I am an "aged" linux user. I have a few recommendations based on a few use parameters. 1: Do you NEED linux. 2: Can you use tools outside of windows for forever? 3: Are you going to play with stuff? (UI's system, system stuff, etc) 4: Are you willing to break and reinstall? If yes to any / all of these then welcome to our world!! To start: Do you need linux? I say this because BSD is solid as hell and awesome. I love OSX as a unix and freeBSD is solid as hell. Look into that and nothing will break unless you smack it with a cement club. If you don't care, ok! Great! I am going to throw out Ubuntu Mate as a first choice. It has all sorts of work in there from the devs and users just like Arch Linux. It's awesome. Next, Arch. I only recommend it as a way to build what you want and learn linux from the ground up. Easy to install and easy to learn from. It's a little concerning at the start because you start at a command prompt and thats it. If that doesn't scare you you really are a linux user XD Lastly, Debian anything. Start on debian based distros if not arch and add what you want later on. Doing it that way will give you the biggest support pool possible. Lastly, in looking at OS's, look at what support you can get. Research anything you are unsure of and if something seems like it will go wrong look at what you can ask about where. IRC is normally the best place but if you don't know how to use it look at forums where you can ask. For example asking somewhere like somethingawful's forum is a bad idea even though there are thousands of linux users there. Asking here could get you some support but not immense amounts. Asking at ubuntu forums is a good idea, but there are still a lot of users who think ubuntu and windows are the same. Past all of that, strap in and hang on!