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I wouldn't recommend either.. none of them are good at teaching you anything abut linux... and finding software they don't include in their personal repositories is a pain.. I would actually recommend something like SuSE or slackware... many people fear slackware, until they try it.. it doesn't have a pretty package managament system.. but that's okay... it's rock solid as it is.. SuSE does have a great package management system.. and is onefo the oldest distros... it's very polished... I recommend an FTP install of 9.2 professional.. you won't be disapointed..
The latest version of Xandros seems like it would be a good option if your looking for a straight forward replacement for windows since it is made to look and feel like Windows. If on the other hand you want a good desktop and you want to get in and start to really learn Linux I would reccomend SuSE. The one thing that can be said about SuSE is that it has some of the best hardware support I've seen.
there are a couple places to look for tutorials. The first is the programs web site, most programs have good tutorials and documentation there. The second is the man pages, these are more for command line options and command use/syntax. The third: most distros have a help center that has decent help. the fourth would be to ask a question here, detailed, specific questions are usually better, and the fifth is our good friend google.
Mepis or to be mroe exact simply mepis looks good for the newbie. It's a single CD download & not over loaded with apps. Installing new applications is easy with debians apt-get system & you can get graphical front ends to make it even easier.
When I started out I started on Suse 8.2 but to be honest I was just overwhealmed by all the included software. It really was just too much especially when you don't know what does what etc & there are many versions of similar things like movie players for example. It was only when I installed Slackware that I really started to feel relaxed with Linux. It doesn't install millions of things but at the same time has most things you would need. Documentation is good & there is a great version of Gnome called 'Dropline Gnome' for it. However if you are coming from Windows, KDE will proably be easier to understand. I am coming from an Apple Mac side & prefer Gnome desktop environment which is similar.