Not looking for advice necessarily, just wanting to comment on the difficulty in trying to install and learn any Linux distro. I've read and heard on many Linux forums of the problems people associate with moving from a Windows environment to Linux but until trying it myself I never could understand what the issues were. Until now.
On my older HP box running XP I decided to try to extend it's life a while by installing a Linux OS. Mind you,this old computer would only be used for web surfing,blogging,home spreadhseets,etc....basically very minor stuff. It has 2gb of RAM,80gb HD,2.4 processor,etc...So far I have tried Zorin, Ubuntu,Linux Mint Debian & Rebecca. I can run Debian from the DVD but it hangs up when I try to install it. Zorin installed but then quit working after only a few hours...won't even load now. As for the others they will either not load or hang up during installation.
So I guess what I'm saying is that i understand now why the majority of Windows users have such a hard time migrating to Linux. Maybe we're spoiled, but with Windows we have come to expect to turn the machine on and that's it. Of course, there are countless issues with Windows that we've all had to deal with but this post isn't about that. I'm simply saying that until there is a truly easy to install and run distro Linux will never compete with the masses. Maybe that's by design?
Which is a shame because there must be millions of computers out there that could still be useful machines if only there was an "out of the box"distro that the average person could install and successfully run without having to do things that require a steep learning curve.
Again, not wanting to start any Windows vs Linux wars,just relaying one man's experiences who really does want to use Linux of some variety.