eric... if you have not tried to install a Linux Distro recently, I would give it a try again. I was with you when I tried installing Debian about 3 years ago... I had to have help otherwise I could never get it to work.
However, I have installed Fedora Core 1 and 2 recently (http://fedora.redhat.com/
) and both installs are quite user-friendly. As long as you know that you need a primary partition and a swap partition, anyone can install Fedora... and the bonus (besides being free) is that it comes with OpenOffice (Which is Microsoft Offices' biggest competition) already installed.
I have the DVD image file on my hard drive, and I would be willing to share it via FTP if anyone is interested (assuming I can get my FTP to work with SP2
) PM me if interested.