I have been building my own pcs (and friends') for quite awhile, so I am comfortable with the hardware. I've taken several programming courses in my years of education and was fairly functional in DOS. My current machine is an Asus M2NPV-VM mb , 8Gb ram , two Western Digitail 300Gb 10k rpm Velociraptors , using onboard DVI video. I'm running Windows XP professional 32-bit on one drive, and I wanted to go with a 64-bit OS on the other drive. Linux seemed like a good choice, so I downloaded the isos and burned bootdisks for Ubuntu 12.04 AND Mint 14 KDE. I downloaded Mint after Ubuntu would not boot after being loaded on the hard drive. The Mint bootdisk never generated a viewable screen, just video junk. Now, I have some patience; but not a huge amount. I read on various sites that Ubuntu was very user friendly and the same for Mint. When neither of them can perform a basic load, boot and run...I become somewhat skeptical of the whole "wonderfulness" of Linux. Is there a "Distro for Idiots"?