Originally Posted by Zeke311
Might there have been a different distro I should have tried/should be using for a COMPLETE noob?
Ubuntu is a pretty good place to start.
I know some will argue this point, but you can get by without having to touch the console. With that said, the console is a very powerful utility.
For basic program installations (called package management) in Ubuntu you have two tools to use. 'apt-get' is a console command to install basically anything in the software repositories. If you aren't sure it's in there, just try it, and it'll prompt you (if you don't add any arguments to the command) before it installs. You can also use the wildcard "*" on the end to search for anything including the name, e.g. "apt-get gcc*" will find a lot of stuff relating to the GNU compiler collection, so you can install all of it, or select which packages you want to install.
The other way is your Synaptic package manager, or something along that name. Find it in your taksbar menu somewhere and do a search for the program.
The best way I learned Linux was solving problems, and figuring out how to do stuff. Ubuntu has good support so if you run into something you want to do, just do a quick google and you're bound to come up with directions or a solution. If not, come post in here and we'll point you in the right direction.
For now I'd say look up basic console commands, like ls, cp, mv, cd, all your basic navigation stuff, as well as what root is. I hope you stick with it, because you sound like you're interested in it.
Don't get frustrated or overwhelmed.Edited by esocid - 12/21/10 at 1:32pm