Originally Posted by Steve
I might just do that. I suspect you'll be around here if I need any help?
Sure I will, plus whatever Distro you decide will have an active forum of it's own.
Since it's been awhile since you last ran Linux I've got a few recommendations for you to try. The first would be PCLOS (PC Linux OS) it's an easily installed almost fool proof distro that resides entirely on a single CDROM. You can try it out there and if you like it and want to install, it takes about 10-20 mins to get up and running. It's based on a fork of Mandriva. It's feature rich and about the easiest Distro I've ever seen to use. It's repo though not as large as some others is growing. But has apps for any purpose you can imagine. And the devs there are real cool about adding things if you find something you want they don't have. It just works right out of the box. I use it as a rescue disc for Linux and Windows boxes (much like how years back we all used Knoppix).
The second would be Ubuntu /Kubuntu depending upon if you'd like to try KDE or Gnome. It's a Debian based distro. It's also easy to use and install and has one of the largest installed base in the world with very active help forums. The downside is that it's a commercial based distro that though based on Debian is not binary compatible with it. So you can't mix and match Debian and Ubuntu repositories. Since it is a business they take a more conservative approach. You aren't going to find the latest greatest there, but you will find stability and comfort in knowing that there is plenty of help available.
Third would be if you like something more daring and experimental. Sabayon, is a binary Distro based on the cutting edge Gentoo unstable (don't let that scare you) tree. No need to compile, as the binaries are already made for different CPU architectures. It comes on a bootable DVD which you can try for awhile, see if you like and if so, it too only takes less than a half hour to fully install. It's available in KDE or Gnome flavors. The beauty of it is its package manger entropy. Sabayon updates often, so you're never too far behind whatever the latest releases out there. With it you have the choice of running only the precompiled binaries from their repo or if you find something you like that's not there, you can grab directly from Gentoo's portage and compile yourself easily. Then later on down the road you can even convert to pure Gentoo if you want to completely customize your setup. I've introduced 2 friends to Linux using this route.
Try it you'll like it!