This is a nice choice for the person looking to enhance their computer experience.
"Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". Ubuntu also means "I am what I am because of who we all are". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
That's right friends, xp is not the only thing that can run a computer. Your computer is stupid unless it's told what to do by an 'operating system'. Many people believe that automagicly means windows. When you buy your new computer it comes loaded with all kinds of ploys to get you to buy something or other. How many times must I say 'no' to aol? It's a sham, you're getting the short end of the stick.
Ubuntu is a linux distro that promises to be easy. Linux has often caused conniption fits in the average comp user because it looks so daunting. Not so with Ubuntu.
There is a large community as well that is eager to help you out and walk you through it. It actually doesn't look much different than what you have right now. Point and click. Some things are different but with time you'll realize that these differences offer up more flexability. More control over your machine. You should be the master of your machine, not the other way around.
So hit up the site and dl or order some cds and give it a shot. That box sitting there humming will love you for it. Remember it's stupid until it's told what to do, treat it kindly.
While you're at it, check out edubuntu then remind your school district that they can quit wasting money on frivolous candy. Education should not be dictated by dollar signs.