I am somewhat new to "real" Linux. I had a winspire/linspire, (after M$ sued them over the name) PC I bought, several years back. that Linux OS has the Click N' run library, that downloads & installs all your programs, so I orginally thought Linux was as easy as Windows, although much cheaper(I think the PIII 1Ghz, 256MB of Ram 40GB HDD tower cost me all of $299 in late 2000.
I bought it because my old Dell XPS(with a pentium 100Mhz cpu 4MB of RAM and 200MB hdd) was slowing down, when I upgraded from Win 3.1 to Win95.
I heard WinME was a mess, and someone told me I shold get a Wintergreen PC with Winspire. Great price, and it worked well.
until 3 months ago. I bought another Dell, this time a notebook(inspiron 6400) with XP Pro on it. I cna't believe how much money I spent on it, & all the apps I needed to protect it. Then a vulnerabilirty pops up & someone is trying to hack me...