For those of you genuinely interested in learning more about Linux, yet are worried about getting over the initial hump, you may find this article useful.
Here, Michael C. Barnes of DesktopLinux.com gives a great overview of several Linux distributions in his search for the best Linux desktop. It’s a simple introduction, and he points to software that complete the Linux experience (Open Office, multimedia programs, VOIP, video-conferencing, etc.). In the article, he recommends a Debian-based Linux distribution, and explains how to make this experience that much better. Worth a read.