It's been long since I last used Linux. About a year ago. Hehehe...
Personally, I prefer SuSe since it provides the best administration interface.
The second place would be Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) since it provides a good fail-safe interface.
I heard Ubuntu is worth a try too. Hmm... I think I'm gonna try it soon.
"Righteous is always honorable, but honor is not always righteous." - Me ^_^
When you install Linux Mint 9. Are really ready to go. Already has all the codecs to view video files, music, etc. A true test of how he is ready, its going to YouTube directly after installing the operating system. And if you can watch YouTube videos right after the installation is complete, more or less good to go.