Darwin - I have had problems from the get-go with Xubuntu
8.04 running sluggishly...
I popped in the latest 8.10 beta and it seems to be a little snappier.
housetier: by definition of beta and newbie, I wouldn't say it's a good idea to recommend a beta version to a newbie
Still, I also recommend ubuntu, but 8.04 instead
 ok, 8.10 comes out of beta in 8 days. I guess that's not too bad, then. [/edit]
Yes, I've been tracking the daily builds off and on and I can tell you the beta is pretty solid. Just keep regular updates and you'll be fine.
Thanks I'll try "pidgin", Any idea of the best place to download it from and another linux programs? I will be needing a MP3 too
David, everything you need to begin with you will be able to install with the Synaptic package manager, as housetier mentioned.
See here for a good overview on what Synaptic can do for you: https://help.ubuntu....munity/SynapticHowto
With Ubuntu, most software is available from a central repository that is accessed by Synaptic, no searching around for software and associated libraries. It only gets difficult when you attempt to install software from off-repository sources or do installs from source code.
Pidgin should be installed by default, and to get mp3's working just install the package called "Ubuntu-restricted-extras"
Reply back here if you have any further questions, we have quite a few Linux
um... enthusiasts who will be able to help you get started.
Also get acquainted with the Ubuntu Forums: http://ubuntuforums.org/
Any question you may have will probably have already been answered there, more than once. It's a big place.
Good luck and Godspeed...