with Linux stuff. But it's fun using it, and it's a challenge to work with something that I'm unfamiliar with.
Just my 2˘ worth.