I'm surptrised nobody's replied to your post.
I've been using linux for just over a year (I think). For linux newbies, this is probably the best place to get help that I've found. There is a separate forum devoted to making the leap from windows.
I'm using Red Hat 7.3 and it's fine.
Installation doesn't involve any hands on coding, but the nifty thing about the whole linux thing is that ir's infinitely configurable, you can write scripts for anything that takes your fancy- or not.
Hope that helps.