My Old Computer Died

The original hard-drive in my old 500 MHz PC sounds like a record player stuck in a grove, which is probably what has happened – the control arm failed. It was the drive with the operating system (Windows 2000), so I now have a good excuse to try Linux, although it has to be user-friendly since it’s my wife’s computer now.

I’ll post the agony of installing Linux and its associated programs that I’ll need: OpenOffice, FireFox, etc.

For now, though: where do I start? What version of Linux should I get? Anyone have any suggestions while I do some research?