It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Ubuntu. I want to make that quite clear. I’m sure it would make a great choice for a new Linux user. Or for many old Linux users who fancied a change.
No, my problem with it is simply that it’s not Fedora. I’ve been using Red Hat based Linux distributions for many years. The first version of Red Hat Linux that I used was 4.2 which (I’m surprised to see) was released ten years ago. So I have ten years of experience of using Red Hat Linux and its successor, Fedora. That’s a lot of product knowledge. And it would be a shame to see that go to waste.
Oh, of course there are a lot of similarities between Linux distributions. They are, after all, all the same operating system underneath and they all install largely the same set of software. But there are subtle differences between them that can sometimes trip you up. In my case it was the package management system. Red Hat uses packages called RPMs which you manage with a command line program called yum. Ubuntu uses deb packages which you manage using apt. I could probably become proficient in using apt very quickly if I put the effort in. But I’m already proficient in using yum, so I’m not sure if there’s any point.
So I’m far happier back on Fedora. And Fedora 7 is a really nice advance on Fedora Core 6. But I believe that Ubuntu is probably just as good a choice for people who aren’t as stuck in their habits as I am. Ubuntu is certainly the distribution that is getting most of the publicity these days.
I don’t really think there’s much to choose between in modern Linux distributions. Just choose one that you like.
But please choose one. Don’t stay on Windows. That would be madness.
 Yes, there are GUI programs available too, if you’re that way inclined.