Is the new PCLinuxOS cool? I run Debian but I keep new copies of a few other distros including Knoppix,Kanotix, Slax, Puppy and PCLinuxOS just for the heck of it. I haven't had a chance to burn a copy yet.
The newbie distro has been covered a zillions times.
"Is Linux for you? It is not as difficult as you may have heard."
"MEPIS and Xandros are considered the best for new Linux users who want to get productive in Linux as soon as possible without having to master all its complexities. On the other end of the spectrum, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware and FreeBSD are more advanced distributions that require plenty of learning before they can be used effectively. Mandriva, Red Hat, Ubuntu and SUSE can be classified as good "middle-road" distributions. Knoppix is a so-called live CD - it is great for trying out Linux without getting your hands dirty as it runs directly from a CD, no installation required. "